In response to CMS studies year-round schedules (Nov. 13):
Year-round school system would give needed breaks
I see a major advantage to a year-round school system with more numerous, smaller breaks: a serious reduction in student stress, because students would go on break more often. In our current system, students only get weekends and winter break to relax during the school year, contributing to high stress.
However, short breaks throughout the year would be a huge burden to parents if camps do not adjust their schedules to meet the new breaks. Without these camps, working parents would be forced to take more days off to take care of their kids.
In response to Smartphones belong in school now (Nov. 21):
Basic skills should come before expanding school technology
Theres a lot of print about college freshmen not being able to read and write. The world these days is coming into the computer age and it is not going away.
The schools must first teach the students how to read, write, add and subtract before they can even be close to a computer for school work. The computers that the parents teach the young children to use are just an electronic baby sitter.
In response to Local legislators urge push for Meck revaluation redo (Nov. 22) and related stories:
Its time for commissioners
to fire manager Harry Jones
The buck shouldnt stop with the resignation of (Mecklenburg tax assessor) Garrett Alexander. The Board of Commissioners must now address the ineffectiveness of the county manager, where the buck should stop, and give Mr. Harry Jones his walking papers. To do otherwise is a slap in the faces of the residents of Mecklenburg County who are having to bear the cost of an inaccurate property revaluation, the cost of the Pearsons study, and increased property taxes.
In response to Skyland again offers free Thanksgiving dinners (Nov. 21):
Thank you to Skyland owner
for illustrating joy of giving
I applaud the owner of Skyland Family Restaurant, Jimmy Kakavitsas, and volunteers for giving out free, hot meals on Thanksgiving. This is exactly the kind of thanks to the community for its support that we need from a successful restaurant this holiday season. Similar to Shakespeares famous comment on mercy, I posit that this giving is twice blesst: it blesseth both the giver and the taker.
I called the restaurant and spoke with Mr. Kakavitsas, and his excitement in doing the giving felt palpable and infectious. I am a poet and freelance writer, new to Charlotte, who has experience being previously homeless myself.
In response to Wal-Mart protests: What impact? (Nov. 20):
Dont like your Wal-Mart job? Let someone else take it
Perhaps I have been living in the dark ages, sleeping for years, or in a twilight zone, but to see workers complaining about this and that, especially Wal-Mart employees that are in the limelight right now, I just dont get it. Having worked in retail for over 40 years, I understood what it took for the company to succeed and be competitive, and when I accepted jobs, I also accepted that commitment.
With unemployment being so high and jobs scarce, I would simply say to them: Quit; someone else willing to work without complaints wants your job.
In response to Bear killing prompts discussions (Nov. 23):
Killing of bear was a case of ignorance and animal cruelty
Great. A group of seemingly rich, upscale types decides to murder a disabled bear. This is animal cruelty, plain and simple. Charges should be filed against the entire community. This is how ignorant people act when things are not perfect in their perfect little world.
You live in the mountains, people. You can make it as upscale as you want, with all the subdivision rules and restrictions. You are still in the mountains. Close your doors and windows, lock up the garbage and act responsible instead of like the jerks that you are!
In response to A holiday ball for all to see (Nov. 24):
Story a heartwarming reminder of what holidays are about
As a Greensboro native who grew up around the corner from the Smiths, it was heartwarming to see how the holiday balls have affected so many. I remember when there were only a few balls and am amazed how everyone has come together to decorate the entire neighborhood and do something good.
After seeing all the Black Friday madness, it was refreshing to read what the holidays are really about.
Ellen Gilbert Johnson
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