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Math teachers needed in Raleigh to tutor N.C. lawmakers

As one occasionally hears in comedy routines, you just can’t make this stuff up. The N.C. legislative leadership team, facing urgent needs for funding for a number of critical public services agencies, is about to forego the $109 million in revenue they already receive from two years of N.C. taxes on estates valued at more than $5 million. It would appear that an administration that proclaims the primacy of job creation will protect the wealth of the beneficiaries of 20+ estates rather than save the jobs of, for instance, at least 1,000 teacher assistants in our public schools.

Maybe some of our school teachers need to do some math tutoring in Raleigh.

Roger Coates

Charlottte


In response to “Banning ‘the box’ eliminates unfair obstacle to jobs” (March 26 For the Record):

Don’t ban box; employers need to know who they’re hiring

Employers must take into account the criminal records of folks they hire. Would you hire a sex offender to work in a day care? Would a store hire someone to run the cash register who has been convicted of embezzlement. No, I don’t think so.

Employers do take into account the crime and the demeanor of the person. A lot of times those folks really look good on paper and in person. Maybe that was what happened at the Flying Biscuit when the manager was killed by a petty thief.

A thorough background check should be done by employers so that they know what they are getting. Folks who have been convicted a crimes need to be given a chance, but their crime should be taken into account.

Bill Lane

Polkville


In reply to “Hey, Mayor Bloomberg: We don’t need your ‘vision’ here” (March 26 Forum):

Hey, Mr. Sing: You don’t speak for all North Carolinians

Mr. Sing, who voted for you? Who are you to speak for North Carolinians? At least Mr. Bloomberg was elected. Did you object to all of the out-of-state funds spent on North Carolina’s local elections that bought Republican ownership of our state government. Bias is a one-way street going nowhere! Mr. Sing’s song sounds a little like hypocrisy.

Mayor Bloomberg’s goal is gun safety. The NRA’s leadership goal is gun ownership, period. In the ‘50s and ‘60s the NRA stood for responsible ownership, gun safety, and the proper training of young owners. It was once a proud and respected organization. I hope it can return.

Craig Hobaugh

Charlotte


In response to “New director aims to create a history museum without walls” (March 26):

A dynamic web presence would help museum’s new mission

One thing I did not see in the article about Ms. Peninger’s plans for the Charlotte History Museum is the potential for developing an online history museum. Such a web presence would go far beyond just a static website to serve as an educational program source and research tool. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s website presents one such example.

There may be appropriate ways for Charlotte businesses to help sponsor the development and maintenance of such a dynamic website, which would reach far beyond Charlotte and speak to the unique history that is a part of this community.

Phil Kabza

Charlotte


In response to “Vandals damage athletic facilities” (March 24):

Vandals must show remorse, earn way into rec programs

It’s good that Barry Hall, president of the South Charlotte Recreation Association, feels bad about the four teens facing charges for this vandalism. How about the four working to help restore the facility? Give them an opportunity to clean-up the damage they created. Maybe after these teens show some remorse for their actions, there will be an opportunity for them to earn the right to participate in the association’s programs.

Jane Pressley

Charlotte


In response to “Foxx being considered for Cabinet” (March 21):

With Mayor Foxx’s ‘experience’ he should fit in Cabinet job

With the federal government’s penchant for building bridges to nowhere, I am sure Mayor Foxx would do fine as Secretary of Transportation with his experience in trying to build a streetcar line to nowhere.

John B. Hallman

Charlotte


In response to “Who will save whom?” (March 26 Viewpoint):

This also grates on ears, demands grammar check

The writer is a retired English teacher.

I give Ms. Petri credit for trying to rescue the English language. However, I believe she has ignored another error far more frequent and grating to the ears of language purists. I have heard actors, lawyers, teachers, politicians, even presidents and preachers (not mine, who is a member of the school board and speaks clearly and correctly!) use such expressions as “to Jim and I,” “with Betty and I,” “for Joe and I.” These same speakers would never say “to I,” “with I” or “for I.” Does no one teach basic English grammar anymore? We need a grammar check for our ears!

Patricia Ferguson

Concord


In response to “Regional airport towers to close” (March 23):

Let’s turn airport traffic control over to NASCAR ‘spotters’

Why don’t the “spotters” from each NASCAR team take turns manning the airport tower in Concord? It would be just like working the races but with fewer crashes!

Dave Raulerson

Concord

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