Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.03.16

Bob Harrison
Bob Harrison

Do the math on Gitmo, then close it

In response to “Gitmo plan could create more terrorists” (March 1 Forum) and related articles:

Each detainee in Gitmo is costing you, the American taxpayer, about $5 million per year.

We can house them in a U.S. federal prison and keep them from the general population for less than $50,000 a year.

It’s economics, people.

There are 91 detainees in Gitmo. Do the math.

If you are concerned about federal spending, debt and deficits, this is a no-brainer.

Bob Harrison, Wingate

It’s time for all in GOP to back Trump

In response to “Clinton, Trump claim Super Tuesday wins” (March 2):

As Donald Trump puts his finishing touches on his nomination, establishment Republicans need to quickly lick their wounds, then get behind him.

If they try to railroad him at the convention and nominate another candidate, it’ll be the end of the party. Trump will run as an independent and Clinton will dance into the Oval Office.

Like him or not, he has jumped through all the right hoops and is acquiring the necessary delegate votes to win the nomination.

Obviously, our past moderate candidates – Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney – haven’t fared well, so let’s get behind a conservative and see how he does!

Trigg Cherry, Charlotte

Don’t back Trump, too much is unknown

This letter is for Trump supporters, whom I assume are smart enough not to make decisions that are harmful to their family.

Can you imagine choosing a car at the dealership that has no sticker price or list of what you’re buying, and no information about the loan you’ll get to buy it?

Furthermore, the car you choose is locked and you will not get the key until you’ve made six months of payments.

Give it some thought.

John H. Clark, Charlotte

Unfair to tie France to his grandfather

In response to “NASCAR CEO France endorses Trump campaign” (March 2):

Tying Brian France’s endorsement of Donald Trump to his redneck grandfather’s endorsement of George Wallace belonged on the Opinion page, if anywhere.

How about an analysis on North Carolina’s portion of the $800 billion stimulus went – obviously not to schools and roads.

And wouldn’t term limits on Congress make it more responsive?

People are voting for “The Donald” to send a message that status quo politicians are no longer acceptable.

Jon Hoin, Charlotte

What exactly is Sen. Burr about in D.C.?

In response to “Burr’s Washington profile on rise as chairman of panel” (Feb. 22):

Sen. Richard Burr claimed the majority of his day “is consumed in reading the overnight intel reports (and) meeting with foreign leaders.”

Such a statement from the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is obviously tailor-made for a re-election campaign based on the public’s fear of terrorism.

But it raises the question of what is the senator clandestinely about in Washington?

It sounds overdone for an elected senator with a large staff, who sits on two other major committees.

No wonder Burr is known as a public apologist for the intelligence agencies. Is he a member of the legislative branch, or an executive of the CIA?

William E. Jackson Jr., Davidson

City trash proposal unfair, unsound

In response to “Renters fight for trash service” (Feb 27):

The writer is CEO of Association Management Solutions, Inc.

To decree that tax-paying homeowners who purchased condos or townhomes are no longer eligible to receive the same trash services provided all other homeowners is unfair, unthinkable and flat out discriminatory.

To hide behind “aligning with other cities” is insulting. We live in Charlotte, not some other city.

Plus, taking dollars out of all of those pockets to pay for private trash service is taking dollars directly out of the Charlotte economy – dollars that would have gone to small businesses and retailers.

It’s unfair and it’s unsound. Period.

Alan Staten, Charlotte

Apple doing its job, protecting customers

In response to “Apple should put U.S. safety first” (March 1 Forum):

Other governments, hackers, and the criminal element could take advantage of this back door the government is asking Apple to build.

Today, people use their phone to conduct legitimate personal business. This could be corporate secrets, business contracts, or personal data, such as bank accounts.

Apple is simply doing what it should be doing – protecting its customers to the best of its ability so the devices it sells are secure.

Charlie Fortanbary, Charlotte