Fitzgerald is deaf to local voice on HB2
In response to “Proposed HB2 changes met with fierce criticism” (June 29):
What a hypocrite Tami Fitzgerald of N.C. Values Coalition is in saying, “We believe the people of North Carolina have already spoken through their elected representatives.”
We the people of Charlotte have already spoken through our elected representatives – twice.
Our nondiscrimination ordinance was passed with everyone knowing what the candidates’ positions were on this before they were elected. And they are holding strong to repeal HB2 in its entirety.
Diana Travis, Charlotte
Clinton to blame for lives lost in Benghazi
In response to “No ‘smoking gun’ in GOP’s final Benghazi report” (June 29):
The Benghazi report was just released. Hillary Clinton failed to take appropriate action to save American lives in Libya.
She even went further to cover up the Obama administration’s posture with false narratives – blaming the attack on a video. Yet another lie!
Clinton once said: Who in the White House do you want to answer the phone at 3 a.m.? Be prepared and vote appropriately!
Richard Wilson, Whispering Pines
GOP must examine its role in Benghazi
During the never-ending GOP Benghazi investigations not once has it been mentioned that the GOP-led U.S. House cut President Obama’s request for embassy security by $330 million in 2012, the year of the attack.
At the same time, Hillary Clinton, who the GOP wants to blame for Benghazi, warned in 2011 that proposed State Department budget cuts would “be detrimental to America’s national security.”
When will the GOP investigate these actions by their party?
Joseph Pepe, Charlotte
I-77 toll contract raises my suspicions
The more I read about the I-77 toll contract, the more obvious it is that the politicians who agreed to this fiasco are either totally incapable of rational thought or they must be benefiting financially somehow from all of this.
After the way that they knowingly allowed a private company from Spain with a shady record to hijack a major interstate highway in our state for the next 50 years, I’m convinced there is no other explanation.
Kenan Sneed, Charlotte
I question McCrory’s logic on coal ash
I agree with Gov. McCrory that the Whitewater Center needs to review and implement safeguards.
However, I do not understand his logic in not requiring Duke Energy to review and correct continuing pollution from coal ash ponds.
Many people still have unsafe water in their wells and need to bring in bottled water.
The lakes, streams, ground water, wildlife and humans continue to be exposed to the dangers of coal ash pollutants.
The Whitewater Center is responding appropriately. McCrory is not.
John Anderson, Belmont
Senate bill leaves some children at risk
In response to For the Record “A bill that could silence teachers” (June 26 Opinion):
The writer is a Charlotte-based attorney and child advocate.
I have long advocated that criminal background checks be required for all school personnel. N.C. Senate Bill 867 appears to be a step forward as it would require them for public schools and nonprofit charter schools.
However, for-profit charter schools and private schools are allowed to continue endangering children by hiring teachers whose history remains secret. What gives?
It is essential that before any parent chooses a school for their child, that they know the full extent of the background checks that the school conducts.
Without this information, children will more likely be exposed to child sexual abuse.
Seth Langson, Charlotte
Cam’s new TV show is a definite winner
If you have elementary school-age children and haven’t watched “All In with Cam Newton,” you and your family are missing out!
Cam is at his best encouraging and empowering school-age boys and girls to aim high.
His sense of humor, passion for mentoring, and his positive messaging are relatable to both kids and parents.
We are so lucky to have Cam represent Charlotte.
Joanne McCranie, Charlotte