Clark made right move on trans policy
In response to “Trans students get freedom to choose” (June 22):
The writer is a parent of a transgender child.
I applaud Supt. Ann Clark and CMS for implementing new guidelines for transgender students.
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I’ve listened to the pain of parents of transgender students as carefully crafted accommodations for their children are threatened by HB2.
Their children are “different” to begin with and forcing them to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender at birth increases the risk of bullying and ostracism.
I hope politicians and parents support the guidelines and teachers, students and administrators promote tolerance and acceptance of all children.
Peggy Geiger, Gastonia
Lucas Landscape’s position indefensible
In response to “Company protests its bashing on social media” (June 22):
The owner of Lucas Lawn and Landscaping denies company involvement in the assault on Mike Wallace. If that is so, why were the three suspects, including his son, in a company vehicle at the event?
The owner seems to show no remorse for what was done to Wallace and his daughter. The company’s position appears indefensible!
Jerry Haney, Charlotte
Commission pay raise a ludicrous move
Commission pay raise a ludicrous move
In response to “Commissioners raise their own pay in 6-2 vote” (June 22):
It looks like Washington doesn’t have a monopoly on greed and corruption.
Don’t we all wish we could say to our employer I’m going to give myself a pay raise and if you don’t like it, tough. What a crock.
Cliff Passons, Charlotte
Puckett offers no solution on gridlock
In response to “The unmitigated stupidity of I-77 tolls” (June 20 Viewpoint):
Mecklenburg commissioner Jim Puckett did not offer a single solution except to say the toll lanes project should be canceled.
Unless he is also willing to lead a conversation on how to widen I-77 in the near term without managed lanes, then his efforts to cancel the project could lead to many more years of excruciating gridlock.
If express lanes aren’t the answer for rebuilding the transportation network in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions, perhaps Mr. Puckett’s next column will outline specific solutions for improving mobility along one of our state’s busiest interstate corridors.
Tracy M. Hamm, Charlotte
Revitalizing Monroe Road area is goal
In response to Our View “Our affordable housing mess” (June 20 Editorial):
The writer is a board member of Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA).
The photo used to illustrate this editorial overlooked important factors.
Silver Oaks Apartments were beyond their life cycle. Implying their removal was bad negates that Monroe Road was long overdue for a project that brought positive attention, new jobs, renewed investment and needed amenities to a corridor that could teeter either way during reconstruction along Independence Boulevard.
Meridian Place is a mixed-use development. While other parts of the city attract mixed use easily, that has not been true of corridors like Monroe Road.
Illustrating your editorial with an example of an aged development that was replaced by new investment and jobs undercuts efforts to reinvigorate corridors like this.
Richard Darlington, Charlotte
I’d rather have a gun than beg for mercy
In response to “Guns are no panacea, like in the movies” (June 20 Forum):
Someone needs to tell Forum writer Sham Ostapko that begging for your life isn’t courageous, but desperation.
Begging for mercy from the merciless is a futile act.
I’d rather express my desperation defending myself than give up and beg. The odds of surviving are better not only for myself, but for others.
Robert Cuminale, Charlotte
Better comparison: Jordan, Richardson
In response to “Cam gives kids time, so should Jordan” (June 22 Forum):
As owner of the Hornets, Michael Jordan should continue making his donations and managing a franchise – just the way Panthers owner Jerry Richardson does.
Frederick Wilson Jr., Charlotte