Stop Trump attacks and start acting
So there are almost two dozen Democrats vying for president, Trump's job as leader of the free world. My advice to them is stop falling over each other taking those tiresome pot-shots at him that have become downright boring and ineffective.
The Democrats would be wise to tell the American voters what exactly their plans are to preserve health care, Social Security, senior citizen benefits, education, veteran care and more.The Democrats should get moving and choose a formidable candidate to face President Trump, and the one weapon to defeat our leader is truth.
Is this the most important election ever? Yes.
Herb Stark, Mooresville
We knew the coal industry was dying
In response to “Those coal workers need their jobs” (June 20 Forum) and related articles:
In the discussions over the demise of coal energy, as natural gas and renewable sources have become cheaper from a production standpoint, a key fact must be stated. Leaders in coal mining states have known about the demise of coal for almost 10 years now.
Natural gas was the first nail in the coffin, with various renewable sources being subsequent nails. What is frustrating is that leaders have not been active on job retraining, transitional compensation and investing in new energy production. The wind blows, the sun shines and water flows in these states. These coal miners need the truth.
Solar energy jobs are better than coal energy jobs. This is a jobs issue, where the future lies in more affordable and less polluting energy.
Keith Wilson, Charlotte
We need to keep the arts in our society
In response to “‘There are other needs.’ Mecklenburg leaders skeptical of plan to raise tax for arts” (June 18):
Don’t dismiss a sales tax for arts.
Not all students are natural athletes, scholars or otherwise socially or economically connected. Providing opportunities for free or low-fee exposure to arts, culture and our local ecosystems through afterschool programs like the Arts & Science Council helps shape behavior, create personal and community connectivity, tap into talent for viable creative careers and improve math and science skills.
Our parks are rated 97 out of 100 top cities and represent the shameful disappearance of our previously abundant trees and the absence of new green spaces and projects. Please put this issue on the next election ballot to improve the quality and future of our community.
Jolyn Sloan, Charlotte
Arts fans should be supporting the arts
I hope commissioners listen to colleague Susan Rodriguez-McDowell's concern that "Lower-income people pay a higher proportion of their monthly budget in sales tax." Many don’t have money left over at the end of the month. Taxes can be a high burden for retirees as well.
The arts add to our quality of life, but we shouldn't add a burden to the poor and elderly. The public purse should be spent on the public. Those who are avid arts fans should be the ones to support them.
Jill Wagner, Charlotte
The rise in homicides is disturbing
In response to “Charlotte matched 2018 homicide total in less than 6 months. What happens now?” (June 20) and related articles:
Historically, murder was reserved for money, drug deals gone bad and relationship issues. I am disturbed that the huge rise of homicides in Charlotte, 57 already this year, indicates that too many people are going to guns as their first response to any perceived problem.
I believe this reflects a sense of hopelessness among many of our citizens. Recently, I sympathetically read in the Observer about a police officer being frustrated attending a homicide over a petty argument. Too many murders, and the police get overwhelmed. Too few resources, and those in the margins give up and act out.
This reality ought to be front and center for our City Council and County commissioners.
Sam Roberson, Fort Mill
Why do we still deny guns as the issue?
"No rhyme or reason," says Police Captain Chris Dozier, that could explain the increase in homicides. How often we continue to hear this wringing of hands over why so many people are getting shot. Yet Dozier answered his own quandary by saying "People are resorting to firearms" during fairly minor arguments or disagreements. So what's to get here? Obviously it's the proliferation of guns.
Why try to up your opponent with words when a more convincing win can be had by just shooting him? But still we deny that it is the guns and keep looking for some other esoteric answers.
Kenneth Schammel, Cornelius