Letters to the Editor

Trump may not be president we want, but he’s the leader we need

Times like these call for a man like Trump

The media is pathetic and so are the liberals elected to serve us in Congress. Donald Trump may not be the president we want. He is the president we need for now.

For too many decades, both sides of the aisle have allowed us to be a tool for the rest of the world.

For too long now we have been a doormat for the world. Enough!

Robert W. Shirley, Charlotte

This isn’t diplomacy, it’s hypocrisy, bluster


President Obama proposed meeting Kim Jong Un without condition and was criticized and mocked by Fox News and the GOP. They said he coddled enemies and alienated allies.

Fast forward to President Trump praising a funny, smart, “very talented” Kim – who just happened to kill his uncle and who has killed and/or imprisoned hundreds of thousands – and these same voices laud Trump with a huge win. Not!

The agreement is more vague and flimsy than the detailed, verifiable Iran agreement Trump ended. It’s a sad day when earnest, honest politics and diplomacy succumb to bluster, hypocrisy and bad faith as Trump legitimizes a brutal, repressive regime.

Chip Potts, Mooresville

Headline reflected summit takeaway

In response to “Not everything Trump does is wrong” (June 14 Forum):

The headline of “Trump agrees to end military drills in summit” accurately reflects what is arguably the most actionable takeaway from the summit, with everything else being vague and non-specific.

A one-sided, anti-Trump headline would have been something like “Kim takes Trump to the cleaners” or “North Korea reaps propaganda windfall.”

Barry Jordan, Charlotte

U.S. needs more leaders like Grant

Amy Keith
Amy Keith

In response to Bob Orr “I’ve changed my mind on voter ID” (June 14 Opinion):

I’m a liberal Democrat, but I so appreciated Bob Orr’s letter about the voter ID issue, as well his review of Ron Chernow’s “Grant.”

I consider reading it one of my main accomplishments of 2018. I have my own copy and will revisit it often. I have a better understanding of the man and his times thanks to this book.

We are badly in need of leaders like Grant, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

Amy Keith, Charlotte

Stop ignoring these reckless fiscal policies

As recently published in the Observer, Social Security and Medicare are headed for insolvency faster than previously thought.

Americans, I am not impressed with your foolish apathy on this issue. In 10 years, it is very likely that interest on the federal debt will be the largest government program.

There is already too much poverty in the U.S. If something is not done – and soon – about these issues, in 10 to 15 years there will be enough poverty to cause food riots.

Americans, wake up from your foolish complacency, and let your candidates and elected officials know that their reckless fiscal policies are unacceptable.

Jason Goodfriend, Matthews

Fault for trade deficits lies with us

Do not blame our trade deficits on our allies. The fault lies here in our country. We love cheap goods.

Mary Ann Evanoff
Mary Ann Evanoff

We love to go shopping at discount stores and load up on all kinds of “stuff,” whether we need it or not. Most of these goods come from Asia and are poorly made, last a short while, and then are tossed into our overflowing landfills.

We can, however, spread the blame on our legislatures. When manufacturing first went overseas little was said about how devastating it would be to American workers. There were “greener” pastures in countries where workers were paid pennies per hour.

If manufacturing returns, you will not have the purchasing power that you have now. People will need a living wage and the price of goods will reflect this. Your choice.

Mary Ann Evanoff, Midland

Here we go again, wiping away history

In response to “Night club that once hosted Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Bill Clinton could be demolished” (June 13):

Go ahead, tear down the Excelsior Club. After all, it’s only fair. Charlotte has torn down the house in which the Declaration of Independence (Meck Dec) was first signed, sold off the streetcar right of ways, let the Carolina Theater be set ablaze by the homeless, and flattened “the” Goodyear store.

So, why not darken another bit of our heritage?

Hank Cowell, Matthews