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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Teacher tenure sparks debate” (April 1):

Berger pushes initiatives to get ALEC approval and dollars

In proposing his education changes in 2012, N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger referenced a “Report Card on American Education” by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The report gave North Carolina a D+ in overall teacher quality and a D in removing ineffective teachers.

Berger lied egregiously in his description of the ALEC report, which graded N.C. laws and policies that ALEC favors. In other words, N.C. laws were not ALEC-friendly enough, and earned ALEC’s “Ds.”

Berger now wants to please ALEC by passing more of their anti-education law templates. In that way, North Carolina will become an “A+”, ALEC-owned state, Berger will get Art Pope’s pat on the back, and his campaign fund gets money.

William Hollar

Kannapolis


In response to “Taking some mystery out of health care costs” (March 31 Editorial):

Who tells hospitals what costs of health procedures should be?

N.C. Sens. Rucho and Brown are to be applauded for their idea a decade overdue. About five years ago, I went to OrthoCarolina for a knee procedure. Although I had health coverage I still asked my surgeon how much my surgery would cost. He said, “I haven’t a clue, ask the cashier when you leave today.”

I did but she gave me another’s name at Ortho and said to ask her. I did and she parroted, “I don’t know. We’ll see when you get billed.” My question now is this. Under this bill, who will tell the hospitals how much to put on the estimate?

Eddie Goodall

Weddington


GOP leaders destroyed public trust with lies about voter fraud

The GOP leadership in Raleigh reminds me of the poor guy in the BP commercial telling us what great things BP is doing for the Gulf. But we all know that they would not have to do any of this if they had not been so reckless two years ago. So now we have GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis telling us the reason that lawmakers want to place so many restrictions on voting is to restore the broken trust of the people.

Thom, if you and the rest of the GOP had not told lies about fraud that did not exist, just to excite your base, you would not have to restore anyone’s trust.

Jack Flynn

Charlotte


In response to “On Gun Control: The consequences of moving too slowly” (April 1 Dana Milbank):

NRA red herrings, influence buying make fools of all of us

Surely this column was meant for April Fools Day! The NRA nuts, the fear tinged “preppers,” the hate groups are overwhelming common sense. Colorado’s prison chief, a Texas Assistant D.A., now the D.A. and his wife, Newtown, Aurora, Gabby – isolated instances? No. Coordinated attacks? No. Incipient anarchy? Possibly. But mostly, the result of NRA Second Amendment red herrings and buying legislative influence, and the apathy of most Americans to demand common sense on gun control.

Joe Sutterlin

Charlotte

Limit shells for birds but not for people? Does that make sense?

The arguments on gun magazine sizes are baffling. N.C. law requires me to modify my 12-gauge shotgun to hold only three shells to give birds a better chance. So why should there be any objections to limiting attack weapons to 10 shells to give people a better chance?

Robert D. Culbertson

Charlotte


In response to “Polk birthplace site could be a victim of budget cuts” (March 28:)

No money in budget to preserve history? Really, Gov. Pat?

I cannot believe that Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor, will agree to closing this historic site. Surely they can find a way to cut some unnecessary spending in order to preserve North Carolina’s history.

Dorothy Goldstein-

Anchell

Fort Mill


Don’t play kid games with North Korea’s childish dictator

Every time we get engaged in a war game with the North Korean dictator over who is going to blink first in a direct face-off, the American and South Korean democracies bring themselves down to the level of Kim Jong Un, a 29-year-old kid.

Kenan Porobic

Charlotte


Here’s an immigration plan that makes as much sense as others

Why not just annex Mexico? It would save us taxpayers a lot of money, and no one would notice the difference.

G. J. Brenner

Matthews

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