Letters to the Editor

Hold scooter companies liable for the damage, litter they create

Rules should hold scooter owners liable

In response to Our View “Charlotte needs to get moving on scooter rules” (July 26 Editorial):

I have mixed feelings about the scooters, as well as their ancestors, the bikes. They look like fun. They are convenient for short trips, and an attractive toy for the young professionals Charlotte likes to lure.

They also look like litter that has been scattered randomly in residential and business/retail areas. It’s not a pretty sight.

Who will be held responsible for the inevitable accidents, damage and injuries? The companies can’t control the behavior of the riders, no matter how many instructions they provide.

So perhaps the regulations should include making companies liable for anything that happens regarding the property they’ve deposited all around the city, much the way owners should be responsible for what their dogs deposit in neighborhood yards.

M’Lou Greene, Charlotte

New NC amendment will aid crime victims

The writer is mayor of Indian Trail.

Michael Alvarez
Michael Alvarez

North Carolina voters will have several constitutional amendments presented for their consideration this Election Day. One is “Marsy’s Law,” which will provide needed protections for victims of violent crimes.

Far too often, victims are forgotten and left without a voice once the assailant has been arrested and sentenced. Marsy’s Law will mandate that victims are given a voice throughout the parole process.

The time is long overdue for us to give victims the rights they deserve. We owe it to them to remove the partisan politics that have plagued us for so long.

Michael Alvarez, Indian Trail

Trump’s tariffs, farm aid ill-conceived

Daryl Solomonson
Daryl Solomonson Picasa

Our president is doing it again, this time with agriculture and tariffs. It’s a pattern that is going to collapse our economy.

The administration added $1.8 trillion to the deficit so the wealthiest could enjoy a major tax break. Now we are expected to pay $12 billion to farmers who are suffering financially because of poorly thought out and implemented policies by this president.

We are just starting to witness the consequences of this incompetent leadership: Farmers who cannot sell their products and industries forced to raise prices and reduce employment. November cannot get here fast enough.

Daryl Solomonson, Troutman

C’mon Mayor Lyles, give the speech

By giving the RNC welcome speech Mayor Vi Lyles would put her stamp on what this convention could symbolize.

Please don’t squander this golden opportunity, Mayor Lyles! Our country desperately needs to witness people like you rising above the fray to confirm what this country is all about. Donald Trump has surely missed this chance to unite us.

Please stand up and offer a new tone of unity that has been sorely missing from our national dialogue. Let Charlotte and its mayor be the shining example of how to bring us together as Americans. It has to start somewhere!

Mary Kim Folds, Davidson

I’m ready to send UNC coach packing

In response to “UNC football players caught selling shoes” (July 20):

I am a UNC Chapel Hill graduate and I love my university. This episode of football players selling equipment makes me wonder how involved the coaching staff is with the players. I am ready to send coach Larry Fedora packing and find a replacement who can manage the young men who play for him.

We were so fortunate not to be penalized more severely for the bogus classes and now we have another issue – I am embarrassed again.

Blair Plyler, Charlotte

The humble C.D. Spangler I knew

In response to “ ‘A leader like no other,’ for schools, business” (July 24):

Dottie Toney
Dottie Toney

C.D. Spangler did so much for Charlotte and North Carolina. I knew him because of something he did that very few people knew about.

In the ’70s and ’80s the Charlotte Nature Museum Guild held fundraisers for the museum and to raise money for Discovery Place. The big fundraiser was a haunted house, held for several years at an old house on Monroe Road that had a nice balcony above the entrance. Each year Mr. Spangler would dress up as Dracula and stand on the balcony to “scare” people. He did this on his own, not expecting any praise or recognition.

Dottie Toney, Charlotte