Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.25.15

Alan Dockery
Alan Dockery

In response to “McCrory: End flag on tags” (June 24):

End all specialty plates, offensive or not

The N.C. legislature should end all specialty license plates and remove all slogans and extraneous art.

They serve no purpose and many offend people.

The claim that specialty tags raise money for those organizations is not valid. More money would go to the organizations if people simply donated directly. The state only passes on part of what you pay for that specialty plate.

Alan Dockery


In response to Our View “Raised in hate, lowered to reject it” (June 23 Editorial) and related articles:

You had me until the last sentence of that flag editorial

I thought your editorial was well written – until I got to the last sentence: “Yes, deep in the soil is just the spot,” referring to where the flag should be buried.

And people wonder why this country cannot have a meaningful conversation on race.

Please use your editorials to bring people together, not push them apart.

Jerry Suttle


No need for a Taliban-like purge of all things Confederate

Take the flag down, but do we need to remove every jot and tittle of historical memorials like a Taliban-purge?

As Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history, are destined to repeat it.”

If we truly want unity, it’s time to get rid of the category of “hyphenated” Americans.

James B. Hall


Confederate flag has been co-opted; time to put it away

As symbols gain popularity and power, they are often co-opted to other uses and meanings.

Sometimes they’re corrupted to the point that their original intent cannot be retrieved. Then, their creators must put them away.

I’d like to see Gov. Haley just walk out, take the flag down and carry it to her office. No fanfare, no press, no demonstrators – no debate. It’s time to put this symbol in a drawer.

William C. Barnes


Ban symbols of hate? Who decides and where does it end?

Is the Buzzer right: “First the flags will be removed, then the memorials...”?

When does it end? Who gets to decide?

Will re-enactors be banned? United Daughters of the Confederacy? Or, the person on Statesville Avenue who flies both flags?

Will displayers be attacked/ridiculed/jailed because of a personal choice?

But then, what about the raised fist? Or the tri-color depictions? Aren’t they also a sign of hatred?

I sit and wonder...

Coy Powell


Fly that flag on personal property, not on public land

The debate over whether the Confederate flag is a symbol of pride of heritage versus hate and oppression has an easy answer: It’s in the eye of the beholder, and therefore it’s both.

The more relevant question is whether South Carolina should continue to take sides and thus continue to insult a sizable portion of its citizens in the process.

So I say it’s a free country, so fly a swastika if you like, but do in it your yard, and not on public property.

William Burns


Races united in Charleston; let their example be role model

It seems like most of the rhetoric surrounding the Charleston tragedy was negative and missed the opportunity to talk about the positive of how far race relations have come in South Carolina.

There was no rioting, no looting, no burning cars and buildings, no shootings.

Charleston should have been cited as a role model of how races united to overcome a single event by a misguided, racist individual.

Shame on those who only wanted to flame the fires of racism.

Rodger Parker


In response to “Trump touted his wealth, but was mum on his bankruptcies” (June 21 Forum):

Don’t dismiss Trump as viable option, he’d get us back on track

You might not like his style, but Donald Trump would get our country back to what it was.

Let us not pass up the chance to go forward and upward. Let’s rally around one who cares and will do! He has the interest, energy and money to do this.

P.S. No more mealy-mouthed politicians!

Sophia Brown