In response to CMS might be losing spirit, (Sept. 9) and related articles:
Key to boosting CMS spirit: Double teacher salaries
Might I suggest two ways Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools can regain their spirit and thereby better serve our children:
1. Double teachers salaries. The question isnt can we afford to, its can we afford not to.
2. In every school, the students, teachers and parents know which are the good and bad teachers. It wouldnt be difficult to devise a system using those stakeholders to accurately and fairly determine which teachers need to stay and which need to find other employment.
Every child deserves an excellent teacher. By paying teachers a salary on which they can live and raise a family, we can attract and retain excellent teachers to replace the non-excellent.
Teachers beat down by low pay, extra duties, useless meetings
Im the mother of a middle school teacher, and I know how bad the morale is in our schools.
We have teachers with 10-plus years experience not making enough money to cover their mortgage, constantly having useless meetings after school with their principals, being asked to do extra duty besides classroom teaching, and never getting the praise they deserve.
Spare me the retorts from those wholl say teachers dont deserve more respect or pay. Yes, there are some who dont, but a majority work their tails off in school and after school.
Congress showed up in D.C., now they must get to work
A television journalist reported on a Sept. 10 nightly news program that Congress had come back to work.
What a ridiculous piece of misinformation!
Congress returned to Washington Sept. 10, but they did not return to work. Congress is so deadlocked that theyve not done any work in a year or more!
I say to our congressmen and women what my departed dad said to me: Get off your duffs, and get back to work!
Richard H. Lindsey Jr.
In response to Lane Filler Two parties, not quite two planets. But nearly so (Sept. 11 Viewpoint):
Fix for economy lies in shades of gray, not black and white
Our basic problem is that the slowed economy makes it impossible to find easy solutions.
In fact, scarce money, jobs and ideas have created a situation that none of us knows how to deal with. Stark reality tells us: We cannot afford to do all wed like. Our government shares this soldiers dilemma whatever it does is wrong.
We have to make decisions based not on blacks and whites, but on varying shades of gray.
Voters need to see past Clinton to Obamas extremism
I want to remind all those who have been enamored by Bill Clintons rabble-rousing at the convention that he is not the one running for president.
So when you go to cast that vote, please remember you are voting for Barack Obama, not Clinton. He painted a pretty picture and sure got the base built up, but hes not the candidate. So be careful to remember the extremism that is President Obama when you vote.
Clinton is simply setting his wife up for 2016.
Dont want more boots on the ground, wont vote for Romney
Being from Kansas, I was born and raised a Republican. When members of my family ask how I could possibly have voted for Barack Obama, the answer is clear. If John McCain had been elected president, we would no doubt have boots on the ground in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iran.
Mitt Romney wants to restore the military spending cuts and seems to be rattling the saber against Iran.
It is my fear that Mr. Romney will reinstate the military and economic policies that failed so miserably under George W. Bush.
In response to Obama has accomplished at least one thing so far (Sept. 11 Forum):
Who exactly was that hatred aimed at besides president?
Forum writer Bud Hirschs ugly, cynical letter Tuesday not only denigrates our president and the woman to whom he refers, but fails to let us know who she is.
Is it Hillary or is it Michelle? It also leaves no clue as to what might have prompted the letter in the first place. Was it racism, was it sour grapes, or was it just plain old nasty misogyny?
In response to Hooters freshens its décor, menu to catch womens eyes (Sept. 11):
To attract the women I know, Hooters will need to do more
I am extremely doubtful that more salads and natural light will be enough to bring female customers into Hooters. Based on the women I know, I suggest they start by greeting female patrons at the door with an outsized margarita, then follow through with tableside foot rubs and HGTV on every other flat-screen.
D. Paul Hicks
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