How disheartening to see that President Trump still has support in Congress
The truest thing President Trump ever said was in the 2016 campaign when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and his supporters would still support him.
How sad it is that, after his utter disdain for the democratic process and institutions, there are many people, including members of Congress, who still believe that he deserves to be President of the United States.
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His insistence that the elections should be overturned is tantamount to calling for the death of democracy, and anyone who supports his delusional behavior helps and supports that death.
Gene Kavadlo, Charlotte
On Jay Ambrose "The Problem with Closing Restaurants" (Statement of December 23rd):
Jay Ambrose makes a false dichotomy when he argues that closing restaurants is pointless because most New Yorkers have coronavirus at home. None of these households cultivated the virus in isolation; it was introduced from elsewhere. Limiting contact, other than those we live with, is our best tool in reducing the spread of the virus. Preventing spread within a household is likely impossible.
David Fahey, Charlotte
Many thanks to the scientists
The notion that Donald Trump should be credited with saving Joe Biden's life (23 December Forum) because Biden received a vaccination is absurd.
Last winter, when BioNTech scientists were hard at work researching the latest genetics to make a vaccine, Trump was busy lying to the public and telling us that COVID-19 was just flu, even though he knew otherwise.
And when BioNtech partnered with Pfizer to expedite research and testing, Trump told us that "the coronavirus is very well under control" and that churches would be full again by Easter.
At the time of Operation Warp Speed's official announcement on May 15, private-sector vaccine research had been underway for months.
We should thank the brilliant scientists who performed these medical miracles, not the lying politicians.
Barry Jordan, Charlotte
Sometimes we need to look at the past to make it a reality today.
Joseph Pulitzer wrote: “Our republic and its press will rise or fall together. A capable, disinterested, non-profit press with a trained intelligence, who knows the right and the courage to do so, can preserve this public virtue, without which the people's government is a fraud and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will, in time, produce a people as low as it is. The power to shape the future of the republic will rest in the hands of the journalists of future generations. "
When will all of our national media report the news and stop promoting an agenda? I just want the news and there really is nowhere else I can get it without a political statement from the reporter or the anchor. Where's Walter Cronkite when this country needs him most?
Jim Best, Morganton writer
Same sex wedding
Regarding the wedding location, the hosting of the ceremony of a gay couple refuses ”(December 23):
So much for tolerance. We Christians, who believe that marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman, should tolerate and suck up it when we disagree. But LGBTQ community members and supporters are allowed to beat up and possibly ruin a company that politely refused to do so.
This is no longer my America.
Rita Rasmussen, Denver
Tears of hope
Sometimes tears are our best teacher. They remind us of the depths of human grief, but also of the enormity of the truest joys in life.
As pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, I recently met a man in crisis. He felt loss and pain: physically, mentally, emotionally, economically, and familiarly. I had little to offer but prayer, so we bowed our heads. I prayed that God's love would break into his life as it broke into a broken world in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.
He was crying and so was I. These tears were not tears of lamentation or joy. Instead, they were tears of hope. In them we were reminded that the hope for love, forgiveness, salvation and transformation is always present.
As a difficult and painful year comes to an end, I pray that we will all accept this kind of hope. May we all remember that in the midst of our pain and fear, in the midst of sickness and suffering, in the midst of change and division, it is never too late for love to break in.
Rev. Ian Clark, Charlotte
Fifty-three years ago I was stationed at Phù Cát Air Base in South Vietnam for the first of two Christmases.
The observer published my name and address, as well as those of many other military personnel. That Christmas I received many cards from strangers who took the time to write and wish me all the best.
These cards went a long way towards making amends for my first Christmas away from home. I never thought to thank the observer for his great gesture or all those who sent cards.
So, belatedly, I say “thank you” to everyone who made this Christmas so much better.
Ronald Honeycutt, Mount Gilead
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