Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.21.16

Obama never worked with others

It was OK for Sen. Obama to object to consideration of a Supreme Court nominee, but as president he now wants other senators to “play it straight” – i.e., consider someone he wants.

Maybe they would do that if he had established a working relationship with Republican senators during the last seven years.

President Obama has not shown respect for those he now needs to help him govern effectively and fairly and they have many experiences that lead them to question his motives. He is reaping what he has sown.

Jim O’Donnell, Charlotte

People have already decided on Court

I don’t understand the Republican argument that the American people should “weigh in” on the next Supreme Court nomination by waiting until the next election results. First, the people don’t get to vote for Supreme Court justices. Second, the people have decided. They voted to re-elect Barack Obama in 2012.

Would the Republicans have pushed back had Mitt Romney been president? What is there to discuss? Let the people decide – and we have.

Sharon Kugelmass, Charlotte

Glad ministers attended Trump rally

In response to “Lutheran shouldn’t protest Trump” (March 16 Forum):

On Monday, I stood outside the Trump rally in Hickory with a large group of protesters, which included 10 or so ministers of various faiths wearing clerical collars. The ministers didn’t shout insults or act disruptive in any way but stood by quietly, presenting a strong model of inclusive faith. When Trump supporters and Trump dissenters moved closer together and raised the intensity of their cheers and jeers, all of those wearing clerical garb joined many others to lock arms and form a line between the two groups as a silent and protective buffer.

Their actions had a decidedly calming effect on the protesters and the protest. I, for one, am grateful the ministers were there.

Ben Sharpton, Waxhaw

Trump’s barking dog ad is offensive

The Donald Trump ad showing Hillary Clinton as a barking dog is the most disgusting political ad I have ever seen. Depicting Hillary as a female dog (also known as a b----) is the most offensive portrayal of a rival candidate ever aired. It is so offensive to women that whether you support Trump or not you should be outraged.

Diane Locklin, Charlotte

Meal program a valuable service

In response to “Homeless meal program gets 2-year extension” (March 18):

I am glad that the county decided to keep the meal program open. Although the county space could be used for other projects, the meal program provides good community service for those who participate and food for those who struggle. I am thankful to the county for continuing to help those in need.

Meera Patel, Charlotte

Stop playing politics with coal ash

In response to “Coal ash commission disbanded” (March 18):

The article covering the disbanding of the Coal Ash Management Commission was disheartening to read. This state, and its Republican leadership, needs to stop playing games with what is effectively toxic waste.

The only thing more horrifying than the dysfunction and political manipulation described in your article was the photo of workers excavating coal ash-ridden soil with little to no protection for their lungs.

Raymond Moore, Concord

Another name for the I-77 toll lanes

I think that instead of being called, “The Charlotte Toll Lane,” it should be called, “The Charlotte Highway Robbery Lane.” I drive 80 miles of the WV Turnpike for $6.00. The full length of the Florida Turnpike, 264.6 miles, is $20.53. Why are we going to have to pay $11.00 for 26 miles?

Paul Salata, Charlotte

Another Mencken election quote

In response to “Did H.L. Mencken foresee ’16 campaign?” (March 18):

Ed Williams’ op-ed should have included one more quote by H.L. Mencken that’s appropriate for the 2016 election. That is “Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.”

Look no further than the promises for free college and healthcare paid for with other people’s money, and you can see exactly what he’s speaking of.

Ben Fletcher, Charlotte