Trump or Clinton? Don’t endorse either
Kudos to the Observer for its May 27 editorial (“Clinton’s problem bigger than emails”).
You correctly pointed out that: “Even when repeatedly warned, in person and by memo, of the dangers from hackers trying to access private email systems, she forged ahead anyway.”
You go on to point out that even when hackers forced the temporary shutdown of her private server, she failed to inform computer security officials at the State Department.
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Given these facts, how can the Observer possibly endorse her for president? Will you turn a blind eye to this misconduct as Secretary of State?
I realize you can’t endorse Donald Trump, but at least you should fail to endorse either candidate.
Craig A. Reutlinger, Charlotte
GOP created bumper crop of angry voters
The 2016 harvest looks to be a bumper crop.
Those seeds of doom and gloom that the GOP planted have grown America’s “Angry Red Voters.”
The copious fertilizer from far right radio and Fox News spread daily has encouraged deep roots.
Unfortunately there is really no market for Angry crop. It has no nutrients; it’s a poisonous weed.
Good luck feeding the nation’s needs with that crop, GOP.
Chip Potts, Mooresville
If Bernie stays in Trump could win
Bernie Sanders is running against Hillary Clinton and against math.
To win the nomination, he would have to win the remaining primaries by extraordinary margins to overcome Clinton’s delegate lead.
If he continues to run aggressively against her, he risks dividing rank and file Democrats. Some may become so disillusioned by his rhetoric that they stay home in November.
Sanders would be wise to consider whether his defiant determination to beat Clinton will have dire consequences – a Trump victory in November.
Joseph J. Salerno, Charlotte
I pay my fair share; so should Trump
In response to “Trump: ‘I do’ pay some federal taxes” (May 27):
Donald Trump said he has worked “very hard to pay as little tax as possible.”
In this country, taxes are the lifeblood of our democracy and freedom. We may not agree on how governments choose to spend every dime of our taxes, but without them we’d have no military, no police, no public schools, no public water, and no roads, just to name a few of the services our taxes fund.
I view it a privilege to pay my fair share of taxes and am thankful for the services and protections they buy us all, including Mr. Trump.
If he elects to not pay his fair share of taxes, his choice disqualifies him from public office.
Will Graves, Charlotte
HB2 discriminates; that’s un-American
I am a 57-year-old white male who knows virtually nothing about the transgender community.
What I do know is that these transgender folks are Americans. They are entitled to the same rights as any other citizens.
To say otherwise is downright un-America.
Stephen Jones, Charlotte
Don’t like way of life here? Then, so long.
We have some of the best musicians already here in North Carolina and our citizens’ rights and privileges are well tended.
Companies that are looking for a second-to-none workforce and business environment are here already. Others are of course welcome.
We already have more than our share of carpetbaggers and scalawags. To boot, North Carolina is getting kind of full.
If the way of life in North Carolina offends you, feel free to spend your time and money elsewhere. Bless your heart.
David Ezra, Shelby
No rational reason for motorcycle bill
The N.C. House Transportation Committee just passed HB1050, titled “DOT/No Discrimination Against Motorcyclists.”
Bill sponsor, Rep. John Torbett, R-Gaston, asserts that motorcyclists are being denied entry to some parking garages. The bill deems that unlawful “discrimination.”
The bill would bar publicly owned parking garages from banning motorcyclists and requires any parking lot built after July 1 using state or local funds to make “reasonable accommodations” for motorcycles.
Why is that necessary?
Motorcycles are currently allowed to park in parking spaces for motor vehicles.
There is no rational reason to enact motorcycle “discrimination” laws.
Ted Rueter, Durham