Yes, get more cars off the roads
Regarding “NC DOT needs to look at other ways people travel,” (May 21 Opinion)
Kym Hunter is correct, we have better options for our transportation dollars than building more roads. Cities around the country are closing neighborhood streets to cars as more people have discovered the ease of biking and walking for transportation and exercise.
As a former Charlotte mayor, I recall the fight over the transit tax before our line opened. We compared the cost of building one mile of Blue Line ($46 million) to the cost of adding one mile to Independence ($150 million).
A 3-car light-rail train carries more people in an hour than a congested lane of traffic during rush hour. One more added benefit? Taking cars off the road reduces the emissions that exacerbate climate change.
Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte
Don’t eliminate sports, cut elsewhere
There has been nothing more outlandish than the two recent articles about universities dropping certain sports. East Carolina is discontinuing swimming and tennis. Furman is terminating baseball and men’s lacrosse. Both cited current economic realities.
College administrators need to cut exorbitant spending for outrageous sports complexes, not eliminate programs.
If you’re slicing the athletic budget, cut staffing expenses. Why do coaches need to make exorbitant salaries off of John Q Public’s tax dollars, directly or indirectly? If they want huge salaries, tell them to go to work in the private sector. And since when do athletes need costly tutoring? If they cannot make it in the classroom while playing sports, they have no business being in college.
A school’s prime objective should be focused on keeping tuition affordable. Generous alumni also need to be donating toward student at-large scholarships and preventing student loan debt.
Richard Bober, Southport
Not all immigrants are law breakers
Regarding “ Detainees created situation they’re in,” (May 22 Forum):
Keep in mind that not all immigrants at our border are breaking our laws. The majority are seeking asylum from horrific conditions in their own country. Most loving parents would seek to do the same for their children, and it is not illegal.
Returning children (often without their parents) to filthy tent camps with no safeguards under Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy is the real crime, and it should grieve us all.
Beverly Rakow, Rock Hill
NC orders impacted mental health
Regarding “Trust experts to explain virus stats” (May 21 Editorial):
I agree that data is being manipulated to fit a certain narrative. But the concern no one seems to be addressing is the rise in mental health issues, including suicides. The stark reality is that depression, alcoholism, drug use, domestic abuse and calls to suicide hotlines are rising because of the strain stay-at-home orders have caused.
Uncertainty breeds fear and some people are unable to cope with being at home all day every day with limited funds to live on.
Opening up too soon would have been a health risk, but opening up any later than now would have caused further economic as well as health problems. Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Trigg Cherry, Charlotte
Now more than ever, expand Medicaid
As North Carolina begins to reopen and embark upon this “new normal,“ expanding Medicaid must be included in the plan.
I have witnessed how health care access, or the lack of it, affects communities. North Carolina has approximately 500,000 people who would benefit from expanded access to Medicaid — and many more people will need health coverage as economic impacts from this pandemic grow. Most health coverage is linked to employment, and with the recent spike in job losses Medicaid expansion would provide a safety net allowing more people to access health care. Sadly, many of our essential workers lack coverage.
Our hospitals will also be strengthened if more N.C. residents have coverage during this national emergency and beyond. Expanding Medicaid in N.C. is a vital need!
Erick T. Jamison, Charlotte
Saturdays at ‘The Manor,’ good times
Sorry the Manor Theater is closing. In the late 1940s mom would give us a quarter to see the “Kiddie Shows” on Saturday mornings — ticket 9¢, Goobers 5¢, Coke 5¢. The change went in the church offering plate next morning.
Lash LaRue, Lone Ranger, Zorro or Tom Mix gave us plenty of ambushes, chases on horseback, gunfire and showdowns.
The last movie I saw there, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” is on my list of Top 10. I thank the operators of “The Manor” for their excellent film choices, and for the “good ol’ days.”
Zach Thomas, Charlotte