Letters to the Editor

Cornelius was just trying to protect its students. CMS board reacted poorly.

Cornelius acted to protect students

The writer is mayor pro-tem of Cornelius.

Michael F. Miltich
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CMS infrastructure is lacking across the county, but the latest school bond did not include any significant funding for additional facilities for fast-growing North Mecklenburg.

I voted to include Cornelius in HB 514 so the town had the option, if future needs were not met, to assure that our students, especially non-affluent ones, have access to quality education close to home.

If CMS accomplishes its mission of quality education for all, Cornelius would never have to exercise this option.

The CMS board’s reaction last week was: We’re glad to take your taxes, but don’t expect anything in return. Not a great way to improve communications between the CMS board and the municipalities it is charged to serve.

Michael Miltich, Cornelius

What did Matthews, other towns expect?

If Matthews wants its own schools, it should not expect its students to attend Providence High School. Not to mention that only four suburban areas were even granted that option by our ultra-conservative, backward-looking legislators to begin with.

This reeks of Brexit – make a rash decision and then complain about the implementation of it.

Did Matthews and the other suburban towns really believe their actions would not have larger consequences? Or, that they would not be perceived as segregationists?

Susan Gindra, Charlotte

Get districts right before voting again

Bruce Hendee
Bruce Hendee

Twice now the courts have struck down NC’s current US House districts as politically gerrymandered. The Supreme Court refused to overturn that. Now, the uproar is that the timing of the latest ruling is too close to the mid-term elections.

Let’s not vote again until we get it right.

To vote with districts that have been ruled unconstitutional is a waste of time and would only yield an illegitimate result. Redraw the districts to meet the court’s approval, have primaries in November, and hold final votes before swearing in the new Congress in January.

Don’t waste more time and money on something twice ruled unconstitutional.

Bruce Hendee, Shelby

Don’t be misled by gun violence stats

In response to “NRA not responsible for gun violence” (Aug. 29 Forum):

Comparing US gun violence to gun violence in Central and South American countries, which are some of the most war-torn, crime laden, politically corrupt and underdeveloped countries in the world, is comparing apples to oranges.

According to 2013 data from the World Health Organization the average of total firearm related deaths for 24 developed countries is 2.14 per 100,000. The United Kingdom is .25 deaths. The United States is 10.2 deaths per 100,000, the highest on the list.

Barry Stokes, Salisbury

Criminals won’t heed tougher gun laws

Gary Caton
Gary Caton

In response to “Doing nothing about guns isn’t working” (Aug. 30 Forum):

There are already many laws on the books, both state and federal, addressing the use and/or possession of firearms in the commission of a crime.

Forum writers like Keith Wilson advocate making it harder for a law-abiding citizen to own a firearm, but do not take into consideration that those laws will not be followed by criminals.

Gary Caton, Stanley

GOP, words matter; condemn Trump’s

Laura Reich

Thursday, a man in California was arrested by the FBI for serious threats of harm to reporters of the Boston Globe.

He believed Trump’s words that the media is “the enemy of the people.”

Words matter, especially those coming from the person who sits in the Oval Office. I am very disappointed and discouraged that none of the Republican leaders have spoken out forcefully against this behavior from President Trump.

I am thankful the FBI, another agency Trump loves to disparage, was able to catch the man before anyone was hurt.

Laura Reich, Matthews

Catholic church must change its dynamic

In response to “Eliminate celibacy rule to stem abuse” (Aug. 31 Forum):

Eliminating celibacy is not enough. The dynamics of the Catholic church need to change; allowing women priests would do this. It would impact the “good old boy” mentality.

Above all, offenders and everyone involved in the cover-ups must be severely and publicly punished. These men have committed crimes, and while the legal period for bringing charges may have passed the moral one has not.

Valerie Davis, Charlotte

Silent Sam was a symbol of tyranny

Toppling Silent Sam was an act of social commitment and bravery against the tyranny that was the true purpose of erecting it.

I challenge you to read Julian Carr’s 1913 dedication speech without cringing in repulsion at its vulgar and repulsive call for white supremacy.

The Confederates destroyed their own country’s property at Fort Sumter, yet the South felt righteous and many North Carolinians continue to believe, 158 years later, that slavery was a “state’s right” and racial gerrymandering is a state’s right.

Ask yourself, if the Union “reminded” the Confederates of their defeat by erecting statues of Lincoln, Grant and Sherman in every Southern capitol in 1865, how soon would those statues have been toppled?

Eileen Paroff, Charlotte