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Failures in education led to need for women in combat

As the wife of an Air Force Sergeant who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam and the mother of a Marine Major who served three years in Vietnam, I fully understand the push to allow females in combat.

Our educational system has failed our young men in that few of them can pass the initial requirements to be admitted to military service.

With an all-volunteer military, we now have to fill the ranks of combat slots with females who, for some reason, have absorbed enough education to be acceptable for military service.

Ira Myers

Charlotte


Senators played to TV, didn’t ask Clinton the hard questions

I expected Hillary Clinton to dodge Senate and House queries by invoking executive privilege or refusing to comment due to ongoing investigations or classified material.

However, she did one better.

She was fully prepared to answer any question posed by the inept senators and congressmen who seemed more interested in posturing for TV cameras.

These ineffectual elected officials got absolutely zero info from Hillary due to the complete absence of worthy follow-up questions, lack of cross-examination, etc. But does anybody out there actually think this cover-up could have gone on without the president’s knowledge?

Herb Corday

Charlotte


In response to “Juxtaposition of stories about homeless, Hendrick’s Corvette a jolt” (Jan. 23 Forum):

Rick Hendrick does plenty for this community; let him be

I’d speculate that the reader who has a problem with Rick Hendrick spending $1 million on a 2014 Corvette has not stopped to think about what Rick does for our community daily.

I speculate that he employs 2,000 folks, has a weekly payroll in the millions and provides them with a health care plan.

I’d bet Mr. Hendrick’s contributions to the homeless cause exceed a million.

Let him enjoy the reward for his hard work without being bothered.

Loy Gulledge

Concord


Focusing on magazine size amounts to a ‘feel good fix’

The argument against restricting gun magazine size is that it’s quick and easy to change low-capacity magazines so a law against large magazines would not inhibit mass shootings.

That argument is solid. However, if you accept the validity of that notion, why the need for large magazines?

If smaller magazines can be changed out quickly, why not let the irrational who are focusing on this aspect of “safety” win this point?

The fact is, the next crazy who goes on a rampage is likely to be successful with lower-capacity magazines, which will, sadly, illustrate the stupidity of “feel good fixes.”

Mark Selleck

Waxhaw

Don’t put guns in schools, put prayer back in classroom

More guns, more guns, more guns. You don’t put more snakes in a snake pit to get rid of snakes.

The truth about school shootings is right in our face. Every morning, every school in America should have corporate prayer.

When we took God out of school, we opened the door for every demon from hell to come in and attack our children.

We must cover our children with prayer. Forget the foolishness.

Larry D. Howard

Charlotte


In response to “4 year-round schools OK’d” (Jan. 23):

More kids need quality summer learning; let’s help them too

The writer is executive director of Freedom School Partners.

Research indicates summer is the biggest contributor to the achievement gap between low-income children and their more affluent peers.

I commend CMS and Project LIFT for embracing year-round calendars for four schools.

For thousands of other CMS students – of all socioeconomic backgrounds – summer learning loss remains a significant challenge.

Let us work together to provide high-quality summer learning opportunities for many more children. In doing so, we’ll protect our community’s investment in school-year learning and ensure a strong future for us all as children grow into their full potential.

Mary Nell McPherson

Charlotte


In response to “Would ‘Hornets’ aid sales?” (Jan. 24 Sports):

Don’t ignore Hornets’ historical significance, sales potential

The Charlotte Hornets moniker has rich historical value. Nationally, Charlotte Hornets merchandise ranked as one of the best sellers among all major league sports teams.

It’s time to bring back Hugo!

Rusty Joyner

Concord

Bobcats support lags; name change won’t change that

As someone who was a loyal Charlotte Hornets fan, I am unnerved by those who think bringing back the Hornets name is a good idea.

What Charlotteans living in the past seem to forget is that we already have an NBA team – one they have not supported but seem to think they will support with a simple name change.

Our Bobcats have their own identity and loyal fan following. If a simple name change suddenly turns you back into a Charlotte sports fan, I have to question your current and future loyalty at all.

Rebekah Smith

Charlotte

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