Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.13.16

Let arrest disputes play out in court

In response to “Why police brutality keeps happening” (March 10 Forum):

There would be a dramatic reduction in incidents of the police using force if the citizenry would submit to lawfully prescribed arrest procedures.

Work it out in court, not in the street.

Brad Frazier, Iron Station

Solution is simple: Do what officers say

In response to “Putney: Officer justified in arrest” (March 10):

If a suspect does not follow instructions – as in this case – what are the officers expected to do?

There was the possibility of his having a gun or knife. So to avoid a tragedy, the officers tried to restrain him.

All he had to do was put his hands behind his back and he would have been handcuffed. This is not rocket science.

Let’s start giving the men in uniform some credit and stop with the automatic “police officers are brutal.”

Their job is not easy and we need to start appreciating what they do on a day-to-day basis – “putting their lives on the line.”

Sharon Bury, Matthews

Reading between the lines on CMS survey

In response to “Neighborhood schools outrank diversity on CMS survey” (March 11):

The CMS survey was very clear.

Yet, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark said “This is intended to be one data point, one of many for the board” in its student assignment plan.

That’s code for: “We will do what we think is best, not what the people think is best.”

Roy Brown, Charlotte

Don’t take your cat to the dog park

In response to “Why we chanted what we did at the Donald Trump rally” (March 10 Opinion):

Our rights to rally and protest against wrongful actions are guaranteed.

However, when we protest at a political rally, what we’re really doing is disrupting other people’s rights to assemble around a voluntary purpose.

This form of opposition is not necessary. Turn your efforts to support for your favorite and protest your opposition together.

Don’t take your cat to the dog park and complain about the reaction!

Rick Flowe, Kannapolis

Davidson students lacked info on Trump

The Davidson students at the Trump rally are so misinformed. They said they left behind their friends of color “who could not join us for their safety.”


When I volunteered at the Rock Hill rally, there were a number of people of color volunteering.

Earl Phillip, Trump’s N.C. campaign director, is black. His national spokesperson is a black woman.

There may not be very many black people there, but that’s because there aren’t very many black conservatives!

Anyone who is not disruptive is welcome. Those who are making some political statement are not.

Allison Powers, Waxhaw

GOP insiders are ignoring the base

In response to “N.C. GOP flap exposes divisions” (March 10):

Outsiders like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz are exactly what our country needs, instead of all this political correctness.

GOP insiders totally ignore our base and need a good punch in the nose, so to speak.

We want a candidate with moxie, not this squishy Washington bunch that caves on every important vote.

Jim Cherry, Charlotte

Fact-checkers reveal the real Donald

According to nonpartisan PolitiFact, Donald Trump has lied 76 percent of the time on adjudicated campaign statements, “lapping the field.”

FactCheck.org gave him its first-ever “King of the Whopper” award.

He is divisive, deceitful and dangerous – and that’s how he is described by fellow Republicans.

Everything one needs to know about his history and lack of veracity is not hard to find, ranging from exploiting people for money, evicting people from their homes, his litigious nature, and failed enterprises, including four bankruptcies.

Keith Wilson, Charlotte

No more computer phone calls, please!

These last few weeks I have been getting many telephone calls. I answer, there is no one there, then the call is answered.

I try to ask a question, the caller keeps on talking. Aha! It’s a computer!

Guess what? I do not listen to talking computers. I do not respond to talking computers.

I dislike using the following word but I hate talking computers.

Al Krantz, Charlotte