Letters to the Editor

Pat McCrory should only be blaming himself

Just look in the mirror, McCrory

In response to “Amid Florida recount, McCrory throws gas on the voter fraud fire” (Nov. 13):

Pat McCrory is right about fraud costing him his governorship but mistaken on the perpetrators. Pat need only to look in the mirror to find the culprit.

As mayor, Pat worked with everyone. I always voted Pat for mayor and like others expected him to continue once he had attained the highest office. Once in Raleigh, though, I believe he abandoned reason.

Sadly, he has now fallen to this level, bitter and unable to hold himself responsible.

Stephen Sissons, Charlotte

Politicians only look out for themselves

Jim Van Meerten
Jim Van Meerten

As I look at all the election fiascoes happening across the country, it’s obvious that people want politicians to be accountable. Locally, our politicians want to replace two-year terms with four-year terms. That will make them less accountable to the voters.

They are only looking out for themselves, not us.

Jim Van Meerten, Charlotte

A divided government works

The 2018 midterm elections are over and as a Democrat I’m pleased with the results. We now have a divided government, which over the years has proven to be a good thing.

We are still deeply divided, though. There are people who wholeheartedly support this president and there are those, like me, who are appalled by his behavior.

I’m trying to understand why these supporters don’t see what is so clear to me, but I think I get it. I was raised by two Republican parents who drilled into my head that I should respect all people, always use good manners and always tell the truth. These are my values.

It is clear to me that not all of my fellow citizens share these values.

Jack Matthews, Charlotte

Trump disrespected all veterans

Daryl Solomonson
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Veterans Day is a time we take to respect, remember and especially thank those who dedicated their lives to our country, be they dead or alive. President Trump disgraced all of us who are veterans this weekend by not visiting the graves of those who suffered and died in the mud and rain for this country 100 years ago.

Sorry, Mr. President, for your lack of understanding. You are a lone nationalist separated from those who served this country proudly.

Daryl Solomonson, Troutman

Trump is a lot of things, which is fine

Unfortunately, President Emmanuel Macron chose Veterans Day weekend to chastise the US for what he sees as embracing “nationalism.” My father, who was in Paris for the liberation, is spinning in his grave.

Not only does Macron have a short memory, but he also misunderstands President Trump. Trump’s political positions have fluctuated during his adult life, but two things have remained constant. He distrusts international trade agreements that take unfair advantage of the US economy and jeopardize the American workforce. He also believes in borders that are strong but that simultaneously allow immigrants to enter this country legally.

If that makes him a “nationalist” then fine. He could also be called a patriot, a populist or pragmatist. One thing he will never be is politically correct. Also fine.

Karen Hughett, Weddington

Our lives can’t be replaced like objects

In response to “Insurance companies are a business first” (Nov. 7 Forum):

If your house burns down and you don’t have insurance, then your family, your church or your neighbors could help you rebuild or rent.

If you wreck your car and you don’t have insurance, your family, your church or your neighbors could help by providing some transportation.

If you have a preexisting condition and you can’t get medical help, you could die. I don’t think it’s quite the same as the other two examples.

Rosalie Spaniel, Charlotte

God loves us all no matter what

In response to “Shepard interred at cathedral, 20 years after Wyoming killing” (Oct. 27):

After 20 years, Matthew Shepard’s remains have quite rightfully been given the respect that was sorely lacking when he was brutally beaten and left to die simply because he was gay.

Matthew will hence forth rest in a place of dignity and honor, the National Cathedral in Washington. God created Matthew and God welcomed him home.

When a person realizes they are gay, it can be very lonely and difficult. So rather than denigrate a person for being gay, society needs to know it takes a courage throughout your life to live the life God created.

Gerringer Clapp, Charlotte