Bigger problem than voter ID last election
In response to “At center of voter fraud scandal, a convicted felon and ‘grassroots’ campaigner” (Dec. 3):
It looks like the electoral fraud we’ve been searching for the past few years has been found in Bladen County. But as it turns out, it has nothing to do with non-citizens voting, someone hacking the voting machines or people impersonating other voters because NC doesn’t require ID.
Assuming the evidence holds up, the real problem is old-fashioned vote theft happening in razor-close elections and carried out by people getting paid out of a candidate’s campaign funds. It’s the real thing, and it has nothing to do with voter ID.
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NC General Assembly: If you want to stop voter fraud and manipulation, leave the voters alone. Follow the money.
Shelly Rigger, Davidson
Voting scandal is terrible for NC
Political parties aside, it is troubling that no minimum due diligence was exercised to vet someone hired by a campaign to get out the absentee vote. Parties involved in a campaign, including “independent contractors,” should have a criminal records check, which can be obtained online and for a few dollars.
Had the Harris campaign checked the background of McCrae Dowless, it would have found felony convictions for fraud and perjury. This scandal shines an unfavorable national light not only on the campaign but on the state of North Carolina.
Marshall T. Copeland, Charlotte
NC Gov just wants to help the rich
National voting loyalties haven’t delivered massive, beautiful and wonderful jobs that were guaranteed but have instead delivered massive, beautiful and wonderful tax cuts for corporations and the 1 percent.
North Carolina voting loyalties have not delivered a mass of higher paying jobs or better schools but have translated into permanently lowered tax rates for the wealthy, higher taxes for those needing a break and now a new tax: The opportunity to pay, by the trip, for travel on North Carolina roads with the new toll on I-77. They’ll disguise it as eliminating entitlements, but the legislature will come after the poor working class’ safety nets next.
Everyone should reexamine their voting loyalties now.
Renard Burris, Charlotte
Get rid of coal and go carbon-free
The Charlotte City Council is set to vote Dec. 10 on a Strategic Energy Action Plan that will commit the city to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2030. The plan also calls for the city to be sustainable and resilient by 2050 by asking residents to recycle and conserve resources to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change.
We should also push for the retirement and cleanup of the Allen Coal Plant which pollutes our air, threatens our groundwater and hurts our climate. We can give up our addiction to fossil fuels and also ensure that low-income communities and communities of color, who suffer most from environmental injustice, can thrive.
I applaud the Charlotte City Council for giving this issue the critical action it requires.
Jasmine Sherman, Charlotte
We are all immigrants in the US
In response to “Innocent? They attacked our border!” (Dec. 4 Forum):
Forum writer Cindy Gee thinks that the immigrants at the US-Mexican border were not so innocent because they scaled a fence and threw rocks and bottles at American personnel deployed by Trump. What she failed to note was that the American personnel are a detachment of the mightiest military force in the world, the United States Army, who were heavily armed and not so innocently lobbing tear gas canisters at unarmed men, woman and children.
We Americans came from immigrants and do not own the United States. No matter if we arrived on the Mayflower or through Ellis Island, we are only renters of this country.
Larry Vogt, Mooresville
There’s no “I” in team, Cam
In response to “Carolina Panthers suffer the sort of loss to Bucs that calls everything into question” (Dec. 3):
A few years ago, when the Panthers made it to the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos, Cam Newton’s defining moment in the game was when he pulled up short and decided not to try and recover a fumble. In those few seconds, he showed you all that you needed to know about his character and lack of heart.
His excuse? He didn’t want to get hurt.
I hope that Mr. David Tepper will realize that his predecessors made a most egregious financial error and will do something to rectify this. After all, if your “star” player doesn’t show heart on the field, then he obviously doesn’t warrant that designation. Like the military, your troops are only as good as the person that leads them.
Jon Busch, Charlotte