Letters to the Editor

City leaders must act to eliminate food deserts

Do something about city’s food deserts

In response to “Publix signs a lease for its first store in SouthPark” (Dec. 12):

Marcia Lampert
Marcia Lampert

Now we hear that Publix will build a store within 1.5 miles of Whole Foods, Earth Fare and Harris Teeter.

Our city continues, along with the grocery store chains, to disregard the needs of our citizens who reside in the food deserts of Charlotte. Not one of these companies seems to want to help these areas.

Instead, we continue to let grocers build in heavily populated areas where grocery stores and traffic are out of control.

Can our city leaders not influence these companies and urge them to serve all of the people in Charlotte?

Marcia Lampert, Charlotte

Quit giving Tricon housing funds

In response to “Company bought hundreds of houses. Now, poor are getting ‘priced out,’ critics say” (Dec. 5):

The news of an out-of-state investment group gouging residents and upending neighborhoods is outrageous.

Once again, the most vulnerable population of our city gets pilfered while our New Gilded Age penguins run off with the cash. This is absolutely unacceptable.

It comes at a time when our City Council, instead of solving the issue through action, is willing to hand over housing trust fund dollars to private developers to solve a crisis that could be substantially worse thanks to investors like Tricon.

We need to seriously consider using the function of eminent domain to expropriate these Tricon properties with housing trust dollars. It’s time to stop playing nice with the business class and start working for Charlotteans.

Gene Debs, Charlotte

GOP’s hypocrisy on display in Bladen

Joseph Spencer
Joseph Spencer

Thank you, 9th District, for showing us the hypocrisy of the N.C. GOP’s voter fraud agenda. Its days of winning elections through voter suppression and gerrymandering are numbered. Former Marine, family man, entrepreneur, Harvard graduate Dan McCready will represent North Carolina well and has presidential timber.

Joseph Spencer, Charlotte

Be clear; Trump isn’t ‘anti-immigration’

In response to “Trump vows to shut down government if border wall unfunded” (Dec. 12):

The Observer’s front-page story about the White House meeting between President Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer contained the phrase “...Trump appealing to his core anti-immigration supporters...”

Neither Trump’s supporters, nor Trump himself, is “anti-immigration.” What Trump and his supporters are against is illegal immigration.

Peter McLean, Rock Hill

Obama was right about Trump

I keep hearing President Obama’s words, spoken during the 2016 election, ringing in my ears: Donald J. Trump is “uniquely unqualified” to be president of the United States.

Sally Gamble, Charlotte

Watch what you’re saying about Tillerson

Pat Hopkins
Patrick Hopkins

In response to “ ‘Dumb’ and ‘lazy’ - Trump lashes back at Tillerson criticism” (Dec. 7):

Psychologists tell us that faults we believe exist, and criticize, in others are often manifest in ourselves. A person should be careful about accusing another of being as “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.”

Patrick Hopkins, Charlotte

Treat scooters like city did skateboards

In response to “Charlotte’s dangerous paralysis on scooters” (Dec. 11 Editorial) and related articles:

Skateboarding in uptown Charlotte was outlawed or looked down on for safety concerns. How much safer is it with those scooters whizzing by on the sidewalks and streets? Guess I’ve overlooked that they are so cute.

Bill Lane, Polkville

A mother’s take on teenage boys

In response to “Even teenagers must pay for taking a life” (Dec. 10 Forum):

Shannon Jefferson
Shannon Jefferson

I may have once agreed with Forum writer Frank Harrington’s views on justice – until my sons reached adolescence.

I refer to my kids as “man-children.” While grown in stature, their thought processes are not fully developed. Moment by moment, their brains can vacillate between mature insights to poor decisions that defy all logic and reason.

It’s not that teens want to inflict damage, don’t value rules, or don’t care about consequences. They are simply incapable of factoring all those things into their split-second moment of decision making.

I mourn the murdered child and his family. I also mourn a scared, jailed boy who will be crucified by a system that cannot acknowledge the differences between an adult brain and that of a child.

Shannon Jefferson, Charlotte