What’s wrong with being a populist?
President Obama frequently states that Donald Trump is a populist in such a manner as to suggest this is a bad thing.
Populism: A political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the elite.
Sounds to me like this is a great political position at this point when millions of Americans are struggling to get rid of the establishment.
If Trump is a populist, seems to me that is what most of us want.
I can’t understand why President Obama continues to portray populism as a terrible thing. But I do understand why the Democrats don’t want a populist president.
Brenda Bradshaw, Iron Station
Give me more of the last 8 years
In response to “Don’t dump trump as GOP nominee” (July 5 Forum):
I’ll gladly take eight more years of what we’ve had: 72 months of increased hiring, no new wars, 30 million more Americans with health care, equal pay for women, Wall Street regulations, thriving auto industry and many more too long to list.
All this with Republican opposition to all of President Obama’s proposals.
Roy Courtney, Denver, N.C.
In response to “Let’s (really) make America great again” (July 4 Our View):
Pursuit of happiness not enough for some
“Our View’s” attempt at a one day truce between a culturally and politically divided nation just had to get a last minute dig in against Donald Trump; just couldn’t resist it.
The problem with the truce is we are no longer a nation divided on paths to unified goals. The pursuit of happiness and equal rights for all of us is no longer good enough for the liberal sect; they are now demanding equal outcome for everyone (except, of course, the ruling class).
Social injustice, income inequality, $15/hr minimum wage; all strategies to create their imaginary Utopia where we are all the same; eking by. Our “melting pot” has turned into a cauldron of “toxic stew.”
Dickie Benzie, Charlotte
The answer to gun violence is simple
The answer to gun violence and really all crime is police presence.
Triple the police force; that will help unemployment and the economy.
Then, make it against the law to carry a gun in public. The minimum sentence: three years.
Within about six months, there will be fewer guns on the street. I rather put my trust in police officers and my God, not cowboys who think they are wearing a white hat.
Buddy Lemmons, Charlotte
We’re giving ISIS what it wants
ISIS couldn’t ask for better publicity. TV news acts as though there is nothing else going on in our country!
Why can’t they leave this repetitive intense continual coverage and exploration into these events to their investigative reporters and publicize other news happening in America right now?
Help us defeat ISIS by not giving them all that continual press! That’s exactly what they want – and we want other news!
Anna-Louise Wiley, Charlotte
Expand Medicaid so I can get back to work
I am a 55-year-old woman who worked up until I came out on disability in 2000. Sometimes I worked two or three jobs, but they either did not offer dental insurance or it was too expensive. Now I need dental services that Medicaid will not provide.
My plan is to return to work soon. As an older individual, the odds are stacked against me already so a professional appearance is necessary.
Legislators, please consider Medicaid expansion.
Lynette Staplefoote, Winston-Salem
A step forward gets tripped up again
In response to “White House praises Charlotte for being friendly to immigrants” (June 30):
It’s difficult being a progressive city in a proudly-backward state.
Charlotte again wins national praise and state condemnation for the same policies. Thursday’s Observer: “Charlotte’s immigrant friendly policies were singled out for praise this week by the White House, even as the North Carolina General Assembly looks for ways to punish the city for initiatives perceived as supporting undocumented immigrants.”
The city builds a world-class international airport, the state tries to wrest control of it. The city adopts landmark LGBT-friendly policies, the state passes widely condemned regressive anti-LGBT legislation. Now this.
Welcome to Berkeley, Miss.
Doug Robarchek, Charlotte