Letters to the Editor

Whites don’t need to ‘own’ racial injustice


Own racial injustice? Lose the guilt

In response to “We white people must own our role in racial injustice” (Aug. 14 Chris McLeod column):

I don’t know where the overwhelming guilt Ms. McLeod feels comes from, but I suspect it is more from liberal media propaganda versus any personal experience. Focusing upon sins of the past can denigrate progress and future opportunity. The facts are there are more opportunities for minorities than ever before. Dredging up the past none of us was a part of, while selectively focusing upon unjust acts by a few, is just divisive and dangerous. Lose the guilt and just treat others as you would like to be treated.

David G. Stout Jr., Davidson

Believe scientists or politicians? We know

We have a choice of whom to believe on coal ash: scientists trained in observation and reporting, or politicians.

First, people living near coal ash ponds were told their water wasn’t safe to drink; then they were told that it was. When N.C. toxicologist Ken Rudo testified that this reversal was a mistake, and his boss, Dr. Megan Davies, resigned in protest of the state’s handling of the issue, I know whom I believe – and it’s not the politicians.

While there is ongoing conflict at the state about whether well water near coal ash ponds is safe to drink, those who live nearby aren’t conflicted at all.

Peter Noris, Charlotte

Trump digs coal, but it’s polluting skies

Donald Trump said that as president he would restore coal mining. Coal usage is seriously polluting our skies. Both state and national governments have a responsibility to provide retraining for coal miners who need and deserve this. But clearing up our environment will take a lot longer than retraining miners. I fear for my grandchildren and their children because if mining continues as it is, their skies, like China’s, will be dark, and breathing the air unhealthy.

Shannon Mitchell, Charlotte

HB2 isn’t just a bathroom bill

In response to “Swarm expected to protest HB2” (Aug. 15):

I’m glad to see the Observer has started framing HB2 properly by describing the bill as a nullification of “all municipal nondiscrimination ordinances in the state” as opposed to its usual characterization as a bill denying transgender people access to bathrooms of their identity. While that is an extraordinarily illogical, unnecessary, and mean-spirited part of the bill, it doesn’t capture its total egregiousness.

Heather Stancil, Belmont

Baltimore allegations are ghastly – if true

In response to “More evidence of our police problem” (Aug. 14 Eric Frazier column):

After reading this article my first thought was, “how horrible!” My almost simultaneous thought was, “if true.” After all, it did come from the Obama administration Justice Department whose track record is fairly dismal. Think: Eric Holder, “Fast and Furious,” gun running to Mexican drug gangs, voter intimidation but no charges, etc.

It’s sad that any American has to question the validity of an investigative report from their own government. Or is it healthy?

Harry McPherson, Statesville

Atheist Voswinkel was fearless

Patricia J. Voswinkel died last week. As one of her attorneys, I knew her as a dedicated and fearless atheist who tirelessly pursued the rights of non-believers to receive the full protection of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. For example, she successfully challenged the Charlotte City Council’s decision to allow a church to nominate and partially pay for a police chaplain and insisted local atheists be given the same rights as others to maintain a booth at Festival In the Park. It was an honor to represent her; we need others to mirror her courage and dedication.

Jonathan Wallas, Charlotte

Thank you for telling Kaleb Lyda’s story

In response to “A transgender student’s ‘courageous’ journey to identity” (Aug. 14 Insight):

Thanks so much for Karen Garloch’s story on transgender student Kaleb Lyda. His courageous journey is an inspiration for teachers and students as we begin another school year. I hope that our legislators and governor are also inspired, as well as chagrined to read how HB2 could shut down a real hero like Kaleb. I’m proud that N.C. public educators and administrators show true wisdom on transgender issues.

Justine Busto, Charlotte