Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 08.28.15

CMPD, City handled Kerrick case poorly

In response to Case exposes a divide in CMPD” (Aug. 27):

After finally seeing the evidence, Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers feel strongly that Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick performed properly as per their training.

Some are now reluctant to perform their duties for fear the department will not back them up.

Jonathan Ferrell’s family gets a $2.25 million civil settlement from the City. Kerrick had to pay part of his legal expenses.

Is this good management? Is this justice?

Joel Safran, Charlotte

Officer Kerrick had other options too

One of the jurors stated that Jonathan Ferrell had other options instead of charging toward Officer Kerrick.

As a trained officer, sworn to protect, Kerrick had other options instead of 10 shots that ended a life.

Members of the jury claim their deliberations and decisions were devoid of race, but race permeated and lurked from beginning to end.

If people are outraged and want to protest, register to vote and then make sure to vote.

James McNeil, Indian Trail

Lawmakers clueless on modern job hunt

In response to “A pointless slap at the unemployed” (Aug. 23 Editorial):

The N.C. General Assembly is clueless regarding employment.

Most employers, especially large ones, now receive employment applications electronically, and they are sorted according to the employer’s specifications. Applicants do not receive a response.

These employers claim they are too busy to respond, leaving applicants to try to get through a voice-mail system to learn the fate of their application, usually without luck.

Richard Bozarth, Mint Hill

Still waiting for explanation on Ross

In response to John Fennebresque “UNC Board was not pressured on Ross” (Aug. 27 Opinion):

Thank you, John Fennebresque, for your response to the Observer editorial on the Tom Ross matter.

Now, remind us once more, please: Why was it that the UNC Board of Governors fired Tom Ross?

Ted Lucas, Charlotte

Wanted: Candidates who don’t fear NRA

In response to “Killings tailored for social media” (Aug. 27):

I heard several presidential candidates say they were “shocked” by the latest gun violence.

What’s really shocking is their absolute cowardice in the face of the NRA lobby, and how these politicians refuse to do one single thing about the increasing number of massacres that haunt our streets, movie theaters and schools every day.

What will it take to pass common sense legislation?

William D. Charnock, Charlotte

Gold Line isn’t getting cars off road

In response to “Streetcar ridership tops projections” (Aug. 26):

One object of public transportation is to get commuters to leave their cars at home.

Light rail did take cars off of the street. All you had to do is look at the station parking lots to realize people were riding the light rail.

No such obvious measure is available to show that people are parking cars to ride the trolley.

So one must ask, what good is the trolley?

People do not seem to be aware of the enormous cost to create the trolley line, nor of the congestion it can cause.

The trolley is an example of poor planning and should never have been allowed to happen.

Larry Bennett, Charlotte

U.S. must take out ISIS once and for all

The pacifist that may have been me yesterday, is gone. If our country has the military might to exterminate ISIS once and for all, then I say we have no excuse for not proceeding at once.

Each day of delay means further destruction of our civilization as we know it, by the hand of ISIS.

If our military is not equipped to do that, what in the world are we getting for our hundreds of billions of dollars that go to the Defense Department and military each year?

How can America hold up its head if we don’t act?

Bernie Hargadon, Charlotte

Going to be a long road to 2016 election

At the national level, Republicans and Democrats are both appealing to their core constituencies.

Even in today’s 24/7 news cycle, the question remains: Which party’s political priorities will motivate their base, while also resonating with independent voters?

So we, the voting public, must now endure a billion-dollar deluge of SuperPAC political ads full of distortions, half-truths, and innuendos. It’s going to be a long 14 months.

Jay Ahuja, Charlotte