In response to “No need for streetcar on Monroe Road: bus is just fine” (July 12 Forum):
Why a streetcar is better than a bus
(The writer is Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design at UNC Charlotte.)
Investment in streetcars and light rail brings property development that increases Charlotte’s tax base. Real estate and jobs do not follow bus routes; those can frequently change.
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American cities find that new development clusters along the fixed routes of light rail and streetcar lines. That public investment catalyzes a multitude of private developments that pay property taxes to the city – and we are all better off.
In response to “Time running out to salvage nuclear deal” (July 12):
There’s only one palatable nuclear deal with Iran
I think the headline should have instead read “Time has run out on securing a good deal.” A good deal is one which eliminates every Iranian pathway to a nuclear weapon.
Also, a good deal must prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state – it must dismantle its nuclear infrastructure so it has no path to a nuclear weapon.
If this administration gives in on any of the above cited requirements then it will be making a very bad deal which they will ultimately regret when Iran explodes its first nuclear weapon.
In response to “No women of remarkable achievement?” (July 7 Fourm):
No women deserve to unseat Hamilton on $10 bill
Mary Gaertner listed her nominees to replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill: Harriett Tubman, Pocahontas, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Sally Ride, Florence Nightingale, as well as many other women.
I suggest that to compare the importance of contributions of Alexander Hamilton to the establishment and future of the USA to the contribution of any of these women is beyond ridiculous.
This is not to take away in any way from the importance of the women she lists. It is by comparison to Hamilton that their importance suffers.
In response to “Who is John Roberts really?” (July 11 Viewpoint):
Maybe Roberts realized the damage his court was doing
I appreciated the two perspectives on John Roberts by Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, but I have a third one for consideration. On the heels of two of the four worst U.S. Supreme Court decisions in history with Bush v. Gore of 2000 and Citizens United of 2010, Roberts understands that his Republican packed court is one extremely bad decision away from rioting in the streets.
Roberts doesn’t live in a vacuum and fully understands just how close his court is to being seen as proof positive that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” as his Republican Party has controlled the court now for a long while.
In response to “A witness to history” (July 11):
Removing Confederate flag doesn’t solve real issue
Glenn Burkins’ article about the removal of the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina, completely failed to address the underlying issue in the black community.
Burkins stated that the “structural inequities that leave so many African-Americans socially and economically disenfranchised” are still in place. The more correct statement would be that the lack of parenting and family structure is still in place, and until this is addressed, removing 100 Confederate flags will make no difference.
Here’s a better kind of symbolism involving that flag
It is admirable and symbolic that, after a tragedy caused by hate, it was an immigrant’s daughter, now the governor of South Carolina, who gave the first step towards unification and atonement.