Letters to the Editor

If the RNC comes to Charlotte, let’s make the most of it

Let’s meet in the middle at the RNC

I went to Monday’s Convention meeting to hear the pro and con arguments. After listening, I embraced the “con” view because I realized that while there may be a short-term financial gain, we would not be able to regain the time and energy spent when we need to focus on affordable housing and upward mobility.

However, I was impressed with the fairness of the process, and embrace the decision. My challenge is this: In this Democratic city, provide the Republicans organized opportunities to engage in civil discourse with folks that think differently from them. I am sure there are plenty of open-minded Democrats, independents and Republicans who would welcome talking and listening to each other about social justice issues. We all have something to learn from each other.

Deb Park, Charlotte

District One needs better options

I volunteered for Larken Egleston’s campaign in 2017 by making phone calls. I believed in this candidate who claimed he would preserve our community against any threat to its fabric. After Monday’s “no” vote, I can no longer in good faith support a councilmember who is willing to put members of his district at risk of Trump supporters who have become emboldened by the president’s rhetoric.

With that being said, Patsy Kinsey’s smug suggestion that she may return to challenge Larken offers a bad alternative. I voted against Patsy because she failed to listen to her constituents except when it came to removing poor folks from the view of the newly moneyed. Surely, District 1 can do better than these two.

Jimmy Vasiliou, Charlotte

Trump’s tricks aren’t fooling us

I believe the whole country viewed former president Bill Clinton with well-deserved derision when he made his infamous statement: “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

But with Trump, there are misdeeds and misspeaks nearly daily, and of much greater consequence to every American than Clinton’s philandering. Trump blurts out anything – reminds me of the middle school students I counseled for 25 years – and then he and his discomfited staff try to walk back his statements.

Would/wouldn’t you like for this to end?

Debra Efird, Harrisburg

Don’t put the blame on teachers

In response to “CMS leader preparing to rattle some cages” (July 15):

As a public school teacher for 23 years, the message from Clayton Wilcox about moving teachers to low-performing schools sounds like a broken record.

My loyalty would be gained if he stated that all of our schools are equally filled with dedicated staff, so if your school is underperforming the parents and students who attend that school need to only look in the mirror for the people who can make it better.

Brian Siemering, Hickory

LaWana Mayfield doesn’t represent me

In response to “Council says yes to hosting RNC” (July 17):

Through her diatribe during the discussion of the RNC Convention as well as other important topics, LaWana Mayfield reflects her own racist and divisive attitudes, arrogance and disdain for conservative views, which affords a grave injustice to District 3 and the City of Charlotte.

We are in a time when those in leadership positions should set an example for younger generations as to how to conduct themselves in public, be mindful of the impact of the comments they make about their opposition, and leadwith thoughtful consideration of all citizens of Charlotte. Mayfield is an educated black, gay female who could do great things during her tenure, but she elects to utilize her position to fuel the flames that divide us.

Douglas E. Wilson,


A lying president isn’t unprecedented

In response to “Obama laments 'strongman politics' and leaders who lie” (July 18):

Does political hypocrisy have no bounds? For Obama to lament world leaders who lie is quite charming. It’s safe to say that President Trump is making a professional sport out of falsehoods for political purposes, but that does not expunge Obama’s record for the lies he told the American people. The same can be said for Hillary Clinton. I guess George Costanza was right when he said, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

Thomas Quigley, Charlotte