I know Garland; he’s superbly qualified
In response to “The two casualties of blocking Garland” (April 3):
I strongly support John Wester’s plea for a Senate hearing and an up or down vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. I practiced law with Mr. Garland at Arnold & Porter, in Washington. He is superb. I doubt that there are any better qualified to serve on the Court.
Richard J. Wertheimer, Davidson
Why Trump is only qualified candidate
The only candidate meeting the common sense requirement for personal integrity and ability to serve as president is Donald Trump.
Running for president is truly a full-time job. One cannot have two full-time jobs at the same time. Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich are public officials. They don’t show up for their regular jobs the voters elected them for.
Only Trump and Clinton are private citizens at this moment. However, Secretary Clinton helped create fertile ground for the rise of the ISIS. That leaves only Trump meeting the minimum requirements.
Kenan Porobic, Charlotte
I’m ready for a fight in Cleveland in July
In response to “Trump calls on Kasich to drop out” (April 4)):
There is neither rule nor custom that candidates must step aside in order for Donald Trump to win the GOP presidential nomination. It is increasingly apparent that Mr. Trump is ill-qualified to be president. A convention’s purpose is for a political party to pick the best candidate for the general election, not to coronate a charlatan who is adept at manipulating public opinion. John Kasich is a bona fide conservative with a proven track record of public service, and would be a much superior president to Mr. Trump. Bring on the contested convention.
Steven P. Nesbit, Charlotte
Sack nails N.C. law with cartoon
Steve Sack’s Hoohoo Inspector cartoon in the Observer April 2 proves the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words – and in this case a thousand laughs. Enforcing HB2 would require every person attempting to use a restroom to produce a birth certificate and submit to an invasive search. That’s not only ridiculous, it is unconstitutional.
Martha L. Catt, Charlotte
This N.C. business owner backs HB2
This N.C. business owner and citizen supports HB2. Big business, the U.S. Transportation Department and big sports should not be involved. Charlotte’s mayor and City Council started this because of special interest and not the wishes of Charlotte citizens. They can correct it. They can try again and pass a law that protects everyone’s right. Charlotte is a great city and I am proud to own a business in it. A man going into a woman’s bathroom is not a right but a crime.
Rick Stikeleather, Charlotte
Tennessee residents will stop spending
We are Tennessee residents who have traveled to and through North Carolina often and have spent $10,000+ there as tourists, buying furniture, etc. Asheville is our favorite city to visit. Until HB2 is struck down or repealed we won’t stop there or spend a dime there. My wife and I cannot and will not support legalized bigotry.
Michael Arndt, Hendersonville, Tenn.
N.C., hold ground like Chick-fil-A did
It appears the LGBT liberals have adopted the economic boycott agenda perfected by Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. This agenda says that if you don’t adopt our agenda, you are (pick one) racist, anti-gay, anti-transgender, anti-whatever the flavor of the day is. The fact is, a miniscule portion of society is hijacking the rights of everyone. Not only do they expect equal treatment, they require that the remainder of society relinquish any semblance of decency and morality to accommodate the “needs” of the few who are so bothered by the traditions which have served us well for generations. I truly hope that our politicians have the guts to stand up to them, as Chick-fil-A did when they were confronted by a “boycott” by the same miniscule minority now threatening our social fiber.
William (Ed) Ellis, Conover
Settle HB2 question with public vote
Put HB 2 on the ballot in November. Let the various sides debate the bill and then have the electorate vote. This is how a democracy works.
Bob Burroughs, Charlotte