Letters to the Editor

Jerry Healy’s case an example of white privilege

Chris McLeod
Chris McLeod

A case of white privilege with Healy

In response to “3-month term set in Charlotte Catholic theft” (April 20):

Jerry Healy’s case is a perfect example of white privilege.

Yes, he lost his career, his reputation, many friends, and disappointed hundreds of kids. So did Patrick Cannon.

Let’s not forget that Healy, accused of stealing almost $300,000 from donors and the Catholic Diocese, will only spend three months in a halfway house.

Cannon, an elected official charged with accepting over $50,000 in bribes, was sentenced to 44 months in prison.

I’m grateful U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney overruled the highly unusual recommendation that Healy receive only probation.

Chris McLeod, Charlotte

UnitedHealth proof ACA isn’t working

In response to “Ahem, you know what’s working? Obamacare” (April 19 Editorial):

Ironically, the same day Observer editors proclaimed Obamacare is working, UnitedHealth announced it would no longer participate in Obamacare in North Carolina following losses of more than $1 billion nationwide.

That leaves N.C. with two Obamacare providers. One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has also lost $405 million on Obamacare plans and may stop selling Obamacare policies here.

The remaining provider, Coventry offers coverage in less than half the state.

Ahem, this spells success only to those who cannot spell.

Steve Monroe, Charlotte

Immigrants help keep N.C. economy strong

In response to “Charlotteans join D.C. rally in support of Obama’s immigration program” (April 19):

Is Gov. Pat McCrory so cruel as to take away the DAPA deferred action program from immigrants?

Does he not realize that if he does so 250,000 immigrants in North Carolina would be at risk?

North Carolina could lose an important part of its economy and diversity.

It’s bad enough Gov. McCrory is denying the LGBT community its equal rights, now this too.

Whatever happened to “mi casa es tu casa”?

Lorraine Stark, Matthews

I don’t buy into Hillary conspiracy

In response to “Why are so many American voters Hillary-phobic? Let me explain” (April 18 Opinion):

Columnist Dick Meyer says he doesn’t know exactly why he has never liked Hillary Clinton.

May I suggest that if a person had been held up as a demon to a certain segment of the population for the past 30 years, that of course those people who succumb to those kinds of lies may easily come to believe it.

If, on the other hand, you are willing to read the whole story and understand that there has, in fact, been a conspiracy to take out that person, one will know the truth.

I prefer the truth.

Nancy Bryant, Norwood

Only solution: Allow a vote on restrooms

In response to “Houston avoids boycott despite stance on rights” (April 19):

The Charlotte/Houston comparison makes the solution quite clear.

As long as this is left in the hands of politicians we will continue to see economic and social unrest.

The citizens must decide. Put this issue up for vote and put it to rest.

Roger Morgan, Marshville

Let companies rule on own bathrooms

In response to “Another Charlotte gathering canceled over HB2” (April 20):

If PayPal and other private companies want to allow their male and female employees to share the same bathroom, that is their rightful decision.

But a majority of people in North Carolina, especially our women, do not want this to happen in our public bathrooms.

Bruce Jacik, Charlotte

A big disconnect with current HB2

I do not want men in the women’s room with my little girls.

But how does ending workers’ rights to sue in state court for age discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, etc. protect them?

L.C. Coonse, Granite Falls

Dogs on laps as distracting as phones

If texting while driving is called a distraction, what do you call it when a driver has a dog on his/her lap hanging out the window?

Lloyd White, Charlotte