Letters to the Editor

US cannot let thousands of illegal immigrants in

Fight to make your home country better

In response to “This isn’t my America that I know anymore” (Nov. 27 Forum):

We have had what I see as open immigration for all, but it must stop at some point as this country is being overwhelmed with illegal immigrants.

We cannot let thousands of illegal immigrants in.

These people should be marching against their own country to make it better for them, not demanding entry into our America.

Wake up for God’s sake and see this for what it is – a ploy to ruin this nation.

Shirley Natale, Waxhaw

Stand up to Trump on immigration

I want to voice my shame and disgust about what’s happening at our southern border – tear-gassing innocent people.

These people are fleeing their countries partly because our country is the largest consumer of illegal narcotics, which drives their economies.

Congress has refused to act on immigration. Instead of choking people with tear gas, choke the desires of illegal drug users.

Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, be humane and stand up against the man in the White House who is leading this country into a pit. Be Americans. Be moral human beings.

Gail Chauncey, Charlotte

There must be limits on immigration

Barry Marshall

The “unsinkable” Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. The ship had 20 lifeboats that could accommodate 1,178 people, but had 2,208 passengers and crew on board.

If the captain insisted all 2,208 passengers be allowed to board the inadequate number of life boats then in all probability everyone would have drowned.

Though I have great empathy for all of those not allowed to board the inadequate number of lifeboats, limiting the number of passengers to board was the right decision.

Likewise, controlling the number of immigrants to enter the United States is analogously the right decision as well.

Barry Marshall, Charlotte

For Trump, politics supersedes principle

Arnie Grieves
Arnie Grieves

Vladimir Putin denied that Russia interfered in U.S. elections. Senate candidate Roy Moore denied that he molested teenage girls, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denied that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

What do these events have in common?

Despite evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump accepted all three denials. It’s clear that in this administration, political expediency supersedes principles and morality.

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

‘America First’ role is all wrong for the US

Michael Ham
Michael L. Ham

It seems the president of France is now the leader of the free world, France the moral authority. What has become of America?

What has Putin’s lap dog relegated us to? We have taken on the role of petty, mean-spirited, inward-looking, America First, nationalists – just as we were prior to World War I and just as we were prior to World War II.

How did that work out for us?

Michael L. Ham, Matthews

My dad wouldn’t have objected to gun ban

In response to “Banning guns is the start of fascism” (Nov. 25 Forum):

My father served in the Army during WWII and though he lived deep in the Adirondack mountains of New York where everyone hunted, he came home from that war and gave away all his guns and never picked one up again.

The Forum writer suggested his father and every veteran who fought in a war to protect our precious freedoms would roll over in their graves at the thought of repealing the Second Amendment.

Rather than rolling in his grave, my father would probably give a sigh of relief.

C.G. Kilburn, Monroe

NC GOP should deliver on Medicaid

George Bohmfalk
George Bohmfalk

In response to News and Observer Editorial Board “A Medicaid wave? NC should join it” (Nov. 21 Opinion):

Conservatives typically aren’t interested in helping the poor, whom they blame for their own poverty and regard as insufficiently self-reliant.

They also can’t abide giving anyone something that someone else pays for, even if it makes common sense to do so.

We all concluded that public fire and police departments work out best for all of us. Refusing to expand Medicaid is a perfect case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.

George Bohmfalk, Charlotte