Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.04.16

Crissie Boggs
Crissie Boggs

LGBT community’s prayers were heard

In response to “McCrory meets with LGBT leaders calling for law’s repeal” (April 1):

Christian radio host Steve Noble of Called2Action said his group didn’t pray hard enough to get the governor of Georgia to sign into law a bill similar to HB2.

Mr. Noble, we are all sinners, including you and me. We all fall short of our expectations as believers.

In the LGBT community there are many Christians, many religious individuals, many who pray fervently, just like you.

Did you ever consider that maybe your prayer was just not answered and someone else’s was?

Crissie Boggs, Cornelius

I want more proof from corporate execs

In response to “McCrory meets with LGBT leaders calling for law’s repeal” (April 1):

The 100-plus companies that support Charlotte’s anti-discrimination ordinance must immediately post signs indicating that all of their restrooms, and other facilities, are open to anyone based on sexual self-identification.

In addition, the executives should use the restrooms opposite their birth gender to demonstrate that they are not being intimidated by LGBT advocates and are not hypocrites, but true believers.

Charles Williams, Statesville

HB2 firestorm underscored flaws

I have watched Gov. McCrory and his spokespersons fumble HB2 responses in the local and national media.

The defensive stance and negativity come across loud and clear.

Did they not expect this reaction?

Can the governor really blame this on a nationwide conspiracy against North Carolina?

Was the communication plan not discussed ahead of time from all possible angles?

To not be prepared to handle this crisis speaks volumes about the governor and his lack of leadership competencies.

Craig Probst, Davidson

Boycott would send stronger message

Our legislature and governor have once again shown their willingness to promote discrimination.

While possibly moving an event such as the NCAA finals from Charlotte may be symbolic, it will have no significant economic impact on our state.

To have economic impact that will send a message to elected officials, there needs to be a boycott of N.C. produced products, such as Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods, and others.

Only voters can send an effective message that HB2 is not North Carolina and should not only be repealed, but the people who voted for it are not worthy of office.

Lee Rocamora, Charlotte

Too late for tweaking; repeal is necessary

In response to “McCrory open to tweaks in LGBT law” (April 1):

HB2 has been introduced, sort of debated, read, voted on, signed, and is now law.

I would think the time for “tweaking” is over. About all you could do is repeal it, if you had the votes, and start over, if you had the will and the votes.

The Republicans have acted unilaterally, as they seemingly had absolute power, but now even they have to follow constitutional process.

Roger Callaway, Matthews

Hold politicians to election promises

The cycle repeats every election year.

Politicians make high-energy speeches with promises to fix issues such as jobs, immigration, etc.

Voters believe and hope they’ll do what they say. But alas, politicians do nothing and the cycle repeats.

Anger grows as voters get tired of being conned.

Perhaps this is why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are doing so well. Voters believe them.

Solution: an up-to-date “promises list” after elections that will run online for all to see.

Lesson: If you say it, do it.

Howard Honeycutt, Charlotte

Find a better way to manage gas prices

Like any other big business, the oil industry needs to hire a consultant to tell them how they can keep production of oil up and gas prices down.

For example, if the industry knows driving habits will change with the season, could they write a business plan that would address this issue or retool summer blends in the off season?

Oil production is an industry and its customers expect solutions so problems will not “rise.”

Kris Solow, Charlotte