Letters to the Editor

Hear Christine Ford out. It takes time and courage for victims to find their voice

This is why women don’t come forward

In response to “Where’s the proof against Kavanaugh?” (Sept. 19 Forum):

Proof of a sexual assault, attempted or successful, is often disintegrated by shame, fear and denial. Courage, time and moral outrage finally give a victim her voice.

Christine Blasey Ford isn’t asking for money. She isn’t asking for criminal prosecution. She told this same story six years ago.

I don’t know if she is telling the truth or not, but demanding proof of sexual assault is exactly what allows it to continue. It is not like other crimes. Just ask the sexual assault victims of the Catholic priests. They will tell you.

Tara Anastasi, Matthews

I question Sen. Feinstein’s motive

Sen. Dianne Feinstein was advised of the sexual assault alleged by Christine Blasey Ford in July but says she withheld it because Ford requested confidentiality.

My guess is that the alleged matter was Feinstein’s “insurance policy” to be cashed in if and when it became apparent that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed, hoping that the bombshell revelation would immediately derail the imminent confirmation.

Unfortunately, for Sen. Feinstein, the insurance policy has lapsed and her underhanded maneuvering has probably enhanced Kavanaugh’s chances of being confirmed by the Senate.

John Perugini, Waxhaw

Will Kavanaugh take a lie detector test?

In response to “Woman’s accusation roils fight over Kavanaugh nomination” (Sept. 17):

Sen. Orrin Hatch, I guarantee you that Christine Blasey Ford is not “mixed up” about the alleged attack on her by a teenage Brett Kavanaugh. This is exactly why women suffer in silence and do not come forward.

Thirty-six years is a long time. Dr. Ford passed a lie detector test. Will Judge Kavanaugh take one also?

Nell Lawing, Charlotte

Kavanaugh is a victim of #MeToo movement

In response to “No predators in the Supreme Court” (Sept. 19 Forum):

Forum writer Donna Hatfield’s statement, “We don’t need another accused sexual predator on the highest court in our land” is highly insulting.

Justice Clarence Thomas was never convicted of any sexual misconduct. Judge Kavanaugh hasn’t been convicted either.

Ms. Hatfield must believe that all women are always truthful about such matters and that Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has a clear memory about events that allegedly happened 36 years ago.

Due to the #MeToo movement, a man is always judged guilty until proven innocent.

Tom Creech, Charlotte

Town school plans smack of segregation

In response to “CMS, town officials discuss school construction” (Sept. 20):

I support local towns creating their own charter schools only if they take control of all the public schools and existing charter schools in their township and fund them all.

Then, citizens within those town limits can pay taxes to their own schools and my taxes won’t go to fund a school in a town that has excluded our participation in its charter school – and yes, that does smack of segregation to me.

It’s all or nothing on taxes and funding – towns should not be allowed to have their cake and eat it too!

Robin Hill, Charlotte

Florence: a chance to change what we eat

North Carolina is home to thousands of factory farms that raise millions of pigs, chickens and other animals for our dinner table. Their feces are often stored in open pits and flooding from Florence is spreading this waste onto nearby housing developments, farmland, and waterways.

This is exactly what happened when Hurricane Floyd struck in 1999.

Although none of us has direct control over the weather, we each have control over our demand for animal food products – the very food products that cause so much damage to our environment and our health. The arrival of Florence presents a great opportunity for each of us to start reducing that demand.

Cedric Balder, Charlotte

It shouldn’t take a disaster to unite us

During Hurricane Florence I saw neighbors ensure that others had supplies, politicians suspend campaigns against each other, and my Twitter feed fill with news about rescues.

The usual partisan rancor and crime watch on the news faded as care for others turned a terrible storm into stories of hands that save.

Why does it take disaster to bridge division? Why does it take bad for people to turn good? I don’t know anyone who’d think twice about saving a person’s life in a storm, be he friend or foe. Let’s keep caring.

Aaron Kohrs, Hickory