In response to “Innovate, create, recruit” (Nov. 27):
For education to improve, teachers must be valued
The writer is executive director of MeckEd, a nonpartisan advocacy group focused on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
The large turnout at the Blumenthal on Monday night was further evidence our community is still very passionate about having great public schools. I only hope Mecklenburg citizens heed the request of CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison and support him in his efforts to revitalize and value the profession of teaching.
I’m convinced that the future success or failure of public education relies heavily on the ability of school districts across America to not only recruit top-notch applicants, but also retain them. This can only happen if teachers are paid properly and are valued by society as true professionals and not mere civil servants.
In response to “Independence parcels purchased” (Nov. 27):
A park on Independence Blvd.? A waste of taxpayer dollars
It was heartwarming to read that the Charlotte City Council voted to spend $2.55 million of taxpayer money to buy a closed hotel and IHOP restaurant on Independence Boulevard.
Of course, taxpayers will also pay demolition and landscaping costs if it becomes a park. You just can’t beat having a park on Independence Boulevard!
Unfortunately, all this spending won’t solve the issue of problem people in the area. They’ll just move to another location.
Money well spent? I don’t think so.
David G. Van Hellemont
In response to “Council rejects Dilworth Walgreens” (Nov. 27):
Stunned by developer’s lack of regard for historic Dilworth
Initially I thought this was quite a coup for preservation in Charlotte. But my heart sank when I saw developer Alex Kelly’s total lack of regard for the character of Dilworth and what its residents desire.
His obvious rapacious desire for mere base profit at the expense of the human and architectural element of preservation is what gives so many developers a bad reputation. This eye for profit above all else is why Charlotte has lost more than its share of historic structures.
I only hope that when round two occurs, the good residents of Dilworth will be able to mount an effective counter-attack to stop Mr. Kelly.
In response to “Report: Perdue, Raleigh working on Dix land deal” (Nov. 26 CharlotteObserver.com):
Absurd irony in plan that would turn Dix grounds into a park
What a fitting finish to Democratic Party reign – turn the Dorothea Dix Hospital grounds into a park! After three decades of mostly Democratic Party deconstruction of mental health services, what a fitting finale.
When there is no substance, I guess it’s best to cover it up with whipped cream.
Governors Dan Moore, Terry Sanford and others must be turning over in their graves!
I was deputy commissioner of mental health in the ’60s and ’70s when North Carolina was a model for the nation. Now, we’re a model for how not to do it!
Nicholas E. Stratas
In response to “A welcome departure from a rigid pledge” (Nov. 28 Editorial):
Norquist pledge no joke, it’s a solemn vow not to be broken
The Grover Norquist pledge is not some casual promise written on the back of a napkin. It’s a solemn promise, signed, dated and confirmed by two witnesses.
Without the pledge and Norquist’s backing, Republicans would’ve been hard-pressed to win election to the Congress.
It carries no less weight than the oath of office taken by these elected Republicans.
It seems our president, and now the Observer, is calling on these officials to be dishonest by renouncing the pledge. One’s solemn word ought to carry more weight than trying to avoid a supposed “fiscal cliff.”
In response to “Taxing the rich not enough to keep U.S. from falling off ‘cliff’ ” (Nov. 28 Forum):
Stop obstructing Democrats’ fiscal fix; give it a chance
I agree that raising the tax rate on the wealthy is not the cure-all, but it’s a start.
Elections have consequences and it’s time the Republicans realize the country spoke loud and clear that it favors the course this administration has charted for the next term.
It is time for Republicans to stop their obstructionist ways and allow the Democrats to put forth their agenda. If their approach fails, then vote them out.
Thinking the American people will accept gridlock for the next four years will be the downfall of the Republican party.
In response to “Don’t like your Wal-Mart job? Let someone else take it” (Nov. 27 Forum):
Greed that keeps retailers open on Thanksgiving Day must end
Various forces are tearing the American family apart. Yet Forum writer Claude Dill supports retailers like Wal-Mart that don’t care enough about employees to give them Thanksgiving Day off to spend with family.
For a company to be “successful and competitive” it should not require being open on Thanksgiving Day.
I work in retail, and thank God my employer has not taken this holiday away from us, not yet anyway. Hopefully, my employer will never become so greedy.
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