Majority deserves to be heard on HB2
In response to “Council’s ordinance did represent all” (April 22 Forum):
Representing all of the people does not mean that the legitimate concerns of the majority should be ignored in order to accommodate the preferences of a tiny percentage of the population.
Representative government means appropriate action will be decided upon when all voices are heard and all factors are taken into consideration.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
AG Cooper is right not to defend HB2
The N.C. Attorney General is just like our district attorneys, only he represents the whole state.
Like the DAs, he should not waste money on cases he cannot win.
HB2 is an unwinnable case – but it does make the Republicans look good to the uninformed.
Rodney Black, Crouse
Cooper decision on HB2 disappoints
I’m disappointed in Roy Cooper’s decision not to defend HB2 against lawsuits.
It makes him look like a hypocrite considering the Democrats’ positions on county clerks not issuing marriage licenses to gays and the U.S. Senate’s failure to consider the president’s nomination for the Supreme Court. I believe Cooper would oppose both clerks and the Senate refusing to do their jobs.
John Huson, Charlotte
State well within its purview on HB2
Every municipality in North Carolina derives all law and ordinance-making power from the state.
If a city ordinance runs afoul of the will of the state legislature, as Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance did, the state can move to nullify that law.
What the state legislature did, while perhaps just as poorly conceived and executed as Charlotte’s ordinance was, is completely within its purview.
If the mayor and city council have that little knowledge of how state and local government work perhaps they should reconsider whether they are competent to govern a large 21st century city.
Don McConnell, Charlotte
N.C. GOP agenda grounded in fantasy
Unfortunately, the N.C. GOP’s agenda is grounded in fantasy rather than in our future.
When it comes to passing laws to prevent nonexistent threats like voter fraud and bathroom molestation, we get HB 589 (voter suppression) and HB2.
When it comes to passing laws to stop real threats like needless firearm deaths, fossil-fuel driven climate change, low teacher pay, and health care for the needy, we get nothing.
Why do Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-led N.C. General Assembly choose such a nonsensical agenda, rather than address the real issues of importance that will make North Carolina great again?
Jerry Tylman, Charlotte
We’re letting our politics destroy us
America has by far the highest level of debt in recorded history with no end in sight.
Our leaders and political candidates are more like cartoon characters than statesmen, our borders are porous, and politicians now dictate to our military who they can use to fight their battles.
Instead of uniting to deal with these problems, we spend our time belittling each other and bickering about banalities such as bathrooms.
We have enemies who are sworn to destroy us, but it seems we are doing a better job of that ourselves than any enemy could ever hope to do.
Mike Scruggs, Rutherfordton
Country that I live in isn’t doing so bad
I find it interesting when folks say our imperfect president has destroyed our country. What country are they talking about?
The one I live in has 5 percent unemployment, an economy doing well, a new healthcare law that works pretty well but needs improvement, and a renewable energy market that has taken off.
Yes, economic inequity has gotten worse over the last 35 years, but it will take a concerted effort and time to address that.
Conservative or liberal, let’s look at the real story and problems and not the contrived ones.
Keith Wilson, Charlotte
Make hands-free cell use the law in N.C.
North Carolina came up way short by enforcing only “no texting.”
A leading cause of vehicle accidents comes from being distracted.
Changing the law to allow hands-free only operation of cellphones and GPS devices will save lives and reduce insurance claims and premiums.
Join the other states that have made the correct choice for themselves and their children’s children.
Alan Gottheim, Charlotte