Stop shunning honorable GOPers
In response to “Disappointed in establishment GOP” (June 27 Forum):
Tripp Cherry and Mark Harris support a president who is a serial adulterer, separated immigrant children from their parents, tried to take away insurance protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, supported an accused pedophile for the Senate, banned immigrants fleeing from the horror that is the Syrian Civil War, has made more than 3,000 false statements, and denigrated Muslims, Mexicans, an entire continent, and his own Justice Department and FBI.
Men like Bob Orr, John McCain, Jeff Flake, and George Will want their president and party to have ethics, decency, restraint, dignity, and an adherence to truth.
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Unfortunately, Tripp Cherry is right about Bob Orr. Such men are apparently not welcome in today's Republican Party.
Kevin Morris, Charlotte
Why assign Supreme Court politics?
In response to “Save us, Sens. Collins and Murkowski” (July 3 Our View):
I’m wondering when interpreting the Constitution as written became “far right.” Can we now conclude that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan’s interpretations are “far left”?
Julian Spratt, Charlotte
Jerry Richardson earned his statue
In response to “What will happen to the public tributes...” (July 3):
The statue of Jerry Richardson outside the Panthers’ stadium should stay right where it is. It was erected in recognition of Richardson bringing an NFL franchise to Charlotte, not because he was a model employer or person. I have not heard anyone regret that we have a franchise because of his bad behavior.
Also, there is a big difference between creepy behavior and being accused of rape as Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein have been. Not to minimize anything, but the victims were willing to settle for money instead of the truth. Time to move on.
Mark Slaven, Charlotte
Charlotte can’t handle the RNC
I have a question for Mayor Vi Lyles.
Which is more important to citizens of Charlotte? Is it our integrity or has it now become about the almighty dollar?
The Republican National Convention is not what many citizens of our city want. Just because we were able to handle the DNC doesn't mean we will be able to handle the hatred and bigotry that will surely come if we host the RNC.
The last big protest here resulted in death. I have no illusions about CMPD being able to handle the onslaught of violence that will be brought down upon us. They are already shorthanded and, as much as I appreciate CMPD, I don't think this is something we should even consider.
Carol Shubkin, Charlotte
Isn’t America still a sovereign nation?
If a U.S. citizen trespasses on my home or property, I can call law enforcement and have him/her removed immediately. I don’t believe I need to provide food, clothing and shelter until the individual gets a “due process” hearing before a judge.
Are we really saying that an illegal immigrant gets a better deal than a U.S. citizen in situations of unlawful entry? Yes, we should be kind, caring and compassionate but, at the same time, we do not need to be stupid or naive!
John S. Perugini, Waxhaw
Alarmed by cabinet conflict of interest
Can someone explain to me why having Elaine Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, serve on this president's cabinet is not a conflict of interest?
I know Ms. Chao also served under President Bush until 2009 and Senator McConnell became minority leader in 2007, but that two year overlap wasn't a problem because McConnell had little if any power.
While my wife doesn't control everything I say or do, let's just say she has a profound impact on my actions. It seems to me that Senator McConnell is very reluctant to challenge this president on anything. Could domestic tranquility be one of the reasons?
Jack Matthews, Charlotte
A Happy Birthday health reminder
In response to “Dozens sick after eating contaminated food at potluck birthday party” (July 3):
"… scrub thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, officials said."
Excellent advice, indeed, but how long is 20 seconds? A good estimate is to sing (to yourself of course) the Happy Birthday song two times while scrubbing.
Try it, it works.
Ted Lucas, Charlotte