In response to “How many college-educated janitors do we need?” (June 26 Opinion):
Parents, wake up to current reality in higher education
Educators will not correct education. Money will not correct education. Education will only be improved when enough parents with higher education degrees discover that they have less marketable skills and all the debt and none of the benefits promised with the degree.
Then, they will begin to question the value of what is being offered in public schools and in higher education.
Maybe then we will eliminate the “University” title to second-rate schools and go back to teaching the three Rs.
In response to “Turning lemons into lemonade at city hall” (June 27 Editorial) and related articles:
Glad Charlotte won’t become another Stockton, Calif.
It has been a long time since the Charlotte City Council last decided that a spending project was neither a good idea nor a prudent use of funds. Bravo!
For Mayor Anthony Foxx to say there could be a bond downgrade if the spending was not passed was shameful.
Just look to Stockton, Calif., and you can see what forced spending on poorly developed ideas and poor management brings to a municipality.
Increase revenue: Fix broken light-rail ticket machines
My wife and I have both attempted at least four times to ride the light-rail system. None of those times would the ticket machine take our money.
You then ride for free since nobody checks for tickets. If they do, you tell them which machine was broken and it’s all good.
A suggestion for Mayor Foxx: Fix the ticket machines so they actually take money.
I’m in the banking business, and I assure you this will create more revenue for CATS and lower per-rider cost.
Then maybe after a few years of decreased losses we could look at another toy train!
Keith W. Hurley
GOP blamed rising gas prices on Obama; now, not a peep
In February, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “This president will go to any lengths to drive up gas prices and pave the way for his ideological agenda.”
In March, Mitt Romney said Obama gets full credit or blame for the price of gasoline.
Well, when can we expect a chorus of praise from Republicans for Obama? They’re strangely quiet on falling gas prices. C’mon Mitch and Mitt, let’s hear it for the Prez.
In response to “Birth control is a choice; don’t make those opposed to it pay” (June 27 Forum):
Offering contraceptive coverage will save employers money
Forum writer Colleen Duffy’s argument that birth control should not be subsidized by others seems reasonable, but is not supported by fact.
Simply put, in the long term women who don’t have babies cost insurance companies less. A 2000 study by the National Business Group on Health estimates that not providing contraceptive coverage in employee health plans winds up costing employers 15 to 17 percent more than providing such coverage.
If 98 percent of Catholic women have used birth control, should the Church really try to use the government to restrict them?
We must push to make sure immigration laws are enforced
The U.S. Supreme Court did its job correctly in ruling that the federal government, not a state government, has responsibility for enforcing immigration laws.
This ruling can have far-reaching consequences since the executive branch apparently has the authority to be selective about which laws to enforce, which to ignore.
Now, it’s up to the citizens to demand the current administration enforce immigration laws. Or, elect a new administration that will enforce them.
Wanted: Politicians who can push America forward now
It’s clear that political candidates are all about themselves, their backers, and lastly the American people.
What happened to candidates running for office because they believed they could make an honest difference in the average citizen’s life?
This country’s moral fabric is falling apart and needs a passionate, free-thinking, stand-your-ground leader to lead us forward to a place where we are proud, strong and together as one nation – for the people and by the people. Not for the conglomerates, personal interest groups or personal agendas.
Hats off to the man who sat in the CMS hot seat for a year
My thanks to Hugh Hattabaugh for his past year of service as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools interim superintendent. He had a seat that could have been pretty explosive, but he never let the fuse get lit.
The district couldn’t have asked more of the man. He set a high standard for his successor.