In response to “Academic support records: UNC players needed help” (Oct. 1) and other articles:
Treatment of student-athletes defrauded many at UNC
Advanced education is a privilege, not a right; one that requires significant investment. Not only did these student-athletes receive fraudulent educations, those who donated hard-earned financial support, or financed the education experience in any way, were defrauded in their significant investment in the future.
Every student (scholarship or otherwise), faculty member who teaches them, and administrator or staff member who supports them, should ask themselves the question – every day, “Am I working hard enough, and in an ethical manner, to justify the $(fill in the blank) investment?” Sadly, in this situation at UNC, the answer was “no.”
UNC scandal affirms need to invest in minority education
The embarrassing and tragic recent academic exposures at UNC are witness to past mistakes in education funding, leaving us with too many undereducated minority students.
The answer is not to put them on the sports field and enroll them in gut courses so they are eligible to play, but to invest more in the best remedy for past shortcomings by funding better education for them.
Richard A. Dickey
Cartoon misses the point of Obama’s words on slander
The Glenn McCoy cartoon in the Sept. 29 Observer was beyond the bounds of reasonable satire. McCoy depicts President Obama “swiping” the speech of Iran’s leader at the United Nations, while other caricatured “Muslim terrorists” look on approvingly.
Here is a more complete quote from Obama’s speech: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.”
Does McCoy really believe we must answer intolerance with returned intolerance and hatred?
In response to “Streetcar plan again dominates budget talks” (Sept. 28):
Taxpayers need to see details on mayor’s capital plan
If Mayor Foxx really wants his capital plan passed, I’d urge him to focus more on building consensus. I suggest he abandon the divisive rhetoric about taxing the more affluent areas to benefit the less developed ones.
Instead, I urge him to put together a detailed list of projects, with some level of cost-benefit analysis for each, and open it up to public debate. Show the taxpayers where he plans to spend their money and explain the benefits of each project.
In response to “Race, a cartoon and a missed conversation” (Sept 29):
Want to have a “conversation”? Start by educating yourself
Begin the “missed conversation.” Take two hours and visit AMERICA I AM, 500 years of African American History and contributions at the Gantt Center. The conversation can begin! I visited today with my daughter, we both came away enlightened.
Janice Valder Offerman
In response to “Hospitals probed on use of drug discounts” (Sept. 30):
Hospitals showing more greed with charges for chemotherapy
It’s time someone probes the big N.C. hospitals even if they are non-profit. It is not non-profit to buy up the practices of oncologists and mark up the chemo treatment 10 times over the cost. I would call this “greed” rather than non-profit.
Hospitals should not be privileged to obtain substantial drug discounts under a federal program and turn around and charge cancer patients exorbitant amounts. People who have private insurance plans can hardly afford the premiums because the cost keeps increasing.
Barbara Bell Kerr
In response to “Are we doing enough about coal ash?” (Sept. 24 Viewpoint):
How can we meet energy needs without polluting waterways?
In Duke Energy’s perspective on coal ash, Mr. Griggs is right – our ground water and surface water are being monitored. And for toxic heavy metals that are naturally present in coal ash, ones he decided not to mention. For example, testing reveals that the discharge from the Riverbend plant that flows into Mountain Island Lake contains arsenic. Arsenic is highly dangerous to humans, fish and wildlife, even in small amounts, over time.
The more we learn about leaking and toxic coal ash ponds, the more reason we need to start having a serious discussion about the best way to meet our energy needs without polluting our waterways. Coal’s toxic waste issue is too big to ignore.
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