Let voters choose City Council terms
In response to Kenny Smith “City Council members want to serve ... themselves” (Oct. 10 Opinion):
I join Kenny Smith in bipartisan support of his opinion against lengthening City Council terms.
This is an issue that should go to the voters and should certainly not be decided by Council in the midst of their current terms.
When I served as mayor and as a county commissioner, under two-year terms, yes I found it hard to run for election so often. But I would never have considered changing the rules in mid-term without going to the people to support it.
Voters should have a chance to weigh in on the issue and to vote for leaders knowing that their terms are longer. We do not want Charlotte to be known for having leaders who do not care what the voters think.
Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte
Limits for elections sound perfect
In response to “Here’s how to end tribal politics” (Oct. 5 Forum):
Forum writer Jack Matthews hit the nail on the head when he suggested remedies to end political divisiveness in this country. I hate to admit I won’t live long enough to see the changes he suggested. However, term and age limits on career politicians might be a solution.
I support a grassroots effort to insist a referendum be placed on the ballot that lets the people decide how long these career politicians should keep their jobs. The way it’s set up now – coupled with voter apathy – pretty much guarantees the same results every election.
If there were term limits, politicians might not have time to get cozy with lobbyists, and maybe they would vote with their constituents in mind instead of of their bank accounts.
Janice Gregory, Charlotte
Competence matters most for candidates
In response to “It can’t be worse, so time to change” (Oct. 8 Forum):
Forum writer Michael L. Ham wrote that problems in Washington are the result of old, white men being incapable. He states that he will be voting for youth, diversity in color and culture, and for women.
He obviously isn’t concerned with issues that are vital to our existence. If he were, his priority would be voting for the most qualified person regardless of their characteristics.
Along with age comes wisdom and experience. I support any person who can run the country effectively, even if it is a gray-haired, old white man. Don’t allow personal prejudice to override reality.
Larry A. Singer, Cornelius
Can both sides come together to vote?
President Trump possibly committing tax fraud should be disturbing to us all. I don’t think the problem is apathy, however. I think it’s polarization.
Those who already question President Trump’s honesty will regard the latest claims as “more of the same” that they are used to hearing. His supporters will describe this as “fake news” at best and, at worst, a trivial matter compared to the benefits his policies are perceived to have provided.
Is there a middle ground where people see value in some of his policies but also believe he should obey the law?
The elections this November will be interesting!
Gautam Bose, Charlotte
Be a role model instead of protesting
In response to “Eric Reid continues protest of injustice, becomes first Panther to kneel during anthem” (Oct. 7):
It was in extremely poor taste that Eric Reid knelt for the national anthem in the same week a dedicated, black police officer died in the line of duty in Florence, SC. That man died protecting others in his country.
Rather than using a sports venue to disrespect the flag and our way of life, how about becoming a positive role model? Take time to speak to young men in the ghetto and give them guidance. Be a spokesman for Big Brothers, the YMCA and churches.
I am a veteran who is proud to have served our country. I sincerely encourage the CMPD and the Sheriff’s Department to stand up for America and refuse to work off-duty at Carolina Panther games.
Arjay Provost, Fort Mill
Rain is coming! Close all schools!
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida coast Wednesday and is forecast to bring wind and rain to the Charlotte area on Thursday. Clearly, school officials should forego any attempt to educate students and cancel school that day. In fact, they should have canceled school Wednesday, just to be completely sure to avoid any storms!
Friday may be a problem in the aftermath of the rain as well, and some of the schools might be needed as shelters for evacuees, so it would be best to go ahead and postpone reopening schools until next Monday at the absolute earliest. We just can’t be too careful!
In an abundance of caution, we must take all possible actions to protect our children from the deadly rain.
Steven P. Nesbit, Charlotte