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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory’s higher ed comments draw ire” (Jan. 30):

Keep up the good work, Gov.; glad someone addressing issue

Bravo to Gov. Pat McCrory for stating major problems in our college system.

He’s right. Stupid courses will only bring frustration for students as they enter the job market. That’s after paying exorbitant tuition that saddles them with high debt and puts them in the penalty box as they start their careers.

Meanwhile, our president provides zero leadership as he decries the student interest rate being charged.

Perry Clark

Huntersville

Horrified by Gov. McCrory’s shortsighted take on higher ed

A university education is not job training. It’s a program of study that teaches life lessons and prepares students for leadership and engaged citizenship.

I am happy to subsidize the cost of creating thoughtful, reasonable citizens who will be well- suited for important jobs such as parents, voters and governor.

Instead of holding the universities responsible for job placement we need to expect companies to once again invest in their workforce through training.

Amber Johnson Logan

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. Tax Reform: Now is the time” (Jan. 30 Editorial):

N.C. should exempt food and medicine from state sales tax

Our elected representatives have proposed major changes in the tax code. I hope the results will eliminate some of the money wasted by ridding ourselves of many associated deductions and special rates for special interests.

Beyond that, a general sales tax which includes services is something I’ve long supported. But only with the caveat that groceries and medicine are exempt.

Lewis Guignard

Crouse


In response to “Women in direct combat? No, the sexes are not really equal” (Jan. 28 Opinion):

Don’t deny women a role, but they must meet set standards

The writer spent 13 years in the U.S. Army.

Countries around the world train women to fight in their military and we should too.

If women can meet the exact same standards as men for the tasks required, there is no reason why those positions cannot be filled by women.

Women are currently not assigned to certain positions and denied promotion due to lack of training/experience. Open all jobs to women, and if we do not get choice assignments/promotions, it’s our own fault.

Melissa M. Thorpe Hill

Shelby

Change in name of political correctness will cost lives

Columnist Kathleen Parker is right that women should not be in combat infantry units.

While women can be brave and are certainly intelligent, they do not have the physical capacity to function in combat.

Name any sport in which women out-compete men. Look at distance running, track and field, swimming, weightlifting or any other sport requiring physical strength and women’s numbers are not close to men’s.

We are simply bowing to the political correctness demand of feminist groups, and it will ultimately downgrade our military and cost precious lives.

Ed King

Charlotte


GOP jabs at Hillary Clinton

just same old ‘sour grapes’

It’s interesting to note that during the George W. Bush administration there were 12 terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, resulting in more than 20 deaths. Remember the hearings? Neither do I, because there weren’t any!

The criticism of Secretary of State Clinton’s Benghazi testimony is simply one more example of the Republican Party’s “sour grapes” attitude. As Gov. Bobby Jindal said: “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party.”

Mrs. Clinton will go down in history as one of the finest Secretaries of State this country has ever known.

Shari Goldberg

Fort Mill, S.C.


It’s the Democrats who are

not willing to compromise

Nothing will improve until the Democrats end their “no compromise” stance.

Just because they won the election through half truths and obscuration of the real facts doesn’t mean the Republicans must give in to the Democrats’ country-destroying agenda.

The last time I checked 51 percent is not a sizeable margin, and one wonders how many of those voters were bought and paid for.

One good thing is that many citizens will come wide awake when the next phase of Obamacare kicks in.

Charles L. Garrison

Charlotte


CMS dress code has gotten out of hand, just ask my daughter

The writer is the father of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 10th grader.

Recently my child was sent to the office at her high school due to a dress policy infraction. She was wearing her gym shorts.

The “style” today is tight jeans and leggings – tight enough to see every curve and feature – yet, the shorts required for gym class are in violation of a CMS policy if worn in the hallways?

These same shorts have been worn to school before with no penalty flag thrown.

It’s time for CMS and its dress code enforcers to either adopt a uniform or pay more attention to things that really are important.

Jim Roberts Jr.

Davidson

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