Neither political party owns virtue
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A progressive view of the world seems to assume that hate and bad intentions motivate anyone whose vision of achieving a better society differs from their own. If that means taking to the streets at a Republican convention in Charlotte – even knowing full well that some citizens will use the opportunity to wreak havoc – then, by golly, so be it.
Neither party has a lock on virtue, but all of us have the right to vote. If you don’t like the election winner – as most Republicans didn’t in the Obama era – act like a responsible adult. Don’t take us back to the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
Charlotte doesn’t need RNC damage
The Charlotte City Council must reject the Republican Convention in 2020. Demonstrators will pour in from all over. Some anti-Trump demonstrators will be set on confrontation. There will also be pro-Trump white supremacists, Ku Kluxers, neo-Nazis, and regular MAGA folks raring for a fight. When a riot really starts, the police will be urged to use force. State troopers and National Guard troops will be mobilized. There could be property damage, armored personnel carriers, tear gas and water cannons.
Does Charlotte really want this? Would an economic windfall for the hospitality industry be worth the damage it will bring to our city? No and no! Let Las Vegas have the convention. It has no reputation to lose.
David W. Abbott,
Does Charlotte want any GOP business?
In response to “As Charlotte support for GOP convention wanes, Vegas steps up” (July 10):
An article in the Charlotte Observer on Tuesday said that a second city councilman stated he would not support the 2020 Republican National Convention.
As a Christian conservative and a President Trump supporter, I must say that I feel a bit oppressed, but thankful for the heads up. I have been forewarned that I just might not be welcome to do business in Charlotte, N.C.
Don Ledbetter, Statesville
Glad for community cooperation
A house burned to the ground on Monday up in Highland Creek.
Their neighbors, and all of the greater Charlotte area, can be thankful and appreciative of what they saw in action. The house is just over the Mecklenburg line in Concord/Cabarrus. Jurisdiction did not matter as multiple units from Concord, Harrisburg, Odell and Charlotte answered their calls, as did both Concord police and CMPD. In such a horrible personal situation, we should take pride in such old-fashioned cooperation.
Find time to thank those who protect our communities daily.
Coy Powell, Charlotte
I hope we’re avoiding another Souter
In response to “Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s choice for Supreme Court” (July 10):
The Republican party does not have a good record on selecting judges for the Supreme Court. George Bush Sr.’s selection of David Souter was a disaster, and he voted with Democrats on almost every big vote before the court. Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote and voted with Democrats far too often.
I just hope President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t become a “Souter moment” for the GOP.
Jim Cherry, Charlotte
Mark Harris seeks to control women
In response to “Paging Mark Harris; it's the 21st century” (July 9 Opinion):
Mark Harris has long been a leader in a denomination that has resolutely subjugated women.
Harris’s sermon explicitly identifies men as “servant leaders” and women as “servant lovers,” (I listened to it all!) ignoring the God-given diversity of leading and loving that transcends sexual identity. To maintain his integrity, it will be incumbent upon Harris to legislate this warped patriarchal theology on the American public.
Harris predicts he will be intentionally misquoted. There is no need to misquote this man to reject his theology. Any time a man gives a directive to an entire group of women: “you must understand your core calling,” be certain that this is a man seeking domination and control, not servanthood or understanding. That is not the man I would have represent me in Congress.
Nancy Ellett Allison,