Letters to the Editor

Obama did the right thing in calling out Trump

OK for Obama to call out Trump’s missteps

In response to “Democrats talk about Trump breaking norms; so is Obama” (Sept. 13 Opinion):

John H. Clark
John H. Clark

Commentary by Marc Thiessen attacking President Obama for his recent speech against the Trump administration was superficial at best and misinformed at worst.

Obama did not label all Republicans as driven by racism in voting for Trump. He stated accurately that racist influences infiltrated the Republican campaign effort. He also correctly portrayed what has been detrimental to our country during Trump’s almost two years.

The idea a former president should not call attention to the missteps of his or her successor, especially in challenging times, is un-American.

John H. Clark, Charlotte

Do something about scooters, don’t wait

Walking the sidewalks in Charlotte is difficult due to the use of electric scooters.

If city laws currently allow motorized vehicles to share pedestrian sidewalks, what about the legality of electric motorcycles?

Something needs to be done before people get hurt.

Tony Hinkel, Charlotte

Older workers add value to workplace

The article about the labor market for older workers was spot on concerning the level of age discrimination that exists in most industries. (“Even in tight labor market, older workers have trouble,” Sept. 9):

Studies show that keeping older employees on the payroll can provide support and guidance to younger members of the workforce. Many of these new employees have the theoretical knowledge, but not the experience they require to be fully productive.

As people get older, their physical capabilities may suffer. However, their experience, logic, leadership qualities and management ability continue to add value.

Dave Sanborn, Wesley Chapel

DMV should add a refresher exam for all

In response to “Third person dies from crash that killed married couple” (Sept. 12):

Kris Solow
Kris Solow

Recently, a couple married 47 years was killed by a driver running a red light. A passenger also died.

Too often, drivers forget their responsibilities when sitting behind the wheel. How does the NC DMV know if drivers are adhering to the rules of the road as the years go by?

To raise awareness of responsibilities and to curb aggressive driving habits, DMV should add a refresher written exam to its visual exam every 5 or 10 years, along with a road courtesies billboard campaign to reach the masses.

Driving is a privilege and if not taken seriously could take someone’s life.

Kris Solow, Charlotte

Make sure students are registered to vote

If your son or daughter is a student at an out-of-state school and is eligible to vote in North Carolina, encourage them to register and obtain absentee ballots if they won’t be home on Nov. 6. Many people say this might be an important election. Registration and absentee ballot information is available at ncsbe.gov and mecknc.gov/BOE.

Donald Nelson, Charlotte

Check more often to prevent sewer spills

In response to “Charlotte’s 3rd major sewage spill in less than a year flows into Catawba River” (Sept. 8):

That 2.6 million gallons of sewage should not have spilled into the environment. Accidents happen, but this is the third time this has occurred in less than a year. It’s time to act.

The 4-day delay in detecting it likely means this spill caused more environmental damage than it would have had the area around the pipe been regularly evaluated.

Sure, there isn’t much you can do about falling trees, but maybe checking the areas near sewage pipes more often and removing dead trees could help prevent these incidents.

Zealy Helms, Monroe

Too much testing is bad for kids like me

In response to “NC's youngest students will get some relief from testing this year” (Sept. 4):

The writer is a Randolph IB Middle School 8th-grader.

I believe younger grades should rarely be tested in the United States. Testing has a huge effect on the lives of students since everything comes down to the test at the end of the school year. It adds immense stress on students and gives parents a false sense of pride.

It doesn’t really check to see if a child understands the concept, but checks to see if he/she can answer a question correctly. Testing decreases creativity.

The answers children write are graded by a machine that marks it correct or not when in reality multiple answers could be right when interpreted differently.

Testing helps no one and ends up hurting students instead.

Keisha Bansal, Charlotte