A lot to dislike with streetcar plans
In response to “Streetcar will likely close for up to 9 months in 2019” (Aug. 23):
The streetcar to nowhere is to be extended by 2.5 miles but the costs may exceed budget by over 30 percent, about $45 million, and the existing streetcars will have to be replaced and the existing platforms will have to be replaced and the existing line will be closed for 6-9 months and CATS will provide free bus service during the outage.
Must be the same planners as the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Dale W. Saville, Charlotte
Remember Obama’s Katrina response?
While campaigning for president in 2007, Mr. Obama took great delight in castigating President George W. Bush for his performance during Hurricane Katrina.
“We can talk about what happened for two days in 2005 and we should. We can talk about levees that couldn’t hold, a FEMA that seemed not just incompetent but paralyzed and powerless, about a president who only saw the people from the window of an airplane instead of down here on the ground.”
Cut to 2016 and President Obama’s response from Martha’s Vineyard on the disaster in Louisiana. The lame duck treads water while Louisiana is under water.
Gary Ludwick, Huntersville
Too late for Trump with black vote
Donald Trump thinks he can garner votes from the African American community at this late date?
He really thinks that black people are stupid. He started out wrong and he is ending wrong.
He failed to address issues relevant to the black community early on and now he thinks he can make an about-face to get votes after the polls show him lagging. He had the audacity to turn down the invitation to speak during the NAACP convention and last week he asked what African Americans had to lose, choosing to ask the question using his loose, disrespectful, disgusting language. It was insulting.
Beverly H. Simmons, Charlotte
What the Democratic agenda has brought
In response to “My advice to GOP: Don’t whine, compete” (Aug. 22 Eric Frazier column):
Democrat agendas became surrogate fathers which destroyed families which predictably led to irresponsible kids which led to crime, single moms, which led to more feel good agendas which led to more kids without fathers, which led to finger pointing politicians and Obama.
The Republican agenda is to instill self-reliance and tough love, which Frazier ignores. Unfortunately, blacks ignore it also and will vote to go down the dead end street again.
Ed Mesko, Charlotte
A better answer than term limits
In response to “Many problems, one solution: term limits” (Aug. 22 Forum):
Tim Johanson suggests that term limits would solve all the problems we have with Congress. That cannot possibly be correct.
We would still have the same gerrymandered districts, electing the same sort of partisan extremists that prevent Congress from doing its job.
Their lack of experience would probably make the body even less effective, and accelerate the growth of unchecked executive power.
Daniel Hoffman, Charlotte
I watched, and enjoyed, the Games
In response to “Here’s why I’m not watching Olympics” (Aug. 21 Forum):
Ted Holland’s dissatisfaction with the Rio summer games venues does not explain Charlotte’s coming in last in viewership. Were the 55 cities ahead of us watching different Olympics?
Never have I witnessed nor enjoyed more the performances of such a concentration of the world’s best-ever athletes: Biles, Bolt, Eaton, Felix, Phelps…
Thank you, Rio.
Pat Hopkins, Charlotte
Employees have some power, too
In response to “Ownership beats a paycheck any day” (Aug. 23 Forum):
Jim Van Meerten says business owners hold all the power. Employees also have power. Social researchers found long ago that employees treat their customers the way their management treats them. So power is not completely in the hands of the owner class. There is a natural interdependence.
No employer adds jobs that can’t be supported by sales growth and strong customer service. Business owners therefore provide pay, training and opportunity and thrive on their interdependence with employees.
Tom E. Bowers, Charlotte