Trump was wrong about N. Korea
President Trump says don’t worry about North Korean nukes anymore.
Meanwhile, North Korea continues to upgrade its reactor despite commitments made during the summit.
Moral of this story: Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!
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Phil Summerville, Maiden
Trump’s immigration plan is a good one
President Trump is right, we must do something to shut off the hoards of people coming from Central American countries.
They are coming, and will continue to come, because they would rather face the danger of trying to get in this country than the danger of staying at home.
We should declare these nations outlaw nations and send in military to help clean out the gangs and re-establish the rule of law.
Elton Shoemaker, Charlotte
Civility? It fled as the Tea Party rose
In response to Our View “Liberals lose when they act like Trump” (June 26):
Let the Editorial Board stand down. Civility fled years ago, thanks to a giddy, puerile Tea Party.
We’re all just waiting for November. Then we’ll know whether the Republic can last, or at last deservedly expire with a whimper. It will fulfill Stalin’s assertion that America is not exceptional, but subject to the same historical forces that roil Italy, or Romania, or Niger.
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, good luck keeping your precious Republic.
Steve Craig, Charlotte
Balance of power in NC is at stake
In response to Our View “A blatant power grab, and a hidden one” (June 27):
Kudos to the editorial board for pointing out the dangers of a proposed NC constitutional amendment, relating to the board of elections, that would lead to legislative dominance over all three branches of state government.
I have seen pointblank the desire of the current NCGA leadership to dominate power at every level, including stripping power from local authorities like cities and school boards.
Please remind voters of this egregious power grab again when the November elections are closer. Balance of power is essential; our state will lose its democracy if this comes to pass.
Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte
Laws must better protect cyclists
In response to “A witness says a Mercedes ‘seemed to accelerate’ as it hit cyclist” (June 28):
The writer is executive director of BikeWalkNC.
As we take to the roads more often in warmer weather, we have to remember that we are legally bound to share the road, sidewalks and greenways.
We need to continue to improve our roads/sidewalks and move towards a “Vision Zero” where nobody dies at the hands of a driver. Getting to Vision Zero without changing the penalties and laws protecting cyclists and pedestrians will make that vision harder to attain.
Charlotte and North Carolina have become cycling and tourist destinations, and we need to ensure that the worst of us do not destroy what makes our city and state great.
Terry Lansdell, Charlotte
I get frustrated by selfish cyclists
In response to “CMPD, help protect Charlotte’s bicyclists” (June 28 Forum):
I used to bike, even to work. But years ago riders realized we were not cars and did not choose to compete with them, taking back roads when possible.
Living near the “booty loop” and dodging the stop-sign runners and whole road entitlement riders, I get frustrated that these riders are so selfish – and with the city’s blessing.
If we are to share the road, maybe bikers should have insurance and license plates like motorists. Both are on public streets and both need to obey traffic laws. I am pro bike, but more steps are needed to accommodate all public street uses, scooters too.
Patrick Morgan, Charlotte
One sweetheart deal for team is plenty
In response to “Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Knights just scored a big break on their property taxes,” (June 27):
How naive of Republican Rep. Bill Brawley to suggest that since the Panthers do not own the land they use and profit from they should not be on the hook for any contribution of real estate taxes.
This would be all well and good except the Panthers pay $1 per year for the 34 acres they lease from the taxpayers to support their private operation.
Mr. Brawley, please feel free to run the numbers on a market based annual lease for 34 acres in the central business district and see if perhaps it dwarfs the annual tax bill they are currently paying. You get a sweetheart deal on either the taxes or the market lease rate, not both.
Allen Crawford, Charlotte