We must help the boys of America
Yes, it’s a scary time to be a young man in America. Minority boys are being jailed in alarming numbers, gangs are expanding, drugs are killing many more young men than young women, and young men are graduating in lower numbers from colleges, law schools, medical schools and trade schools.
Young women have far outpaced young men in many aspects of life but no one is concerned with their plight. It is time for someone to care about what is happening to boys in America or it will be too late for our society and everyone will say with sorrow, what happened to young men in our country!
Rock Hill, SC
Vote! Your future depends on it
The United Nations’ scientific panel’s recent report describing “a world of worsening food shortages, wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040” is worrying.
U.S. voting age citizens, if your elected representatives are so uninformed as to not believe the overwhelming evidence of climate change being caused by fossil fuels’ residue we spew into the air, it is your obligation to elect educated, informed persons who will pass laws that protect our planet’s environment for our children and grandchildren.
Please vote these head-in-the-sand politicians out of office. Your family’s future depends on it.
Mack Clark, Charlotte
Donald Trump represents America
In response to “Donald Trump probably committed tax fraud. Does anyone really care?” (Oct. 9)
I completely agree with the Observer’s editorial on America’s apathy (at best) to Trump’s tax fraud. After watching Americans laughing and cheering at their idol’s mocking of a victim of a teenage sexual assault, it is clear that the racist, sexist con artist who now occupies the Oval Office is a true representative of Americans.
This is who we are.
Floyd Wisner, Mooresville
We always have to be mad at something
We live outrage to outrage. We are moving on from Kavanaugh and before that was Silent Sam (everyone was quick to forget him, huh?) which is still lumbering toward a resting place. The dustbin of history suits.
It’s way past time to join the 21st century. Ol’ Sam once embodied a vaunted striking force but he also stood for an entrenched oligarchy exploiting poor whites and poor blacks alike. Time for the dustbin for all that as well.
Steve Craig, Charlotte
Don’t protest during working hours, Reid
I would like to hear from owners of companies and businesses how they feel about their employees using their work space as a platform to promote their opinion by protesting.
I am not opposed to free speech, but I find it troubling that an employee, such as Eric Reid, who is “on the clock being paid to play professional football” is allowed to make his personal statement on the Panthers’ or any NFL field.
These protest opportunities need to be demonstrated outside their work place and not get free publicity on television before a football game.
Margie Eades, Charlotte
Reid is setting an example for society
In response to “Eric Reid continues social protest during anthem: ‘We as a country have fallen short’” (Oct. 7):
I am not a sports junkie and usually do not follow teams, games, and related activities. However, I felt proud of Eric Reid and his team members who supported him.
I admire his courage to peacefully make a statement. He has said his taking a knee has nothing to do with American troops and I believe him.
How can our society make progress on improving race relations when people ignore attempts to discuss the issues? When officials force players to stay in the locker room, they are sweeping the issues under the rug and they are turning a deaf ear to appeals to talk.
Jo Ann Lee, Charlotte
Vote for diversity; we’ll see change
In response to “It can’t be worse, so time to change” (Oct. 9 Forum):
Even though a few years younger than Forum writer Michael L. Ham, I agree with his statement that old white men have become incapable of leading our country. We are implicating ourselves (old white men) and that is powerful testimony!
Our hope is that all see the need to vote for diversification and specifically vote for women!
Jeff D. Williams, Charlotte
Political signs are a driving hazard
Driving down Carmel Road I noticed many political signs in the median. This is public land and therefore should not have any political signs and the campaigns’ workers should remove them.
It would be great for the campaign workers to also keep the sight lines clear for drivers when placing signs at intersections.
Tom Payne, Charlotte