Letters to the Editor

Commissioners, don’t go to the front of the line and serve yourselves first

Gil Borrero
Gil Borrero

If the people come first, nix the pay raise

I find the commissioners’ 43 percent pay increase reprehensible.

Commissioner Vilma Leake, you often say “It’s all about the people.”

So how is getting a 43 percent pay raise about the people? You should be giving the schools a 43 percent increase.

Commissioner Ella Scarborough, you’ve said you are dedicated to serving all residents of Mecklenburg County. Does that mean you get to stand at the front of that line and serve yourself first?

People, get with the times. Take care of your constituents first. Take care of the schools and people who are less fortunate.

Gil Borrero, Charlotte

Democratic sit-in a display of hypocrisy

U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control. How deliciously hypocritical.

While Harry Reid was Senate majority leader, he and other Democrats refused to allow hundreds of bills to be brought to a vote, blocking many that had bipartisan support.

Why? To protect Democratic senators from having to go on the record and to shield President Obama from having to veto bills that were supported by the people but didn’t advance his far-left agenda.

Democrats are getting a taste of their own medicine and they don’t like it.

By the way, it’s about radical Islamic terror, not guns.

James McCall, Taylorsville

Speech is restricted, guns should be too

The NRA has taken the Second Amendment to the level of absurdity, claiming terrorists and mentally deranged people cannot be denied the right to obtain guns.

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.”

Freedom of speech is limited, however, by common sense; you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, etc.

These restrictions clearly abridge freedom of speech, but the courts have allowed a reasonable interpretation of the amendment.

Guns cause upwards of 30,000 deaths each year. Reasonable restrictions are much in need.

Sen. Susan Collins’ proposed legislation should become law.

Larry Bennett, Charlotte

My kids are OK with new CMS trans policy

I was proud to read that CMS is standing up for transgender kids.

I have kids in CMS and I stand behind the school 100 percent in this. So do my children, who have no fears about going into the same public restroom as a transgender kid.

The emotional suffering caused by making transgender kids targets of derision is truly awful.

Give them peace. Give them support. They aren’t hurting anybody.

Let them grow up with the ordinary expectation of gentleness and dignity.

This whole HB2 mess has been a humiliation for the state. Let’s drop it once and for all.

Rachel Kubie, Charlotte

I’m thrilled to see Trump on GOP ticket

In response to “Trump can win; that scares many on left” (June 22 Forum):

Sorry, Forum writer Robert Cassell, but you are mistaken.

It isn’t those on the left who fear a Trump candidacy, it is those in the GOP hierarchy who fear he cannot win a general election and thus will drag down GOP candidates who must share a losing ticket with him.

Those on the left are quite satisfied with things as they are and are not looking to remove him from the contest.

Janet Taylor, Lincolnton

I want more choices on N.C. ballot

We need to make it easier for candidates to get on the N.C. ballot so voters can vote for people they believe in, like Jill Stein of the Greens or Libertarian Gary Johnson, rather than be forced to vote for the lesser of two evils.

We deserve real choices rather than having the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country.

Steven Capps, Charlotte

Let’s not dismiss Jordan’s contribution

In response to “Cam gives kids time, so should Jordan” (June 22 Forum):

I thank Michael Jordan for his extraordinarily generous gift! He and his corporate partners have provided money that will do a lot of good for children in Charlotte.

It is rude of Forum writer Dick Meyer to compare Mr. Jordan’s gift of financial support to Cam Newton’s time spent talking to kids in poor neighborhoods.

In the long run, we may not be able to calculate the actual value of the gifts to the children they serve, but dismissing one or the other certainly serves no purpose.

Sydney A. Odell, Charlotte