Letters to the Editor

I wouldn’t want my son playing UNC football

UNC coach should care about safety

In response to “Fedora’s claims are simply ridiculous” (July 19):

Augie E. Beasley

I was amazed, surprised and appalled at the remarks made by Larry Fedora. How could he believe that America is great because we are a football playing nation? Think a moment, when America was winning WWI and WWII and snatching colonies from Spain, America was primarily a baseball playing nation.

Also for him to deny the role football plays in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is at best disingenuous. This does not sound like a coach who has his players’ welfare at heart, but one who wants to win at any cost.

It is dangerous for Fedora to make such reckless statements. If I had a son of football age, and he had the chance to play at UNC-CH, I would recommend he go somewhere else.

Augie E. Beasley, Charlotte

Keep tax cuts for small business

I am seeing improvements in the economy since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed. My automotive services business has picked up a lot, and fellow small business owners are seeing the same thing.

Given that, I think these tax cuts for the small business guy should absolutely be made permanent. Small businesses have been hit hard by taxes and we need some breaks! If I could send less to the IRS, I could pay my employees more and hire additional people. I would also look into buying new equipment.

Mark Giocondo,


The RNC is a public safety issue

Charlotte hosting the RNC convention should not be viewed as a partisan issue, but rather a public safety issue.

Any event that has the potential to bring rioting and violence similar to what we saw unfold here in September 2016 should be viewed as a non-starter by city council. Our leaders showed their true interests with their vote by determining that our status and the bottom line are more important than the many public safety concerns this event will bring.

The fact that Charlotte was the only city to put together a realistic bid for the convention tells us all we need to know about what other cities believe the danger to be with hosting this event. Anyone who doesn’t believe the convention could bring harm is fooling themselves.

Alexander Lee, Harrisburg

NFL players, learn from the World Cup

The NFL is trying to force players to honor the flag. Our players need to have noticed the pre-game ceremonies when the World Cup games were broadcast.

When the national anthems were played each team was seen singing their national anthem. Many of those countries have fewer opportunities and freedoms than we have but they did show pride in the country they were representing. Honoring our flag is being proud to be an American.

Christ Koconis, Charlotte

Bicycles are not meant for our roads

In response to “Is Booty Loop ‘the most dangerous 3 miles to ride a bike in Charlotte’? (July 22):

I don’t understand why we must share the road with bikes. We’re driving down the road in a 3,000 to 4,000 pound vehicles doing anywhere from 25 to 55 miles per hour, and then right next to us, or often directly in front of us, is a 15 lb. bike with a soft tissue, fragile human pumping away at the peddles. Even the “bike lanes” are dangerous; it’s not uncommon for a cyclist to veer from the lane.

Somebody create a law that says bikes are only permitted on roads that have a maximum speed limit of 25 MPH. Good luck to the Booty Loop participants.

Chris Glase, Indian Land, S.C.

‘Pay to drive’ policies are oppressive

In response to “One ticket shouldn’t cost you your license” (July 22 Viewpoint):

Christopher Gergen and Frederick Mayer’s article was excellent and made a number of good points. The sad truth is that it takes a lot of money to operate an automobile. For the working poor, any ticket or summons can be crippling. This state has one of the most oppressive and punitive systems that works against the poor. It is almost like they want to keep the jackboot on the throat of the people who have no voice and no power.

Paul Byrd, Hickory

Helsinki Summit just brought more lies

There’s an old adage that goes: “To hide a lie, a thousand lies are needed.” If anyone needs a reaffirmation of the truth behind that profound statement, they only need to reference what has transpired in the aftermath of the recent Helsinki summit.

Ray Brayboy, Myrtle Beach, S.C.