Letters to the Editor

Famous NC case shows being certain is not enough

Don’t only believe eyewitnesses

In 1984, here in North Carolina, Jennifer Thompson was raped in her apartment. She studied the man’s face during the assault and paid attention to detail in order to help police catch him.

At the trial, she was certain that Ronald Cotton was the man. Cotton was convicted based largely upon Thompson’s identification.

Cotton spent over 10 years in prison until a DNA test proved that it was in fact a different man who had done the crime.

My point? Eyewitness identification can be wrong. Creditable witnesses can make mistakes. How people remember events may not be factual.

Joseph Gallagher, Concord

Kavanaugh not guilty until it’s proven

In response to “Ford was calm, Kavanaugh was not” (Oct. 2 Forum) and related letters:

These letters seem to indicate that a person wrongly charged should just roll over and accept the “guilty already” verdict rather than fight for their right of “innocent until proven guilty.”

I think any sane person would want an attorney or judge who would fight for what is right rather than a docile one who would just roll over and give in to false charges.

These same illogical mindsets would undoubtedly charge Jesus Christ for clearing out those who were desecrating the Holy Temple.

Don and Amanda Bedletter, Statesville

Democrats won’t accept any nominees

I believe that any person our president nominates to the Supreme Court will not be acceptable to the Democrats. That’s exactly what Sen. Chuck Schumer said on the day of Kavanaugh’s nomination. So much for waiting until the nominee is vetted.

For the Dems, it’s not the person or their qualifications, it’s the fact that they are a Trump nominee and as such, assumed evil and against all things Democratic.

I will bet that if the current nomination process drags on to the weekend, others will suddenly appear ; and thus the investigation will continue for weeks, unless the Republicans say “enough, time to vote, and respect our democracy and Constitution.”

Don McIver, Charlotte

Kavanaugh lacks what is needed

I thought Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, was totally convincing in her testimony as to what transpired between her and Judge Kavanaugh. But even if she weren’t, Judge Kavanaugh clearly showed in his out-of-control testimony that he lacks the judicial temperament and political impartiality required to take a seat on the nation’s highest court.

Surely we can do better!

Robert Dulin, Charlotte

Vote in November no matter what

I understand the concept of judicial temperament. I also understand entitlement, truthfulness and arrogance.

I believe that when selecting a Supreme Court justice these four traits are more important than agenda. Judge Kavanaugh lied about many “little” things since nominated and this week displayed his arrogance, entitlement, and lack of judicial temperament. The majority of Americans are against his nomination. Women’s rights are at stake. Most importantly, there is a good chance Kavanaugh will vote to allow Trump to be above the law and that is unacceptable under our Constitution.

You will need courage to do the right thing and vote no! You must vote no regardless of the results of the FBI investigation.

Claudia Abbott, Charlotte

Kneeling in protest isn’t whats wrong

Our Constitution was written so the people would be put above our government and government officials. The American flag stands for justice for all people.

Kneeling on one knee with a hand over your heart is American and not disrespectful to the men and women who fight so we can protest injustice in this country. What is disrespectful to the American flag is that the government hasn’t done anything about the injustice to black Americans.

I would rather kneel with a quarterback protesting injustice to our black young men, than stand with a president who believes American soldiers who are tortured in POW camps are losers!

Buddy Lemmons, Charlotte

Eric Reid will be a benefit to our team

In response to “Panthers erred in signing Eric Reid” (Sept. 28 Forum):

I want to say thanks to the Carolina Panthers for bringing a solution, Eric Reid, to the team.

Apparently, talent and winning standards are part of the new ownership group, regardless of politics.

This is a credit to this city and country.

Ross Levin, Charlotte