In response to New pre-K director quits before starting (Feb. 8):
Vetting of Lightfoot failed; N.C. taxpayers deserve answers
We need to hear from Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, sooner than later, how Dianna Lightfoot, a clear ideologue, came to oversee our pre-K program.
I care less about Ms. Lightfoot, whos obviously best qualified to run for office as a tea party candidate, than I do about who is making important hiring decisions at the state level and why.
So lets hear soon from Wos, and while were at it from Gov. Pat McCrory. Tell us about the vetting. Tell us if theres an agenda here to gut early childhood education by appointing people who question the whole idea.
In response to I-77 toll lanes gain support (Feb. 6):
S.C. drivers use N.C. roads daily; put that toll road down south
I agree we need a toll road on Interstate 77. But it needs to be between the S.C. line and I-485 to let all those who come to Charlotte each day from South Carolina carry some of the burden for maintaining our roads. Im sure they dont buy N.C. gas because S.C. gas is 20 to 40 cents a gallon cheaper.
In response to UNC betrayed him, Ravens McAdoo says (Feb. 6 Viewpoint):
Ravens McAdoo, others must take personal responsibility
The comments Michael McAdoo made to op-ed columnist Joe Nocera are just another example of a callous disregard for personal responsibility prevalent in todays society.
As a proud University of North Carolina graduate Im extremely disappointed that big-time athletics has forever tarnished the academic integrity of our great university.
Nowhere in the article does Mr. McAdoo take any personal responsibility for his mistakes and there were many.
The reality is Mr. McAdoo used the university to reach his ultimate goal, the NFL. We should all be so lucky!
In response to Revaluation refunds are complex issue of fairness (Feb. 7):
My simple solution for an over-complicated tax problem
I find it difficult to understand why we need to spend money and time figuring out how to pay back our citizens for errors made in overtaxed property. Just deduct the amount on your next years property tax, and its finished. A one-sentence solution.
Daryl K. Solomonson
In response to Time to pass violence against women bill (Feb. 7 Editorial):
Dont need another pork-filled bill; need stronger prosecution
We already have laws against violence for everybody men, women, children, black, white, gay, old, fat. Everybody!
Without reading the bill I can only imagine the pages of pork attached to yet another ineffective piece of paper.
Some of the logic behind this bill is that it would supposedly help cut the backlog of processing rape kits and collecting DNA samples in rape cases. This does nothing to stop the violence.
What we need is stronger prosecution and sentencing in these violence cases.
In response to Compensation jumps for top hospital execs (Feb. 6):
Hospital system too focused on increasing profits, reserves
Although a large hospital needs talented professional management, I wonder if these public hospitals are being run more like a business and less like a health care provider.
An increase in profits, prices and reserves are necessary for business survival, but who is paying these fees? Are those who received bonuses selling more health care or providing medically needed treatments?
The administrators seem to be working in a retail business where selling add-ons boosts the bottom line, rather than a health care profession where patient well-being is more important than profits, prices and reserves.
Entity with publics interest at heart must watch over CHS
The CHS octopus is squeezing the lax oversight-system for all it can get!
Despite public funding and nonprofit status, who rides herd on the creature except board members who all make big bucks, too, and share the wealth with their friends?
Individual medical practices are steadily being gobbled up.
Only a free press, under the First Amendment, can stand up for the public interest.
William E. Jackson Jr.
In response to McCrorys intellectual dead end (Feb. 6 Viewpoint):
McCrorys right; universities must meet job shortages
If N.C. secondary schools are lagging, wages are low and some N.C. children go hungry, as the authors of this op-ed piece claim, then why do they think Gov. Pat McCrory is wrong to want to make changes?
Their litany of things that are wrong cry out for change.
Our colleges and universities are not turning out enough qualified scientists and engineers for the good-paying jobs readily available. I dont need a Ph.D to see that if thats where the jobs are, then thats what schools should be graduating.