Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 03.25.16

Daryl Solomonson
Daryl Solomonson

N.C. takes another step backward

In response to “LGBT protections end as McCrory signs law” (March 24):

Even when one thinks we can’t go further backwards as a state, we do!

First this Republican gang strips funding for education, environmental controls, the right to freely vote, and raises taxes for retirees.

Now, it overrides local government and the rights of local citizens.

Governor, when you signed this law you earned a one-way ticket out of this state in November on I-77 north or south – and I’ll gladly pay your toll.

Daryl Solomonson, Troutman

Legislature got it right on ordinance

The Charlotte City Council was forewarned by state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that if it passed the LGBT ordinance, it was taking a chance the state would overturn it.

The city caused this $42,000 expense for the citizens of the state.

It is not discriminatory to gays or anyone else to be expected to use the bathroom of the sex that you are – not the one what you want to be. End of story, end of debate.

Marty Pearsall, Mint Hill

Protect N.C. citizens against real threats

Headlines in Thursday’s Observer say a father is found guilty of killing his infant daughter, a man is charged in a greenway rape, and another is arrested on child porn charges.

And our state legislature seems to think they are making us safer by restricting public bathroom usage.

Yet, when was the last time there was an incidence of a transgender individual attacking someone in a bathroom?

I’m confused. Please, Rep. Dan Bishop, help me understand this logic.

Robin Drechsel, Charlotte

Focus on success of all CMS children

In response to “Stability, not diversity, should be the focus for CMS” (March 22 Opinion):

Boe Clark presents a political agenda for some rather than an educational agenda for all.

A true “community-uniting” effort – a term used in his piece at least four times – would be one that engages families across the entire district around the best education that will lead to success for all children.

When adults focus on the needs of the child, then they are compelled to move from thinking about one’s own child to thinking about every child.

Let’s put aside what some see as best and convenient for adults, and act in a “community-uniting” way that values all children unconditionally.

Anthony F. Bucci, Charlotte

Media exacerbates the folly of 2016 race

In response to “This presidential race is very different. 10 reasons why” (March 20):

Normally I look forward to Tim Funk’s political views, but this article was neither insightful, nor particularly useful.

His reasons for differences in the presidential race – slogans, wardrobe, celebrity endorsements – were more suitable for the Lifestyle section than an editorial arena.

Reason No. 6, “Echoes of ’68,” should have been an article by itself.

The press, by ignoring issues and historical precedents in favor of who Dennis Rodman or Duck Dynasty are endorsing, have only exacerbated the folly of this election year.

James K. Flynn, Charlotte

Sen. Tillis, do your job on high court vote

In response to “High court pick deserves a fair hearing,” (March 17 Editorial) and related articles:

What would stop a future U.S. Senate from delaying its “advice and consent” on a Supreme Court nominee for two years? Four years?

Sen. Thom Tillis’ argument is ridiculous – the voters had a chance to express their opinion on the matter by electing President Obama and electing Tillis to fulfill his constitutional role for his term.

You can certainly vote against the nominee if you choose, but your position to delay consideration is dangerous. It could be the beginning of a slippery slope that destroys our way of governing.

Mark Wittle, Raleigh

In praise of fast, efficient city crews

A fiber-optic cable was placed in our neighborhood recently. The cable broke our sewer line.

A call to the city brought prompt response by several teams on three different occasions to keep us operational. A crew repaired it on a Sunday and within 30 minutes of their leaving another crew repaired the road.

The efficiency and neatness of all the teams involved was very impressive.

Robert Fagan, Charlotte