Tell Silver to take NBA game elsewhere
In response to “NBA says proposed revisions to HB2 fall short” (July 1):
Let Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA take the All-Star Game and go elsewhere. Most people will not miss it.
Since when is government beholden to a bunch of ballplayers?
And this comes from an organization that allows players to stay in the league after directing gay slurs to officials.
Floyd Prophet, Kannapolis
Spin from governor makes my head spin
After signing HB2 with the speed of light, Gov. Pat McCrory called for a discussion.
Since the time for discussion had passed, he and his hench-people became angry about those who find their discriminatory policies untenable.
Now, from McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz comes the accusation that those of us interested in inclusion and human rights are attempting to “drive the NBA All-Star Game from North Carolina.”
There is an old saying that goes: “I may be dumb, but I ain’t that dumb!”
Sandra Woolsey, Charlotte
No reason to trust Clinton on Benghazi
Hillary Clinton knew within hours that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.
Investigators determined that she emailed her daughter telling her “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like group.” She held meetings, discussing it as a terrorist attack.
On TV she suggested to the American people that protests over an anti-Islam video may have provoked the attack.
Some relatives of those killed in Benghazi say she repeated this false narrative to them.
She is a conniving person who will do or say anything to further her only real cause – herself.
Mike Vee, Concord
Death toll rises as NRA fights solutions
In response to “Don’t let pols take gun laws to extremes” (June 29 Forum):
On Forum writer Von Hawkins’ analogy equating smoking and gun safety …
Yes, I do remember smoking. As research showed more clearly the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke, smoking became more limited in the interest of public safety.
Lives have been saved as a result.
Thank goodness Big Tobacco didn’t have the clout the NRA has today!
The NRA supported a ban on gun safety research so we don’t even have the data to know which interventions might work.
Meanwhile, the death toll mounts.
Jim Cunningham, Charlotte
Gun addiction as deadly as cigarettes
Forum writer Von Hawkins might want to reconsider his injunction for us to be wary of politicians who make laws encroaching on civil liberties, citing the restrictions on smoking as example.
Eliminating smoking in public spaces was the right thing to do, indeed. Who among us, except for the addict, wants to return to the days when smoking was allowed everywhere?
Same is true for the addiction to guns.
Jerry Walden, Rock Hill
Trump can’t bring back the 1950s
In response to “Rational reasons behind ‘dump Trump’ ” (June 29 Forum):
There are more “rational reasons” to dump Trump.
The man is trying to stir up votes by bringing up a bygone era when heavy manufacturing was a staple in American life. That era is no longer true, nor possible to resurrect.
While I mourn the loss of jobs and wish we could again be powerful in the old ways, I am forced to face the fact that communications, computers, and the digital age are a step forward in history.
The ’50s manufacturing dreams are no longer an option. Trump is trying to bring back dinosaurs. Even “old fogies” need to accept this and move ahead.
Joe Sutterlin, Charlotte
Feeding at public trough far too long
In response to “An appalling 43 percent pay hike” (June 23 Observer Editorial):
For once I can agree with your editorial staff about the obscene salary increase and expense allowances the county commission voted itself.
Just like most habitual politicians, they’ve become bigger than the game plan requires.
It is time term limits were imposed on all positions for elective office. Some of these people have fed at the public’s expense for too long.
Robert Alston, Charlotte