Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 05.01.16

Jerry Mitchell
Jerry Mitchell

$33M on a streetcar update? Don’t do it!

In response to “Streetcars getting serious makeover” (April 28):

Charlotte officials need to reorder their priorities.

Spend $33 million for streetcar upgrades?

I’ve not seen a streetcar with more than a half-dozen riders.

Think how many people could be served if the $33 million was directed toward the local food bank or low-income housing.

Jerry Mitchell, Charlotte

City, N.C. legislature share blame on HB2

In response to Our View “The GOP’s bad HB 2 options” (April 28 Editorial):

This editorial reads to me as if only the lawmakers in Raleigh were being political.

What drove HB2 was a response to the Charlotte City Council, specifically to Mayor Jennifer Roberts. She was paying off a political debt and Raleigh had to react.

Both the city and legislature acted badly – or as the editorial said, sadly.

There should have been some dialogue to reach a fair solution.

Jim Cotton, Charlotte

Disingenuous N.C. boycotts irk me

Entertainers are snubbing events that charities use to raise funds for their causes and hurting those employed at these venues.

In addition, sanctimonious, two-faced companies will continue to rake in obscene amounts of money from countries that routinely slaughter or imprison LGBT folks.

I guess these entertainers and businesses like PayPal are far too concerned with their own political agenda and bottom line.

Sally Coulter, Charlotte

HB2 violates Bill of Rights; repeal it

In response to “Voter referendum on House Bill 2 possible” (April 28):

Here we go again. It appears the N.C. legislature may consider putting HB2 to a referendum, like it did with gay marriage.

To protect minorities against the tyranny of the majority is one of the fundamental principles of the Bill of Rights.

Regardless of how repugnant the majority may find the LBGT lifestyle, LGBT community members possess rights the majority is not entitled to limit.

We can only hope that our legislature will not once again shirk its responsibility to govern within the constraints of the Bill of Rights.

HB2 should be voided, not the protections of the Bill of Rights.

Will Graves, Charlotte

Lack of competition drives health prices

In response to “Health care costs often higher in Charlotte” (April 28):

Higher than average medical costs in Charlotte are to be expected since Novant and CHS have a virtual monopoly on services because they own or are affiliated with most every primary care and specialty practice in the area.

With few exceptions, your “captive” doctor is locked into the labs and ancillary service practices Novant and CHS own so they have few choices about where to refer you.

While one would think being bigger would result in lower fees due to volume, having little competition works against that theory.

One’s only other choice is to take a drive to a neighboring location where costs appear to be lower.

Barry Sherbal, Charlotte

Political absurdity is now our reality

One former Speaker of the House describes a presidential candidate of his own party as “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Another former Speaker is a pederast who goes to prison for lying about paying hush money to a blackmailer.

A former Secretary of State tells women that “there is a special place in hell” for women who don’t vote for the female presidential candidate.

Another presidential candidate is a socialist who is not even a member of the political party whose nomination he seeks.

It’s the death knell of political satire: The absurdity of political reality has finally outpaced human imagination.

F. Lane Williamson, Charlotte

Stop the demonizing and start talking

When did America cease to “Love your neighbor as yourself”?

Have we sunk so low that we no longer even know how to disagree agreeably? Where is the grace?

How do we stop pointing fingers and come together for the common good?

If the left and the right actually talk together looking for solutions, instead of demonizing one another, they may come to the middle where most of America lives.

Jill Wagner, Charlotte