Letters to the Editor

Malcolm Graham’s pain understandable, but death penalty for Roof not the answer


Don’t give Roof the infamy of death

In response to “Graham healing but not yet ready to forgive” (June 17):

I do not blame Malcolm Graham for believing the killer of his sister, Cynthia Hurd, deserves to die. His honesty about his emotional and spiritual struggles since her murder is refreshing.

But why a death sentence? Whether multiple life or death sentences, Dylan Roof will die in a South Carolina prison. A key difference is the attention he will get.

A death sentence would mean that the survivors must withstand painful hearings and interviews again, again and again. The focus on whether Roof should be executed would increase, possibly pitting survivors against one another.

To lock Roof away and throw away the key means that few will care what happens to him after sentencing. Then, energy and resources can be put where they should be – on the victims.

Cindy Adcock, Charlotte

Losers prying away Trump backers’ voice

In response to “Republicans should try to block Donald Trump” (June 19):

Those of us who voted for Trump are quite aware of our civics lessons from school. Like everyone, when Trump announced his candidacy, we rolled our eyes. But then we saw the debates. They helped us decide who we believe will pull this country out of the mess it is in.

Now that we have spoken, the losers are trying to pry away our voice. Why ask us to vote if you are going to hold over our heads that our vote is not as informed and intelligent as that of a delegate? Then just have delegates vote and don’t waste our time asking us to vote and pretending that our voices matter.

Jay Smith, Philadelphia, Pa.

First terrorists’ guns, then rest of us

The objection to a no-fly no-buy list is easily understood.

The enemies of our freedoms like to use the bait-and-switch scam. So they want to force this concession in the name of protection from the terrorists (whom they are importing for political purposes) so that they can then switch the list’s purpose to one of confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens by creatively expanding the definition of who belongs on the list.

These people are totally predictable.

Christopher Hollins, Charlotte

Trump is the wolf, not the third pig

In response to “Trump and ‘The Three Little Pigs’” (June 20 Forum):

Apt analogy by letter-writer Jim Champion in Monday’s Forum, except that he failed to recognize that Donald Trump is the huffing, puffing wolf, and the brick house is the Constitution that Trump is out to destroy.

Burt Cheezem, York, S.C.

Practice what you preach, Rev. Kraft

In response to “Pastor offers parting views” (June 19):

The motto of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is “Loving, Not Judging.” Yet Rev. Nancy Kraft refers to Gov. Pat McCrory as “an embarrassment” and to Rev. Franklin Graham as “an embarrassment – to his father and to Christianity.”

Does she sincerely wish Charlotte had “more opportunities for people of diversity to dialogue”? Labeling is not the best way to start a conversation.

Jordan Abshire, Charlotte

Eschert firing illegal? Or just unfair?

In response to “Does the city treat all offensive posts equally?” (June 20):

Some city workers are eligible to retire, Ms. Crystal Eschert was not. Some city worker jobs are subject to added Civil Service Commission protections, Ms. Eschert’s was not. As an employment-at-will state, a worker can be terminated for “any reason ... or no reason at all.”

Was Ms. Eschert treated unequally? Definitely. Unfairly? Probably. Illegally? Most likely not ... her lawsuit judge will decide.

Pat LaRocca, Charlotte

Petty’s Trump embrace looks bad

I have been stewing on this for a few days and wonder if it bothers anyone besides me. I have been a fan of Richard Petty since the 1960s and I applaud the family for reaching out to sick and disabled children thru the Victory Junction Camp.

The recent photo of him embracing Donald Trump was very upsetting to me. Does that mean that he condones making fun of people with disabilities?

Mr. Petty, you should have thought how some would perceive this action.

Ellen Lingerfelt, Iron Station