Letters to the Editor

Skip photo ID to vote; opt for a more modern technology

Try another option besides photo ID

The NC constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID to vote would tie the state to outmoded technology.

Medical service providers have adopted palm readers for patient identification. If photo ID advocates truly want the ID to prevent voter fraud they should advocate palm readers or a comparable alternative.

Palm readers would allow election officials to identify voters quickly, certify their registration, and determine if they have voted elsewhere. Voters would not have to get a new photo ID when moving. The system can link across precincts, counties, even states.

We can do better than the amendment allows.

Gary Rassel, Charlotte

Cut Trump slack? No, he deserves this

Dewey P. Rochester
Dewey Rochester

In response to “Give our president a break, everyone” (Sept. 6 Forum):

Neither Democrats nor independents should give President Trump a “break.”

Everything he does is for himself, and all the good things that have happened are no more than a continuation of the Obama administration.

Did these Trump supporters give Obama a break? No! People should continue to pound Trump for the rest of his term. He deserves it.

Dewey Rochester, Charlotte

Trump’s right about it being treason

In response to “Trump lashes out after anonymous op-ed” (Sept.6) and related articles:

I’m not a rah-rah Trump supporter, but isn’t subversively undermining the efforts of a duly elected presidential administration considered treason?

Ted Holland, Cornelius

Put partisan politics aside; curb Trump

In light of the continuing chaos surrounding the president, who lies with impunity on a daily basis, goes out of his way to offend our allies while flattering autocrats, and who constantly berates the Department of Justice, FBI, news media, etc., we need to look beyond the usual partisan concerns.

The upcoming midterm election in November, which will be the most important election of our lifetime, must be about imposing political constraints on this president who is doing lasting damage to this nation.

Dot Meixler, Huntersville

Nike got it wrong with Kaepernick ad

Charles Karlow
Charles Karlow

Colin Kaepernick was willing to give up his career to make a statement. But is that “sacrificing everything”?

Millions of people have made a career change because they did not believe in their company’s policies. Many took stands over environmental issues, ethics concerns and more.

“Sacrificing everything” makes me think about soldiers in foxholes, firefighters entering a burning building, a police officer pulling over a car or answering a domestic call.

I believe Nike management made a mistake. They don’t understand “sacrificing everything.”

Charles Karlow, Mooresville

Kaepernick, players have my support

I was on the fence about the NFL players kneeling. After viewing the images last season, I realized these men were not disrespecting those who fought and sacrificed for this country, but quite the opposite.

They represent our right to bring attention to injustice by using a very respectful protest in a highly viewed market that happens to be dominated by African American athletes, the NFL.

Colin Kaepernick kneeled, his hand on his heart during the national anthem. He was not sitting, wearing a hat, in fact his helmet was on his knee. It was a respectful peaceful protest for a just cause.

Considering how much our athletes sacrifice for our “entertainment,” they should be supported.

Cynthia Costenoble, Denver, NC

A Nike backlash? Not at my outlet mall

The impending gloom and doom widely predicted for Nike seems to have hit a brick wall, at least down my way.

Last week I hit the local Nike outlet store and business was booming, particularly with the millennial age group, which constitutes two-thirds of the gigantic company’s clientele.

I randomly asked a couple of shoppers if the Nike/Kaepernick deal had any effect on their shopping. Both said yes, then clarified that Nike’s decision primarily inspired them to extend their Nike shopping spree for a third consecutive day before heading out of town.

Ray Brayboy, Myrtle Beach

No cameras, just extend yellow lights

In response to “Too many drivers running red lights” (Sept. 7 Forum):

Forum writer Michael Williamson demonstrates how citizens can act responsibly to solve a problem and keep government out of the situation.

Instead of driving into the path of other vehicles, he waits a couple seconds for the intersection to clear. Act responsibly instead of blaming government and others.

The proven, quick, effective, and free solution to red-light safety is to simply extend the yellow light by a couple seconds.

Alan Dockery, Newton