Letters to the Editor

On HB2, stop insulting my ancestors and embarrassing my state

Alan Hoyle
Alan Hoyle

Stop embarrassing my state with HB2

The writer is a retired CMS history teacher.

Transgender issues are nothing new in the Old North State.

Our ancestors were well aware of Civil War soldiers who were later discovered to be female. They chose to overlook the matter, believing it to be personal in nature and not requiring government action.

Now politicians are implying that, because they did not mandate water closet codes and outhouse edicts, our forefathers clearly lacked the “common sense” so abundant in Raleigh today.

Stop insulting my ancestors, and while you’re at it, stop embarrassing my state!

Alan J. Hoyle, Denver, N.C.

Aim of McCrory, GOP legislators is clear

Our governor and his state legislature seem to be getting caught with both hands in the cookie jar.

First, discriminating against voters, making it harder, not easier, for our citizens to vote. Then, passing HB2 in the middle of the night, embarrassing all who live here.

These are serious issues. Both demonstrate intent, and I hope voters provide the verdict in November so we can again be proud of our state.

Daryl Solomonson, Troutman

Cheap energy isn’t highest priority for all

In response to “North Carolina must freeze energy mandates” (Aug. 5 Opinion):

Maybe North Carolinians have other priorities than the cheapest electricity possible.

Maybe we value a better quality of life. Maybe we want to be weaned off coal-fired power plants that wreak havoc on our drinking water supplies.

Maybe we want to stay away from fracking. Maybe we believe in supporting innovation. Maybe we think power companies should focus on rewarding low energy consumption.

As a citizen, I expect our elected officials to show political will for not only cheap electricity, but also for a more sustainable and comprehensive energy landscape.

Karin Lukas-Cox, Charlotte

Think twice about Civitas energy study

The authors of this article base their argument on a study completed by the Civitas Institute.

I suggest two points be taken into account when considering their opinion. First, the study does not appear to have been published in a peer reviewed journal, so its validity is in question.

Second, the Civitas Institute’s mission, according to its website, is “to facilitate the implementation of conservative policy solutions.”

It is unfortunate that conservative policy ignores both academic standards and environmental conservation.

Robie Collins, Charlotte

I’ll pick Johnson over Clinton or Trump

In response to “For America’s sake, Donald, drop out now” (Aug. 4 Observer Editorial):

I have to agree with Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. However, Hillary Clinton is not the answer.

As a long-time supporter of the GOP, I am now in favor of supporting Gary Johnson, the candidate for the Libertarian Party.

He is vying for everyone’s support so that he can be allowed to enter the upcoming debates.

Johnson can bring an honest, refreshing track record to the table. He has extremely suitable credentials for being the next president, with no skeletons in his closet.

Sharon Bury, Matthews

Can’t even think of voting for Clinton

Donald Trump needs to work on his communication skills. That’s disappointing considering his current position.

But what’s really disturbing is the bad judgment and subsequent lying of Hillary Clinton related to Bill’s affairs, Benghazi, the email server, and Clinton Foundation influence peddling.

I don’t want to vote for Trump. I can’t vote for Clinton.

Erik Wagner, Charlotte

Put blame where it belongs at UNC

In response to “UNC’s strongest response to NCAA” (Aug. 4):

The problems at UNC Chapel Hill are not primarily an athletic problem. They are academic problems!

Athletes at Chapel Hill go to classes provided by the academic institution. Neither the UNC Athletic Department nor the NCAA have the competence to judge the academic value of any given course.

The real tragedy is that the University’s approval of the no-show, no-work classes let down all of us.

They were supposed to be better than that.

Put the blame where it belongs, in the Chancellor’s office.

Francis Green, Albemarle