A system to verify our votes count
In response to “NC maps ruled unconstitutional gerrymanders, but GOP lawyer wants them used again in 2018” (Jan. 13):
The article by Anne Blythe on redistricting explains how votes might be wasted when voting districts are packed so that one political faction dominates another, creating a so-called “efficiency gap.” I believe that this adds to our concern that our votes do count.
I recommend that voters be given a confirmation code on their ballot, which only they would know. Election results could be published and listed by this code, and a concerned individual could check against the list to validate that their vote was counted. Privacy would be maintained by such a system.
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Alan Davis, Charlotte
Trump’s tax returns are important
In response to “Trump doesn’t owe us tax returns” (Jan. 15 Forum):
In response to Forum writer Thomas Hodge regarding Trump’s refusal to release his tax return, Richard Nixon started the practice of releasing returns. Why? To quote Nixon, “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.”
Margaret Hough, Belmont
GOP’s criticism of Trump is hollow
The condemnation of President Trump’s racist comments on immigration by Republicans means absolutely nothing! Most are insincere and devoid of compassion. Trump made comments like these long before he was elected.
If you voted for Trump despite his egregious behavior, lack of class and qualifications, you’re one of the reasons racism persists in America. After all, you gave the president and every other individual filled with white pride, yearning to “make America great (white) again,” permission to thrive without consequence! Shame on you!
It is not OK for the man who is supposed to represent all Americans to behave this way!
Questioning who we consider ‘immigrants’
In response to “Temporary status means just that” (Jan. 12 Forum):
Many of us in the American Indian community have long possessed the same ideologies as those expressed by Forum writer John Coppedge.
However, said beliefs have largely focused on the arrival of the “pilgrims” on the North American continent in the 15th century.
Blessing or curse that they and their ancestors have remained here? I would suggest that the answer lies in the eyes, minds, spirits, hearts and behaviors of the beholder.
Ray Brayboy, Myrtle Beach
The U.S. can’t offer unlimited help
In response to “Dreamers deserve a path to citizenship” (Jan. 16 Forum):
Tragedy and injustice are universal facts of life. Our populace is largely spared the horrors of hunger, fear, violence, and illness that are experienced by billions around the globe every day. Our attention and compassion are more easily drawn to local situations like the DACA kids, but there is a point at which the incremental cost of compassion outweighs the virtue of exercising it.
Reasonable people can disagree about where that point is, but in the brain versus emotions dynamic, that doesn’t make unfeeling racists out of those whose heads edge out their hearts in the conflict.
Phil Clutts, Harrisburg
We don’t owe DACA recipients anything
In response to “Addressing some DACA misconceptions” (Jan. 11 Forum):
I disagree with Forum writer Pat Loepsinger on DACA. If a man takes his little kid along when he breaks into your house, does that give the kid the right to stay indefinitely while you feed, clothe, and educate him/her? Do you continue to allow visitation rights for the man, and not seek legal action for the original break-in?
Mark Shaw, Charlotte
Fixing Washington won’t be pretty
Washington is a clogged toilet. The “plumber” who is in the process of fixing it is lewd, crude, and rude and as he works there will be many embarrassing glimpses of “plumber’s butt.” But at this point in our country’s history he is exactly what we need.
When he is done we can break out the good china, have a dinner party, and get back to what was normal.
Steve Kardisco, Hickory