RNC 2020 is a nice time for a vacation
In response to “The RNC is a public safety issue” (July 24 Forum):
I totally concur with the letter warning that the RNC is a public safety issue, but I think there’s a better example of what could go wrong.
I’m old enough to remember the violence and rioting that occurred at the 1968 Democratic convention. If you think 2016’s violence is a measure of what could happen, think or read about 1968. There will be an awful amount of angry people that will descend on our beautiful city. They won’t be here to congratulate the RNC. I think I saw a comment that the week of the RNC would be a great time to plan an out-of-town vacation ... just saying.
Ronald W. Ludwikowski, Mount Holly
Trump keeps the hypocrisy coming
In 2011, Donald Trump accused President Obama of starting a war with Iran to get reelected. Now President Trump is threatening a war with Iran to get reelected in 2020.
Is Trump suddenly so struck with the plight of the Iranian people that he is willing to wage war with Iran to oust Hassan Rouhani and install a new regime? I believe he is just desperate to distract from his disastrous performance in Helsinki as well as new and damaging revelations about Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort.
Joseph Salerno, Charlotte
It’s nice to read about a true leader
In response to “C.D. Spangler Jr. | 1932-2018 ‘A leader like no other’ for schools, businesses” (July 24):
Isn’t it ironic that we read about a true public servant, C.D. Spangler, who was intelligent and wealthy, but whose heart and soul spoke and acted for all North Carolinians. Then we read, once again, about those shallow, self-centered “servants” in our legislature who exhibit no depth of inner integrity but who feel it necessary (in order to be reelected) to manipulate and impose their seedy agendas upon us. We don’t live forever. Therefore, we and they should aim to see that leaders come forth in order to eliminate the present air of selfish egotism.
Nancy Payne, Belmont
Dads deserve positive recognition
In response to “Dell lost the bet, but Steph ended up all wet” (July 20):
Thanks to The Charlotte Observer for recent positive ads and articles about fathers and their children, such as your ad with a dad and daughter sharing juice and a high-five together, and Dell and Steph Curry’s golf win-loss. Keep it going!
Dads are instrumental in raising their children, not the “deadbeats” for which they’ve too long taken a bad rap. Interested in learning more? Read “The Boy Crisis.”
Sheila Peltzer, Charlotte
Why be optimistic about Trump?
In response to “Trump, Putin meeting was a good start” (July 20 Forum):
Forum writer Howard Honeycutt feels the Trump, Putin meeting was “a good start,” because “we do not know what was said privately.”
Publicly, he attacked our NATO allies and told Montenegro (of all countries) he was afraid they were going to start World War III. He accepted Putin’s assurances about Russian campaign meddling, dismissing the advice of his intelligence services. He came back from the trip seriously considering an amazing suggestion that we send American citizens, including a former ambassador, to Moscow to be interrogated by the KGB. Given what he said publicly, we have every reason to be concerned about what he said privately.
No one was afraid “Trump would succeed.” We were afraid he’d give away the store.
Gautam Bose, Charlotte
Take responsibility for your health
In response to “Textbook calls cancer a ‘disease of choice’” (July 22):
As I read about UNC-CH’s online textbook aimed at teaching healthy lifestyles, I had to agree with the premise that in some cases cancer is a disease of choice; specifically cancer (and other health issues) related to smoking, over-eating and a sedentary lifestyle.
I say that as a 15-year prostate cancer survivor, also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. I am now medication free, still working full-time, and very physically active. I attribute that to taking ownership of my health and never letting the diagnosis put limits on me.
Some of the textbook’s message may not allow for environmental or genetic factors. However, in light of some people’s tendency to adopt the victim mentality, the message that we’re responsible for our long term health is crucial.
Richard London, Matthews