In response to Fannie Flonos Black boys are dying young and needlessly (Aug. 17 Opinion):
Parents must play a role,
cant leave it all up to society
There is unfortunately a lot of truth in Fannie Flonos column. But there is one fact missing. Where do the responsibilities of the parents come into play?
Damien Wrights grandmother is also a victim in this. Where are his parents? These boys should not have been out at 1 a.m.
We dont know the entire story here and what is or isnt true, except that these boys should have been at home.
We can blame society all we want, but its up to the parents to raise their child, not you and me.
Its not about guns, its time
to adjust moral compass
Fannie Flono points to the wrong causes for black youth killing. Its not a public health or gun problem. Its the lack of a moral compass and the broken family unit.
Example: Jackson Park Ministries succeeds because it works with families who commit themselves to change and to God.
When the guns are gone will we ban knives? We do not need to invent another government program or study. We need to put God back into our lives, our families and our country.
Ann Marie Lloyd
In response to Count of immigrant students rejected (Aug. 15) and related articles:
First time for everything for once I agree with Bill James
For the first time, I found myself agreeing with Bill James.
He did the right thing by asking what costs are incurred by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for educating illegal immigrants.
We should know where and how our tax dollars are spent. Its easier to put sensible immigration policies in place if we know what current expenditures are.
This is a good start.
In response to Weak grades dispirit schools (Aug. 16):
Cant expect teachers to solve issues the public wont address
Teachers get blamed for the poor performance of the students, yet they have no control over how many of the kids fail to show up for school on a regular basis. They have no control over how many illegal immigrants are put in the schools who cannot speak English.
These issues are not the teachers fault. These are serious problems no one wants to discuss because of political correctness.
Until these issues are solved, there is no chance overall scores can go up.
In response to Challenged schools struggle (Aug. 15):
CMS must cut red tape, take advantage of outside help
As a lifelong educator and concerned Charlottean, I recommend two ways school performance can be improved.
Every parent who can and cares to do so should volunteer to help as a teachers aid or in the daily operation of the school of their choice.
Schools can also take advantage of people like me, an expert in SAT/ACT preparation, or my friend, Ellen Martin, an expert in the college admission process. We have offered our services to help the high schools, without expectation of remuneration.
There are many in our community who have much to offer. The burden should be shared if the school system can cut through the red tape.
Dr. J.L. Kasparek
I want to hear GOP plan, not barrage of negative ads
Where are the positive ideas in the Republican platform?
Beyond cutting Medicare and Medicaid benefits for working Americans and taxes for the wealthiest, the GOP has offered little in the way of constructive proposals.
Instead, weve been subjected to a corporate sponsored bombardment of falsehoods and lies.
The GOP and its presidential candidate seem to believe that American voters will be swayed by the barrage of well-funded negative ads.
Michael A. Clark
Paul Ryan, his budget plan an excellent choice for GOP ticket
Paul Ryan is a great choice for vice president. He understands we cant spend more than we take in.
The politicians can tax the rich 100 percent and it still wont fix the spending problem. Government has done nothing for my business but get in the way with taxes, regulations and an arrogant attitude that they can run my business better than I.
I have enough horse sense to know I cant make chicken salad without any chicken.
I expected more of Davidson students, the colleges leaders
Has the student-based Davidson College Union Board forgotten that the free speech we all enjoy applies to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy just as it does to the Union Board?
If I had a Davidson student, Id expect a lot more in the way of maturity and leadership, not only from the student-led board but from the leaders of the school.
Making political statements is one thing anyone can do that. But the implication here, that Davidson College has lowered its standards to include food service of any particular brand as a statement, is a great disappointment.
New London, N.C.