Letters to the Editor

Trump posse a band of weak politicians

David Griesemer
David Griesemer

Weak politicians are backing a bully

Our country was founded by patriots who placed their lives and fortunes at risk.

In North Carolina we are now led by politicians who are unwilling to put their reelections at risk.

Luke-warm endorsements of Donald Trump are coming through party loyalty rather than through reason and leadership.

Weak politicians are becoming the posse for the bully.

David Griesemer, Charlotte

I’ve seen racism in Obama’s actions too

One can’t help but notice the media piling on Donald Trump regarding his alleged racist comments about a Hispanic judge.

However, one can’t help but remember how unapologetic racist President Obama has been numerous times – Cambridge, Mass. police, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, Mo., etc.

Yet, the mainstream media kept dishing out passes while those situations played out.

Floyd Prophet, Kannapolis

Clinton also first under investigation

In response to “Eight years later, American politics sees another first” (June 8):

The article pointing out Hillary Clinton’s “first” of becoming the first female to be a major party’s presidential nominee fails to mention another first she is achieving.

Let’s add: the “first” candidate to campaign while under FBI and DOJ investigation.

And there may be other “firsts” for candidate Clinton before November rolls around.

Jay Howard, Mooresville

To bridge divide, stop exploiting districts

In response to “Bridging the divide in political discourse” (June 8):

It’s good that persons of influence and goodwill discuss ways to decrease political polarization, obstruction and hostility.

Let’s start with an independent redistricting commission.

Lines drawn for partisan advantage that exploit historical divisions like race create a powerful disincentive for elected officials and their supporters to be civil and compromise.

It’s a simple solution that would help solve an urgent problem – our increasing inability to run a government that works.

Pat McCoy, Charlotte

Wealthy benefited in N.C. tax shell game

In response to "N.C. has lowered taxes since 2013" (June 8 Forum):

Forum writer Ray Angele’s cursory analysis of recent tax reforms might as well have been taken from a GOP press release.

It focuses on measures that disproportionately benefit the wealthy and totally ignores the other side of the coin, which includes expanded sales taxes, the elimination of key deductions, and increased fees.

When all factors are considered, not everyone came out ahead in this shell game.

The wealthy clearly benefited, the poor were hit hard, and for everyone else the tax reforms were something of a crap shoot.

Arnie Grieves, Charlotte

Small businesses paying more, not less

Forum writer Ray Angele argues that N.C. income taxes are lower since 2013 because rates were reduced. But an opinion based on one isolated factor is misleading.

The Republican-led legislature took away the $50,000 tax exemption for small businesses.

As a result, a small business needs at least $292,000 in taxable income to get any benefit from the lowered rates.

Under the GOP tax changes, most small businesses – flower shops, construction trades, dentists, etc. – are actually paying higher state income taxes than they paid when the Democrats were in charge.

But very high small-business earners – with taxable incomes greater than $292,000 – did get a cut in state income taxes.

Bob Bollinger, Charlotte

S.C. tax break should apply to all veterans

In response to “Veterans will get a break on state income taxes” (June 5):

The S.C. bill that offers a state income tax deduction for some military retirees enrages me.

Why would the plan offer military retirees with 20 years of service a tax break and not a veteran who served two years in Vietnam the same break?

A veteran is a veteran.

Years of service should have no bearing on the benefits and entitlements that are so deserved by any veteran.

All have risked their lives for our liberty and freedom. Why give some a tax break and others none?

Robbin McCullen, Denver, N.C.