Letters to the Editor

Letter writer: I’m white and poor, but I’m anti-Trump

Businessman Donald Trump has succeeded in drawing white, working-class supporters, despite concerns about his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant messages.
Businessman Donald Trump has succeeded in drawing white, working-class supporters, despite concerns about his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant messages. AP

I’m white and poor, but I’m anti-Trump

It seems like Trump is trying to represent me. I was born and raised in the South. I am white, I live out in the country and I don’t have much money. Given the option between Republicans and Democrats, I would rather choose neither. I don’t trust them, I don’t have much use for ‘em, and I’d generally rather stay out of the whole mess.

But when I look at who Trump is talking to, I see folks that are tired and struggling and want something or someone to look up to. I see my dad, my neighbors and folks I might well have gone to school with – hard working, scrappy blue collar folks searching for a way out.

But I don’t see myself, because my mama raised me better than that. She taught me not to trust men that want to fool you, who promise you the stars but won’t give you the time of day once they got you. She taught me that being white doesn’t make you better than anybody else, that you share what you got with those who need it more, and someone always needs it more. She taught me that we get through by taking care of each other.

I can feel the temptation to look at him and think he might do something good for me or for us. But the hard truth of it is, he won’t. He’s not gonna look out for us. I know that he wants us to believe that our hard times are someone else’s fault. And I do want someone to be mad at. My family didn’t choose to be poor, none of us choose this. But when I think about who to blame, it doesn’t make any sense to me to be mad at immigrants, or other people without good health care or at whole religions because those people aren’t the ones who make calls about my life.

They aren’t deciding how much an hour of my labor is worth or whether or not I can see a doctor. They are like me, folks just searching for a way out. Trump wants to divide us, but as far as I can tell we’re all in it together and the only way we’ll find our way out of this mess is by sticking together.

Jessica Kelley, Efland

Vote for anybody but Donald Trump

In response to “GOP elite should get behind Trump” (March 10 Forum):

The referenced letter (from Robert E. Cassell Jr.) says that Trump gives us the best chance to win in November. This is actually opposite to what all the current polls are now saying, which is that Trump is the only Republican candidate that loses to Hillary.

Do we really want a president who calls opponents names like “Lyin Ted” and “Little Marco,” who insults military hero John McCain and disparages Carly Fiorina’s looks?

Trump is running a gutter campaign which resorts to xenophobia and bigotry. North Carolinians, please vote for anybody but Trump!

Herb Corday, Charlotte

Trump’s fans have right to assemble

In response to “Protests prompt cancellation of Trump rally (March 12):

Trump’s rally in Chicago was cancelled because demonstrators demanded and won an unlawful protest, one denying free speech to a citizen of this country and the right of citizens to assemble peacefully to hear a presidential candidate speak.

We must uphold the Constitution to its highest level, never allowing the minority to dictate to the majority, never denying the rights that Chicago protestors exercised, while they (demonstrators) denied others with opposing opinions that very same right.

We must not and cannot allow this type of behavior to continue. To do so will result in anarchy and tear out the very soul of this country.

Frank Harrington, Charlotte

Davidson student’s cause is flawed

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

I’m sure Elizabeth Welliver and her friends, are proud to have gotten front-page billing for disrupting a Donald Trump rally in Concord .

Her love for Christianity and compassion for illegal immigrants is touching. However, like the riotous, liberal college students that mock and throw things at conservative commencement speakers, Ms. Welliver can’t seem to tolerate beliefs other than her own.

I get nauseous at the sight of Hillary Clinton and am amazed that a socialist, Bernie Sanders, has gotten the traction he has in this country. I do respect their right to assemble, rally and speak their causes without disrupting them.

Welliver’s nobleness is a bit flawed.

Dickie Benzie, Charlotte

If you love America, then speak English

In response to “Controversial arrests net Charlotte immigrant teens (March 13):

I do not presume to understand what is the right thing to do about illegal immigrants, especially children.

But I get very irritated when the people involved are always speaking through an interpreter.

In this case, the mother using the interpreter has been here many years. Why does she not know English? If this country means that much to her, should she not put forth the effort to assimilate?

Dottie Toney, Charlotte

Apple is right in encryption fight

In response to “U.S. slams Apple for refusing to help terror probe (Feb. 20) and related coverage:

I do not trust our government, especially the current administration.

I completely side with Apple. While the FBI states that they want info from just that one terrorist’s phone, they want much more than that.

The FBI wants access to any phone. Do NOT open that can of worms!

Kevin Kronk, Pineville