In response to For the Record “UNC Chapel Hill still needs a leader like Holden Thorp” (Sept. 21 Opinion):
Colleges paying the price for media attention they crave
Not Holden Thorp, or anyone, can be an effective leader as long as “the tail is wagging the dog.”
Sports, especially football and basketball, are running the show! Powerful corporate and private sports contributors – not to mention television, especially ESPN – are calling the shots and controlling the agenda.
Alums not only allow this but encourage it – e.g. Can any public exposure be better than appearing on Saturday’s football Gameday telecast?
So capable leaders get compromised and careers end prematurely.
Richard H. Lindsey
‘Liberal media’ blind to realities of the Obama administration
The Mike Luckovich political cartoon that ran Friday on the Viewpoint page missed a good opportunity to show a complete picture of the media.
The first panel showed a Fox News camera focusing on something little and blowing it out of proportion.
The second panel should have shown the liberal media looking through binoculars from the wrong end at the Obama presidency and seeing very little, if anything.
Bottom line: More people getting benefits under Obama
Gov. Mitt Romney may have been off by a few percentage points, but the point is a large percentage of voters will vote for President Obama because they are concerned about losing their government benefits.
Government benefits are exploding with new recipients – whether it’s food stamps, Social Security benefits for dependent children, workers comp, disability benefits, and, yes, even veterans benefits applied for by service members who served very little time in the military and were never closer than 10,000 miles to combat.
They’ve all had tremendous growth under this president.
It is obvious that the Obama administration wants to sign up everyone it can for whatever benefit they want. He has stated his goal is redistribution.
He and his party must be stopped.
Based on our tax structure, millionaires get biggest breaks
When I see people like Mitt Romney making $20 million a year and paying 14 percent tax, I know who the free-loaders are.
He and other high income people should pay the same rate as people making $100,000 a year, plus some more because they use more of our taxpayer services, such as courts, roads, airports, etc. than those making less.
And to make it even more unfair, these people making millions a year on investments do not pay a dime of Social Security or Medicare tax like regular employees do.
Ronald C. Williams
are turning against the poor
The writer is a professor emeritus in Meredith College’s Department of Religion and Philosophy.
If one loves God, one loves what God loves.
Protestants, Catholics, Jews, conservatives and liberals all agree that the Bible bears witness to God’s love for the poor, the downtrodden, the despised, the powerless.
“Bible-believing” Christians, however, have declared their support for political candidates who embrace and intend to govern according to the philosophy of Ayn Rand. She and they consider the 48 million Americans living in poverty to be parasites, deadbeats, free-loaders, the scum of the earth.
It would seem that those who claim to follow “the plain teaching of scripture” actually believe that God, Amos and the prophets, and Jesus got it all wrong about the poor.
Bernard H. Cochran
In response to Joe Nocera “How to fix our public schools” (Sept. 19 Viewpoint):
Top-down doesn’t work; up to community to improve schools
Historically, the responsibility of school improvement is on the community; not the top-down approach advocated by Op-Ed columnist Joe Nocera.
What a community does is more important than what is claimed.
I recall that several years ago a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools high school cut 36 teachers within a month of opening a $750,000 artificial turf practice field.
That action does not give credence to the claim that academic achievement is the first priority of CMS.
In response to “Giant letdown” (Sept. 21):
It’s Cam, teammates who should hang heads in shame
Cam Newton said in his post-game comments “If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers I’d be holding my head down in shame at the product that was out there.”
Hey Cam, the fans didn’t fumble, not one time, nor did they throw three interceptions or play like they didn’t care.
Also, cut out the childish “Superman Stunt” when you’re getting your butt handed to you! Get the Gatorade towel off of your head and grow up.
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