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Charlotte lawyer: damages are caused by partisan judges


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A 2016 law in North Carolina requires judicial candidates’ political affiliation to be listed on the ballot.


Partisan jurists

The politicization of the judicial system – judges and judicial staff – only weakens the judicial system. This causes the public to have less trust and less respect for judges who make decisions that affect their lives. Some Republican litigants and attorneys will believe that Republican judges will be biased in their favor in a closed case. Vice versa for litigants and Democratic lawyers. It is inappropriate and, for this retired lawyer who grew up in another era, it is a great disappointment.

Pender McElroy, Charlotte

Atrium expansion

Regarding “Atrium Health’s agreement to double the size of the hospital system” (May 12):

Atrium Health is big enough! Competition is needed in everything to control prices and give people choice. If Atrium owns everything around, they set their own prices and health care becomes more expensive.

The government let Walmart get too big and closed similar stores except Target. Walmart was allowed to get too big. We do not need a mega-hospital system.

There are still health care options, but they are quickly bought up. This deal needs to be blocked to make it fair to other small businesses.

Phillip Sipe, Hickory

Cheri Beasley

In a TV ad, Cheri Beasley, a Democratic candidate for the US Senate, says both parties in Washington are doing their job poorly.

I do not agree. Democratic presidents have not filled the far-right Supreme Court. Congressional Democrats have not undermined democracy by refusing to certify free and fair elections, nor have they imposed a deficit fueling tax cut that mainly benefits the very wealthy.

At first glance, a middle course between the two parties might seem like the surest route to electoral victory. That strategy didn’t work for late U.S. Senator Kay Hagan during her 2014 re-election campaign, and it’s unlikely to work for Beasley come November.

Ven Carver, Raleigh

Cut Cawthorn Slack

Regarding the May 12 editorial cartoon by Kevin Siers… It seems like every other day there is something with a negative connotation about Madison Cawthorn. Can he ever do anything right? If so, I haven’t noticed anyone mentioning the fact. Let’s face it, we’ve all failed in our lives. Let’s give him a break and a chance to prove himself.

Gerald C. Gibson, Lincolnton

always vote

We get the government we authorize. Government is not an unknown entity – it is the people we elect to represent us, from local school board members, county commissioners, mayors, judges, state legislators, governors to those we we send to DC Don’t fall into the cynical trap that says your vote doesn’t matter. If that’s true, why are many state legislatures passing laws to make it harder to vote? They understand the power of the ballot.

We have a say in who represents us. I urge everyone to vote in all elections, not just presidential elections. Learn about the candidates and vote for those who best represent the type of government you want. Don’t let others decide for you.

Diane Mason, Matthews

Wall Street Owners

The Observer and Raleigh News & Observer series on the rise of Wall Street landlords overlooked one aspect of the phenomenon. Homeowners associations in neighborhoods like mine have a zero-tolerance policy for almost everything – and rightly so. My neighbors and I obeyed for decades. But the HOA can’t force tenants to comply, only landlords. Thus, the weeds grow knee-deep and the overflowing garbage cans remain on the boulevards for weeks while the “process” takes place with the owners absent.

David FeeCharlotte

Roe vs. Wade

The case before the Supreme Court is a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. If upheld, the court’s decision does not prohibit abortion. He puts it where it belongs: with voters in every state.

Some liberal academics who support abortion rights have criticized Roe as “barely coherent”, a “heap of bad reasoning and…judicial excesses”. Even Ruth Bader Ginsberg once called Roe a “brutal judicial intervention,” during a 1984 speech at UNC before she was on court.

Overturning Roe would simply correct what some constitutional scholars view as judicial excess and return the debate and decision on abortion rights to individual states.

Tom Spencer, Waxhaw

Supreme Court

Senator Elizabeth Warren and others want to pass legislation to legislate ethics rules for the US Supreme Court. While that might be a good idea, it probably won’t pass constitutional scrutiny. The Supreme Court is an independent branch of government. It is a separate and equal branch of government. If rules of ethics are adopted, constitutionally, they must come from the court itself.

Bob BurroughsCharlotte

Tax error

After reading “A Tax Mistake Takes Everything” (May 8), I felt like screaming. I think Charlotte developer Jake Belk and his wife should be ashamed of themselves. Relevant tax and judicial systems should be reviewed and corrective measures taken. And, Barbara Ryan should get an apology and restitution.

Marcie RollinsCharlotte


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