Don’t forget the 528 separated children
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In case the country has forgotten, there are still 528 children of families separated at the Mexican border who have not been returned to their families.
Not only have they not been returned, but the government has admitted that they don’t know where some of the parents are. These children followed their mom, dad or a guardian. They took their parents’ hands and walked – they probably didn’t even know why.
Americans, wake up. If we allow this to happen, whose children will be next to be separated from their families?
This kind of government persecution is reminiscent of 1939 when another government was separating children from parents.
Mary Ann Evanoff, Midland
Parmenter’s efforts should be applauded
In response to Peter St. Onge “A first-day-of-school assignment” (Aug. 28 Opinion):
At a time we are constantly assaulted by the bombastic acts of a crazed despot in the White House, how wonderful to be reminded that the world still includes people who act respectfully and care so thoughtfully about others. Truly grateful for the story about seventh-grade teacher Justin Parmenter.
Cathie Solomonson, Troutman
NRA not responsible for gun violence
In response to “Gun violence needs to be taken care of” (Aug. 28 Opinion):
Forum writer Robert Culbertson blames the NRA for gun violence and states that the U.S. has more guns and gun violence than any country in the world. The reality is that the NRA supports gun ownership mainly for self protection against illegal life-threatening forces. The NRA members aren’t supporters of mass killings. None of the shooters have been members.
Secondly, the U.S. is not number one in gun violence at only 4.5 killed per 100,000. El Salvador is number one with more than 90 killings out of 100,000. The countries with the most gun violence are in Central and South America.
Larry Singer, Cornelius
‘Top businessman’? Definitely not Trump
In response to “Boy, does it feel good to have Trump” (Aug. 28 Forum):
A Forum contributor wrote that it feels good to have a “top businessman” as president. Is he referring to the “top businessman” who declared bankruptcy at least four times? The one accused of stealing $25 million from students at his phony Trump University?
Or, the astute businessman whose record tax cuts for the rich will result in the national deficit topping $1 trillion this year? Or, the one who plans to pay for this handout by cutting social programs like CHIP, Medicare and Medicaid?
Wow! We have a genius in the White House!
Joseph Pepe, Charlotte
Act like the great nation we are
Government should not be run by personal beliefs, but by national beliefs. Good representatives of the people need to be able to cast aside their biases and be open to the fact that they may be wrong. They must govern for the people and maintain the premises lain down by the Constitution and the laws of the land, without exception.
No person can be exempt from these laws regardless of position, including the presidency. Everyone needs to be accountable for their actions and face prosecution for any misdeeds, fairly, under the law. We are the greatest nation; let’s act like it.
Phillip Nowlin, Huntersville
Socialism has no place here
In response to “Schools should aim higher than creating good workers” (Aug. 25 Opinion):
Community columnist Rachel Kubie’s hate for capitalism is evident. She wants to shift power “away from the ruling corporate class and in favor of ordinary people.”
Sounds like socialism to me. I hope before people like Kubie and Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren take control of a $20 trillion economy, they have something better than Cuban or Venezuelan socialism to offer.
Will entrepreneurs like Bill Gates still have an incentive to produce wonderful new products and find the capital to bring them to market?
Robert Parker, Hickory
Bikers need to pay more attention
Recently, I was leaving my neighborhood at 6 a.m. and almost hit a cyclist. I had a green light and looked both ways because people run the light. A cyclist ran the light and as a result came very close to going to the hospital.
If the cyclists want to share the road, they need to follow the rules. When the light is red, stop. I know it kills your pace, but think of the other people who ride and follow the rules. They have to endure the invective from drivers because you don’t follow the rules.
John Weir, Charlotte