Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.17.16

Trump would be kept in check

In response to “Front-runners Clinton and Trump move closer to nomination; Rubio exits” (March 16):

Amidst all the Donald Trump fear-mongering, we must think of the American political system when attacking his proposals.

While I’m not convinced that Trump’s 40 percent plurality will pass muster as Republicans exit the races, if Trump were to get elected, he would only compose the executive branch of the government. This branch is only so powerful.

So, given the American checks and balances system our forefathers installed, what do we really expect Trump to do in office? We should be more concerned with Trump as the face of our country than with Trump’s radical policies.

Daniel DeHority, Charlotte

White and poor and truly inspiring

In response to “I’m white and poor, but I’m anti-Trump” (March 14 Forum):

Jessica Kelley, you may be poor materially, but you are so very rich in matters of the heart that define our humanity. With all the recent displays of hate, bigotry, and lack of compassion for “the least of his brothers,” your words made me a little more optimistic that, just perhaps, some of the American principles so many have sacrificed to protect are still strong.

Larry Scoggin, Huntersville

Tired of supporting Republican losers

In response to “Front-runners win votes but not hearts” (March 16):

The GOP needs to get behind the front runner and listen to the silent majority. If the establishment would fight as hard for Donald Trump as they are fighting against him, we could beat Hillary.

I am tired of supporting losers. Unlike Dole, McCain and Romney, Trump is an alpha-male – he fights and he wins.

Traci Cockerham, Charlotte

Power brokers hate these Trump wins

Donald Trump’s success in his march to the White House has been fueled by millions of Americans who are fed up with The Establishment – the small handful of power brokers who have controlled this country for years.

The Observer’s perpetual hissy fit over his quest confirms that you too are a part of this seeking to hold onto power club.

As daddy said, “A hit dog always hollers.”

Dan Houston, York, SC

Let’s educate all about sharing roads

In response to “Why we made jaywalking a crime in America” (March 10):

My bicycle is my preferred and primary mode of transportation to get around anywhere in Charlotte. The streets belong to the people who use them, regardless of whether it is by foot, on a bicycle or in a car.

Education on how we can co-exist on all our roads is key – education on how to be more empowered as a cyclist, on how to be more vigilant and cautious as a driver, and how to be less vulnerable and more entitled as a walker.

We also need to educate our officials that expensive infrastructure is not always the answer, but rather correct behavior and enforcement by all traffic participants.

Pamela Murray, Charlotte

Money for Clintons, not employees

In response to “Bank of America paid Clintons speaking fees, too” (March 11):

I was sickened by the article proclaiming that Bank of America paid the Clintons $1 million in fees for four speaking appearances. Six days ago, the Observer ran an article proclaiming that Bank of America’s employee head count was almost down to 2008 levels, cutting 10,000 people last year alone, and that even more layoffs are expected.

Both articles, diametrically opposed at first glance, are very similar, disgusting examples of money, power, and influence.

Roy Brown, Charlotte

Not everyone is celebrating airport

Hold the champagne on Charlotte airport expansion. As residents of Steele Creek we went – with the recent FAA re-routing of takeoffs at CLT – from tranquility to having low flying jets passing overhead from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m at regular 2-to-6 minute intervals.

I would hope the FAA and Charlotte airport officials would see fit to “share the wealth.” Failing that, perhaps under the “Takings Clause,” the airlines that enjoy record profits should be required to pay restitution to local fly-over residents for the loss of property values and our quality of life, health and sanity.

Suzanne and Jon Dormsjo, Charlotte