I’m sick and tired of these immigrants
In response to “Tear gas for the caravan: A predictable product of an inhumane policy” (Nov. 26):
Violence and lawlessness from the migrant caravan are being met by a border patrol that is focused on the safety of the United States and the preservation of legal immigration. I’m tired of seeing photos of migrants crying at the river from tear gas when there are migrants throwing rocks at officers. To every action there is a reaction.
The government’s reaction is about safety, upholding laws, and preserving the country that is so desirable by others. As Ronald Reagan rightfully said, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.”
Traci Cockerham, Charlotte
Law states we must accept immigrants
US law and international treaties require us to accept asylum seekers at the border. It is unacceptable that those seeking asylum are met with tear gas and rubber bullets.
President Trump cannot ask people to enter legally and then put up barriers to that legal process and meet those that seek asylum with hostility and violence. The people have spoken and we demand bipartisan action on immigration reform. We need common sense border security and streamlined processes for asylum. We do not want families separated and treated like animals at the border when seeking asylum.
We are a Christian nation and must show compassion for the poor, sick and those seeking refuge. Our country has lost its moral compass, and as representatives you must lead us back to the correct path.
Jennifer Owen, Indian Trail
GM fired their workers out of greed
In response to “GM to lay off up to 14K workers, close as many as 5 plants” (Nov. 26):
Sometimes you just have to read it two or three times to believe it. Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive, says in the same breath that both her company and the US economy are “strong” and that GM is therefore laying off some 14,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada “to keep ahead of market conditions.” So, on the supposition that the tastes of American drivers are changing GM is callously depriving 14,000 workers of their livelihood?
Milton Friedman, the (in)famous basher of social conscience in business decisions, would be proud of you, Ms. Barra, and we can already see you licking your lips at the thought of the additional stock options with which your board will reward you at Christmas for bravely throwing all of these working people out of their jobs.
Alan Singerman, Moorseville
Wage distribution in the US is a crime
How can we call for affordable housing without recognizing the economic injustice of wage distribution?
The wealth gap has been growing since the late 70s and is supported by the so-called free market theory. There is no invisible hand guiding the economy. There is only hired lobbyists and funded politicians to craft legislation and tax policy that furthers their wealth.
Wage policies pay CEOs and executives based on market benchmarks while direct labor is paid based on the lowest rate possible to get needed help. There is little justification for fired CEOs walking away with millions after damaging the corporation.
Tom E. Bowers, Charlotte
What weird, bizarro world do we live in?
In response to “Democracy has a history of failure” (Nov. 26 Forum):
Forum writer Spencer R. Rackley IV is correct that our Founding Fathers were suspicious of a true democracy. But what he fails to mention is that the electors in the Electoral College were originally intended as independent figures who could exert a thoughtful check upon the passions of a populace who could be easily manipulated by an unscrupulous, unfit demagogue. Given that, it is ironic that in the last election the Electoral College rewarded just such a man instead of preventing his ascendancy.
Would we be satisfied with allowing a minority of voters to select our mayor, governor or senators? I think not. Yet, two of our last three presidents have been elected this way. In what kind of Bizarro World does this make sense?
Kevin Morris, Charlotte
Miss. Senate run raises racism flags
I have watched the Mississippi US Senate run-off race between Mike Espy and Cindy Hyde-Smith in disbelief. I was mistakenly under the impression that overtly racial statements were made quietly and only with close, like-minded friends. If made in public, I assumed the maker would be relentlessly chastised or ostracized. Not so. The rhetoric of the parties in this race, clearly expose an issue and a solution.
Racism will never be eliminated until we truly and honestly believe all races, sexes, nationalities and religions are equal to us, equal to each other and more importantly, deserve equality. We must work without regard to our differences to achieve this goal.
J. Gregory Fagan, Charlotte