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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Berger rolls out education initiative” (March 20):

Sen. Berger’s education plan harms, not helps, N.C. teachers

Sen. Phil Berger wants better for kids? Well, that starts at home.

From there, the best thing we can do is uplift our teachers and staff who sacrifice themselves for the love of learning.

I hope Raleigh will really listen to our superintendents before making any more demands of those who truly seek the common good for our children.

It might be easier to stomach the fact that N.C. teacher pay is 46th in the nation if those in power showed how much they appreciate teachers’ efforts.

Rev. Allan Purtill

Huntersville

Don’t stop with teachers, end ‘tenure’ for elected officials too

Sen. Phil Berger has introduced a bill in the N.C. General Assembly that would eliminate tenure for teachers.

I have no problem with eliminating tenure for teachers, but Berger didn’t go far enough.

“Tenure” should be eliminated for all N.C. government employees. They should be limited to 10 years at any government agency or program.

There should also be term limits for all elected officials.

Chuck Mann

Greensboro


In response to “County eyes control of CMS school buildings” (March 14) and related articles:

County has enough on its plate, don’t add school buildings to it

I see where Mecklenburg County commissioners are proposing to take over the construction and maintenance of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from the school board.

I guess county commissioners feel they don’t have enough on their plate to mismanage.

John Huson

Charlotte


In response to “McCrory budget puts the focus on schools, efficiency” (March 21):

Finally, a governor who won’t raise taxes! N.C. needs that

The writer is president of the UNC Charlotte College Republicans.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget is a breath of fresh air from the previous administration’s budgets which have attempted to use taxpayer money to experiment with social engineering.

We need to be able to provide for our state without suffocating our citizens in taxes. Finally, someone has been elected to office who recognizes the truth: We can’t tax our way into prosperity.

Regi Simpson

Charlotte


November ballot should include a referendum on toll roads

At a Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) meeting last week, a Steele Creek man pleaded for road improvements there. He explained how South Carolina is building roads up to the state line, just south of Steele Creek.

Wow! South Carolina – with no MUMPO, where property tax rates are half that of Mecklenburg, and gas taxes are 14 cents lower – is actually building roads that will serve its citizens.

For MUMPO and N.C. DOT, existing high-usage roads are only another way to extort more money from the citizens.

Could we please have a non-binding toll road referendum on the ballot in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties in November?

Lawrence Raymer

Huntersville


In response to N.C. Opinions: Raleigh, “N.C. should open path to same-day surgery centers” (March 20 Opinion):

Surgery centers needed to help reduce health care costs in N.C.

My wife had a colonoscopy at a local hospital in 2011. My father had one six months later in Florida at a physician-run clinic.

My wife’s bill was three times greater than my father’s! I saw no difference in quality of care.

The only difference I see is that the hospitals here appear to have a monopoly. They are able to charge patients and insurance companies vastly over-inflated amounts compared to states with out-patient clinics that perform the same procedures.

Competition can help reduce the exorbitant costs of medical care. N.C. hospital administrators might not like losing their monopoly, but it is not Monopoly money they’re getting rich on!

John B. Sharp

Cornelius


In response to Fannie Flono’s “Executioners offer sage advice on death penalty” (March 22 Opinion):

Do away with executioners; let a computer do the job instead

It’s amazing that we still have these individuals who do the death penalty dirty work. Instead, just bring in a wannabe Watson – IBM’s computing system – to perform the task.

When the death row inmate lies on the table, there could be a pressure switch that activates the lethal injection. After a 5-10 minute strapping-in period, the injection starts.

Change the death certificate from the current homicide, to assisted suicide. No more sleepless nights for the executioners.

Dan Schmidt

Charlotte


While we’re at it, consider a name change for the airport

Nowadays, in order to become a major metropolis, you need a major airport. As the City of Charlotte wrestles with who should run its growing airport, the debate should also reflect the name of its burgeoning aeronautical gateway to the world.

Charlotte is going from a Podunk town to a major world player. North Carolina was the first in flight and our airport should reflect that grandeur in its name: The Wright Brothers International Airport.

Barry Marshall

Charlotte

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