In response to “Asking immigration status wrongheaded” (Aug. 16 Editorial):
Meck asks my status at rec facility, so why not in schools?
As a Union County resident, I’m asked to show an ID each time I go to Ray’s Splash Planet and I’m charged a higher admission fee because I live outside Mecklenburg County.
So, it is in no way an “imprudent request” for a Mecklenburg commissioner to ask for an accounting of illegal immigrants using the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.
That the Observer doesn’t note this double standard is not surprising to regular readers of this paper.
In response to “Where will Obama stay the night?” (Aug. 16):
Make Obama’s Charlotte stay
a lesson in economic reality
I’d like to suggest a few additional resting spots for President Obama while in Charlotte. Stay with an unemployed family and see what that’s like. Better yet, I’m sure the Secret Service can secure a foreclosed home.
After the soaring rhetoric I’m sure he’ll spin at Bank of America stadium that night, he needs to come back down to earth like the rest of us.
Jeff A. Gregory
In response to Leonard Pitts’ “Under attack by right-wing terrorists” (Aug. 16):
Pitts paints inaccurate picture of modern conservatives
I almost blew coffee out of my nose this morning reading this Leonard Pitts sentence: “Maybe it’s because media have become cowed and self-censoring, reflexively flinching from that which might bring accusations of anti-conservative bias.”
Surely he jests!
He uses a mighty broad and inaccurate brush to paint his depictions of “modern mainstream conservatism.”
I don’t know why Mr. Pitts can’t see that the Southern Poverty Law Center is rather left-leaning and the only plots being hatched in the racist, fetid backwaters are between Mr. Pitts’ ears!
Sydney A. Odell
When you petition US Airways, push them to lower fares too
Perhaps Mayor Anthony Foxx and the other good people concerned about a potential US Airways merger would better serve the area if they petitioned US Airways to be more competitive in their fare structure.
A public conveyance that enjoys a virtual monopoly, such as US Airways, should at least be more competitive and considerate of the paying public, which has little choice in how they fly out of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Instead of putting the screws to the flying public, turn up the screws on US Airways.
In response to “Truth about in-person voter fraud? Almost none exists” (Aug. 15 Editorial reprinted from the Washington Post):
Way I see it, even 1 case of
voter fraud is 1 too many
So you need a photo ID to drive a car, board a plane, take certain state-mandated exams, apply for government benefits, and purchase a handgun – the last item being, like voting, a constitutional right.
But somehow it’s oppressive to require it to vote?
As to the frequency of voter fraud, who wants to bet that if even one voter were disenfranchised you’d claim it was one too many?
Kris A. Wampler
Data they’re pushing doesn’t sway me on need for voter ID
I loved those old commercials that sold special hammers to break your car window if you were trapped underwater. It was unlikely to happen, but the awful specter of being trapped as you slowly drowned was enough to sell quite a few. I didn’t buy it.
Now we’re being sold voter ID to combat voter fraud: The awful specter of the unwashed, uneducated masses swarming to the polls to sway an election. Data suggest the risk is about the same as drowning in my car.
I’m not buying voter ID either.
In response to “CMS readies teachers for influx of iPads” (Aug. 13) and related articles:
iPads are great, but teachers must be crucial part of plan
Years after I dropped out of high school, I finally got the courage, skilled teachers and access to technology I needed to succeed.
It made all the difference in the world. I learned how to learn, how to study, take notes, take tests and master challenging, cumulative subjects.
I sincerely hope the new CMS technology plan has reliable measures to evaluate students’ proficiency gains in math, language arts and their overall GPAs. But it must also ensure there are encouraging teachers ready to assist at-risk students needing extra help!
Christy Beth Kluesner
Campaign signs a form of free speech; don’t mess with them
Yard signs for political candidates have never swayed my vote. However, when I am aware of vandalized or stolen signs it strengthens my resolve to vote for the candidate whose sign was not allowed its free speech.
This sick practice is rampant in Charlotte.