What Trump did at border was evil
It is difficult to get your mind around the fact that 711 of the children taken from their parents at the Mexican border have not been reunited with their parents. Friday was the court deadline to have “eligible” parents reunited with their children.
Our president is an evil man.
Watson Burts, Charlotte
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I find sensitivity about RNC amusing
Charlotte’s sensitivity to being the only bidder for the RNC is amusing. And you must hand it to the Democrats, they are united in their hatred for Trump. Their only chance for a win in November is to demonize Trump, hoping this will influence the vote.
Charlotte’s paranoia about its image, along with the power of the uptown crowd, squeaked out a narrow win for our hypocritical City Council.
And yes, public safety might very well become a major consideration. Same is true of the CIAA.
Don Reid, Charlotte
Stiff fines, jail time for RNC protesters
It is a given that there will be a lot of outside people coming in to provoke disturbances at the GOP Convention.
We should have an enhanced police presence and temporarily enact huge fines for actions that cause or abet rioting before and during the RNC. We should (1.) Immediately arrest all participants, and (2.) fine them $10,000 or jail time of six months. These strict and immediate measures should cause anyone thinking of joining protests to think twice.
Large signs stating this policy should be posted in prominent places at the train station, bus station, light-rail stations, and in uptown areas such as the convention center and the Spectrum Center.
Sheila W. Evans, Charlotte
Trump can’t separate meddling, collusion
A president who was a patriot would make the distinction between collusion and Russian interference in US elections and vigorously defend America.
Instead of defending America from Putin’s meddling, Trump has attacked institutions that serve to protect our democracy.
The real question now is why. You can no longer attribute Trump’s actions to a narcissist’s inability to acknowledge what could be a blemish on his election. After watching him side with Putin over our intelligence agencies in Helsinki, it is obvious that the motive for Trump’s actions is more sinister. Either Putin has something over Trump or the dog guilty of collusion is barking loudly.
Kenneth Raynor, Charlotte
Work together for solution on DACA
Last year, President Trump asked Congress to pass legislation replacing DACA that would protect Dreamers and enhance border security.
Congress responded by taking up two highly partisan pieces of legislation that would have decimated our nation’s legal immigration system.
Over eight in 10 Americans want a fix for Dreamers. There are plenty of bipartisan options available that combine permanent relief for Dreamers with enhanced border security. The security provisions in the USA Act would guarantee operational control of the border within two years.
Congressman Robert Pittenger said the president was correct to ask Congress to replace DACA. The only way to get that done is for the two parties to work together.
Darby Ford, Charlotte
NC lawmakers, fight back on environment
I am disgusted by the Trump administration’s constant attempts to destroy the environment!
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed evidence that the public monuments he has been shrinking boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries. Now, Trump is targeting the Endangered Species Act and wants to conduct seismology testing for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
This is all in the interests of big oil and gas! Where does it end? What sort of planet will we leave for our children?
It is time for those elected to represent us – Rep. Robert Pittenger and Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr – to push back and take action to protect our environment!
Laura Reich, Matthews
C.D. Spangler left city notably better
In response to “ ‘A leader like no other,’ for schools, business” (July 24):
Dick Spangler always willingly answered the bugle call of citizenship. He told me his animating philanthropic principle was to support as many good ideas as possible. Thanks, Dick, for leaving our community notably better than the one into which you were born in 1932.
Rolfe Neill, Charlotte