Another black man dead; make it stop
In response to “Man fatally shot by police in Minnesota” (July 7) and related articles:
I am so overwhelmed with emotion I can’t stop crying. I am scared, angry and confused!
I’m tired of seeing lifeless murdered black bodies who could easily be my brother, father, or maybe even me.
If the amount of melanin in my skin makes you scared to approach my car without a firearm in your hand, quit!
Maybe not in this lifetime, but their lives will be vindicated. I will not live a lifetime of fear, but right now my heart is heavy.
Porsche Gaines, Charlotte
Prison investigations in N.C. are pure folly
In response to “Inmates describe assaults by officers” (July 5):
Self-investigations by the N.C. prison system of serious human rights abuses are pure folly.
N.C. prisons spokesman Keith Acree has offered a litany of feeble justifications for the increasingly common complaints about prison guard administered beatings.
One N.C. inmate was left paralyzed and suffered severe brain damage in 2008 after he said he was severely beaten by guards. He later died.
I believe North Carolina can do better than that.
Gay S. Jordan, Charlotte
The Clintons don’t deserve our respect
I find it hard to believe that the Clintons are still at center stage.
He was caught having a sexual relationship with an intern in our White House, impeached by the U.S. House, and his wife acted as a front for him.
Now, both make millions for speeches and he is currently trying to help her become president.
Even our FBI director has pointed out the various falsehoods concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails.
This couple obviously has no shame and certainly shouldn’t have our respect.
Don Collins, Charlotte
Clinton has strong faith foundation
In response to “Trump needs evangelicals” (July 3):
Pastor Mark Harris said he’d “love to elect a president ... who was not only a solid leader but one whose positions were birthed out of a strong spiritual foundation ...”
With that goal, Hillary Clinton, a lifelong United Methodist, not Donald Trump, deserves a second look.
Politically, United Methodists include conservatives, liberals and moderates. As Christians, we are required to “do justice; love kindness; and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
We are also called to show Jesus’ all-encompassing love through action.
While all sin and need forgiveness, Mrs. Clinton has worked throughout her life to provide justice and opportunity for God’s children everywhere. Not a bad start!
Louise Woods, Charlotte
My Pro-Life stance means no exceptions
In response to For the Record “Pro-Life Americans aren’t going away” (July 6 Opinion):
Let’s not mince words.
Op-ed writer David Hains says “We are Pro-Life Americans,” when in reality the majority of you are Pro-Choice since most all allow for exceptions like rape, incest, life of the mother.
So, there is your “choice.”
The only true Pro-Lifers allow for absolutely no exceptions – none.
Terry Robertson, Charlotte
Family planning is a personal decision
I respect Pro-Lifers, but whether to carry a child to term should be a personal decision.
We are called Pro-Choice because it’s none of your business how we plan our families.
Linda J. Brooks, Charlotte
Require gun owners to have insurance
By definition, a single-payer health care system would be more efficient and cheaper than the confusing mishmash of private, corporate and government coverage we have now.
Sure, the insurance companies would squawk. But that could be mitigated by legislating that gun owners buy insurance for their weapons, just as car owners are required to insure their autos.
With a financial responsibility component to gun ownership the insurance industry, gun lobby and free enterprise system will find ways to manage gun control.
As with most things in America, money is the stone that can kill two birds at the same time.
Tom Wiberg, Statesville