Letters to the Editor

Franklin Graham should choose his words more carefully

Sexual assault won’t just disappear

In response to “‘Not relevant:’ Franklin Graham weighs in on Kavanaugh sexual assault accusations” (Sept. 18):

A man of the cloth has spoken and is playing with fire. Anyone who knows someone or has experienced inappropriate sexual advances understands those acts never leave one’s soul.

There is no statute of limitations for what happened to Christine Blasey Ford in her mind. Time does not erase a terrible experience. Excusing her assault as “just being teenagers” is not the Christianity I was raised on.

In my mind, obtaining power is never clean. No one would expect Kavanaugh to admit to this situation. He has too much to lose.

Jack Bennett, Mooresville

Two terms in office should be normal

As we consider the nomination of a Supreme Court justice for a lifetime appointment, we need to be aware that this is an affront to the inherent principles on which our republic/democracy was founded.

If two terms of office, eight years, is the maximum allowed for the president (22nd Amendment) then it should suffice for the Supreme Court and all elected officials.

Career judges and politicians have no place in our system of government!

Ed Carlson, Charlotte

Trump is not who Jesus would want

In response to “Why Donald Trump appeals to evangelicals” (Sept. 21 Opinion):

In the Protestant tradition, evangelicals have a calling to live and teach the Bible to build in Christian congregations individuals whose lives are guided by the image of Jesus Christ and to divest the universal church of the politics which make it an arm of the state. Their charge is to influence and persuade, not dictate, in matters of faith and practice.

President Donald Trump represents the polar opposite of the person Jesus Christ died to form in his and his Father’s image; the secular State enforces its authority.

Evangelicals should adhere to the tradition.

Rob Roy McGregor, Harrisburg

Trump should just confront Sessions

In response to “Trump escalates Sessions rift, says he’s disappointed” (Sept. 20):

It is hard for me to understand how anyone can respect a president who constantly berates one of his subordinates through public forums.

If President Trump has a problem with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he should be dealing with him one-on-one rather than complaining to the world what a poor job Sessions is doing.

What amazes me is that Sessions has withstood the constant criticisms. If he were to resign, Trump would immediately appoint someone to get rid of special counsel Robert Mueller. So, my hat is off (somewhat) to Sessions for hanging in.

Lee Monks, Monroe

Dan Bishop needs to do some research

In response to “GOP and League of Women Voters spar, and the public loses” (Our View, Sept. 21):

It is wrong that state Sen. Dan Bishop claims that the League of Women Voters has evolved “from a nonpartisan organization to a leftist one.” The League has always stood for centrist principles such as citizens’ constitutional right to vote, and access to high-quality, equitable education and health care. It is N.C. Republican officials who have moved to the right on these beliefs.

The League is a nonpartisan organization that promotes discussion of different viewpoints. Candidates should welcome the opportunity to express their views and explain them to the public.

Jessica Schorr Saxe, Charlotte

We should test every future politician

I am afraid that the #MeToo movement is going to be set back 50 years by what is going on in the Senate confirmation hearings. Even many women are disgusted by the Democrats’ desperation to stop any Republican from being in the Supreme Court.

If Kavanagh is not confirmed, then that should mean from now on every politician and every judge wanting to be elected or appointed should have to complete a background check with interviews of everyone they have known since middle school to find out if they have ever done anything inappropriate.

I am sure no one would ever pass that test.

Dick Meyer, Charlotte

Don’t let others change your beliefs

Reasonable people on opposing sides of the Kavanaugh issue should not let the most strident or nasty voices on the other side harden their opinions to the point of dismissing the possibility that their concerns have a legitimate basis, even if they turn out to be wrong.

Phil Clutts, Harrisburg