Talk to people in their language
In 1971, as a newly sworn-in member of the Navy, I was handed the responsibility over 79 other frightened and confused recruits.
As I was struggling to get my men to listen and obey orders, my company commander, the drill instructor, pulled me aside. He bluntly asked why I did not swear. I told him I was taught not to. Laughing, Senior Chief Rhodes instructed me in the fine art of swearing. After using a few well placed f-bombs and a few BS’s, my men finally understood me.
Moral of the story, some people will only respond to and understand what is said to them in their own language. Some in America only respond to epithets and shame. Use whatever means you can to get your message across.
Jack Flynn, Charlotte
Don’t add fuel to Trump’s fire
If we have had “enough of Trump,” it is not the answer to continue down his path of hate and bullying. We need to work together and set strategic goals. As hard as it is to not fight back, we must not promote that which enrages his base and allows him to play the victim. We know he will continue to lie and divide us with stories that promote fear. He wants to keep his base enraged. Trump has departed so far from what a president should be. Sad.
We need to get individuals registered and get out the vote. We can make the change needed!
Barbara Ziegler, Charlotte
Maxine Waters promotes division
In response to “Liberals lose when they act like Trump” (June 26 Opinion):
But Maxine Waters, how will you know who these evil people are just by looking at them? Maybe they should be forced to wear some sort of insignia that denotes their affiliation.
Then, if that doesn’t work, maybe they should be sent to “re-education” camps, for their own protection.
This method has worked in the past and has served socialist societies time and time again.
Harry Smith, Fort Mill
Liberals are calling out Maxine Waters
In response to “Liberal hypocrisy in selective outrage” (June 26 Forum):
Forum writer Rick Poe might want to check his facts before making typically nonsensical conservative claims. Like Donald Trump, facts can never get in the way of the message. There is already backlash from “liberals” to Sarah Sanders’s treatment at the Red Hen. Nobody with an ounce of brains in the liberal community thinks this treatment was a good idea.
Liberals stand for fairness, equal access, and equal treatment. When behavior is counter to this principle, it is usually rejected, regardless of the source. Otherwise, we look just like the Trumpies.
Just above Mr. Poe’s letter in Tuesday’s Observer is an opinion piece condemning Sanders’s treatment entitled “Liberals lose when they act like Trump.” Enough said.
Jack Hankins, Charlotte
Disappointed in establishment GOP
In response to “Prominent NC Republican to attend a rally for Democrats” (June 26):
Bob Orr, and establishment Republicans like him, are the exact reason Donald Trump was elected. For years, even decades, Republicans have been running and getting elected on the promise of lower taxes, less regulation, less spending, smaller government, etc., only to get to Washington and help Democrats grow the size of government, spend more money and raise taxes.
Mark Harris is a good, Christian man who I’m sure is aware of Donald Trump’s faults. However, he’s also aware of the success of Trump’s agenda (lowest unemployment in years, rising wages, strong economy, strengthening our military), and will support the president – unlike today’s Democrats who don’t have any ideas other than to resist, obstruct and hate.
Tripp Cherry, Matthews
It’s good to see how the other half lives
In response to “Trump criticizes restaurant for refusing Sanders” (June 26):
White conservatives are upset they were denied service. Let’s think of an event in the past when certain people were denied service – African-Americans, Woolworth’s, Greensboro, NC. Let’s think of recent history in which certain people were denied service because the owner thought the people were immoral — the baker who didn’t want to make a wedding cake for gay couple.
I think everyone should be served, but I do find it interesting and ironic that white conservatives are now upset when they are the ones not getting served based on others viewing them as immoral.
Chris Ayers, Charlotte