Host RNC; let city and civility shine
In response to “Council member questions hosting GOP convention” (July 4):
City Council member Braxton Winston’s comment about hosting “a celebration for a brand of politics that has been highly divisive and some would say dangerous to our community” should be directed to his own party.
Democrats preach tolerance right up until someone disagrees with them and then take to the streets engaging in bizarre behavior. Witness recent events directed at Sarah Sanders and Kirstjen Nielsen. Listen to the message of US Rep. Maxine Waters. Tolerance is nowhere to be found among Democrats.
Bring on the Republican National Convention and let the challenge be to show civility and well-mannered discourse! Tell your brigade of antifa street soldiers to stay home.
Let Charlotte shine on the world stage!
Jay Lewis, Davidson
Other cities better equipped for RNC
If I lived in Charlotte, I would be thanking Braxton Winston for addressing the very important bid to invite the RNC to Charlotte.
There are very good reasons why other cities are not interested. It is a “be careful what you wish for” situation. It is not too late to gracefully back away.
Let whatever happens in Vegas stay in Vegas. They are better equipped than Charlotte.
Rick Mohler, Midland
Illegal immigrants deserve compassion
In response to “Isn’t America still a sovereign nation?” (July 4 Forum):
I am tired of the false narratives and “dark government” conspiracies being peddled. Someone breaking into your home is looking to hurt you or steal from you.
An immigrant fleeing a dangerous homeland is doing what any human being would do, risking everything for a better life.
Technically they are illegal immigrants, but more accurately they are human beings in need of help and compassion. We have been gifted many blessings as Americans and it is not “stupid or naive” to pay it forward.
Kelly Morlacci, Charlotte
Women deserve to know all the risks
In response to “As midwife births gain popularity, hospitals adjust” (July 3):
The writer is a Charlotte pediatrician.
In the front-page “Special Deliveries” article on midwifery, the quote under the subtitle says: “It’s time to do what’s right for women.” True enough, but the midwife or obstetrician has two patients, the woman and the baby.
There is brief mention of the excessive number of neonatal deaths at Baby+Co in Cary, but it is buried on page 2 with no follow-up, re: the subsequent investigation of Baby+Co. in Cary, or of the content and status of NC Senate Bill 798.
Women deserve information about the risks as well as the benefits around their decisions.
Dr. Elizabeth Koonce, Charlotte
We should be thanking NC GOP
In the wake of teacher protests and left-leaning media coverage, here is my look at the GOP state budget: GOP legislators continue to make significant investments in teacher pay, school safety, and law enforcement. North Carolina is providing teachers with their fifth consecutive pay increase. Legislative leaders have formed a school safety committee and appropriated $35 million to prevent future attacks on our young people.
Legislators gave highway patrol officers an average 8 percent increase and lifted base pay from $39,000 to $44,000.
By cutting corporate and personal income tax rates, GOP leaders are putting more of the people’s money back where it belongs – in the people’s pockets. We should be thanking N.C. Republicans, not cursing them.
Trevor Cherry, Charlotte
Abandoned bikes endanger me, others
On a recent early morning stroll I stumbled and almost fell over two rental bikes parked on the sidewalk at Chelsea Drive and Dellwood Avenue in Myers Park. Millions of dollars were spent making sidewalks accessible to the handicapped, including the visually challenged. I am 88 years old and can tell you from experience why Charlotte is one of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians.
Harold Smyre, Charlotte
Time to move the July 4 holiday
There is nothing unique about the date July 4. What is special is “Independence Day” and all the significant history implied.
It should be celebrated the second Thursday in July each year. Moving it to that fixed date would create a holiday weekend like that at Thanksgiving, while focusing on the day’s true meaning rather than firecrackers and sales.
David Loughran, Indian Trail