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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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, who’s 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 let’s hear soon from Wos, and while we’re at it from Gov. Pat McCrory. Tell us about the vetting. Tell us if there’s an agenda here to gut early childhood education by appointing people who question the whole idea.

Morry Alter

Charlotte


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. I’m sure they don’t buy N.C. gas because S.C. gas is 20 to 40 cents a gallon cheaper.

Jim Plyler

Charlotte


In response to “UNC betrayed him, Ravens’ McAdoo says” (Feb. 6 Viewpoint):

Raven’s 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 today’s society.

As a proud University of North Carolina graduate I’m 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!

James Hill

Charlotte


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 year’s property tax, and it’s finished. A one-sentence solution.

Daryl K. Solomonson

Troutman


In response to “Time to pass violence against women bill” (Feb. 7 Editorial):

Don’t 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.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


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.

Jeffrey Beck

Charlotte

Entity with public’s 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.

Davidson


In response to “McCrory’s intellectual dead end” (Feb. 6 Viewpoint):

McCrory’s 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 don’t need a Ph.D to see that if that’s where the jobs are, then that’s what schools should be graduating.

Ed Garland

Charlotte

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