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In response to “N.C. lawmakers push resolution on prayer at meetings” (April 2 CharlotteObserver.com):

With each move, McCrory and N.C. GOP setting state back

Gov. Pat McCrory has been in office for three months, and now Republican N.C. legislators want a state religion.

Maybe they’ll propose bringing back slavery, horse whippings, hangings, smoke signals, horses and wagons, and lest we forget, seceding from the United States.

This isn’t 2013 or even 1913. It’s 1813!

Jon Schuller

Charlotte


In response to “High-stakes test score racket” (April 3 Viewpoint):

School reform didn’t bring scandals; lack of ethics did

Viewpoint columnist Eugene Robertson blames school reform for inexcusable corrupt and immoral behavior by those who are supposed to further the moral values into our children.

In addition, he subtly injects race, saying that standards shouldn’t be the same for all.

He misses the point, which is the ethical decay of our society. We’ve lost the concept of what’s right and wrong, and we justify just about any wrongdoing by presenting some kind of reasoning and justification for it.

Mario Moreno

Charlotte

School reform must not rest solely on teachers’ shoulders

Schools do not exist in a vacuum. Many students come to the schoolhouse disadvantaged from their life experiences.

Their success is due to many factors beyond where a child spends his time for nine months, five days a week, for seven hours.

As Eugene Robinson says, “Reform has to be something that is done with a community of teachers, students and parents...”

Yes, we should demand excellence from our teachers, but it is not their responsibility alone to guide children toward success.

Ellen Martin

Charlotte


In response to “Atlanta educators report to jail in cheating case” (April 3) and related articles:

To improve education, first regain control of classrooms

Education starts at home. Reading and teaching children how to behave prepares them for the classroom and yes, for standardized testing.

Discipline and no-nonsense in the classroom are major in the learning process. Because of political correctness we’ve lost control in a lot of our public schools. Sit in on a class in Finland and see who is in charge.

The teachers in Atlanta and the administrators in Chapel Hill should be given jail time.

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte


Open your eyes and mind to realities of same-sex marriage

Close your eyes and imagine this world: You want to marry, raise children, work hard, pay taxes, pay rent/mortgage, go to church, volunteer, help your neighbor, cook, clean, enjoy your life with someone you love.

Now imagine any one of these simple, basic rights denied you because you were born a red head, or with green eyes, or left-handed, or gay. Open your eyes.

Jennifer Jones

Charlotte


N.C. should take a hint from Kansas on wind farm issue

Recently, the oil billionaire Koch brothers, Grover Norquist and the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council tried to roll back renewable energy requirements in Kansas– a state with a Republican governor and supermajority.

Gov. Sam Brownback and a bipartisan legislative coalition defeated the roll back.

They realized the 19 wind farms there have led to an economic boom in Kansas that created 12,300 jobs and $13.7 million to landowners and $10.4 million to communities annually.

Republicans in N.C. are trying to roll back renewable energy.

Having the best rated winds on the East Coast and suitable winds in the mountains, North Carolina could match Kansas’ success.

Lee Brinson

Hickory


In response to “N.C. House agrees to tweak taxes for Panthers’ home” (March 27 CharlotteObserver.com):

Richardson, Panthers shouldn’t have requested public money

Having an NFL franchise is a great jewel for a city and does create tax revenue and business recruiting opportunities. But that doesn’t justify extorting the taxpayers.

We’re the ones who helped build that stadium, who continue to buy tickets, concessions and merchandise.

Jerry Richardson should not have even requested public assistance for his private business. I would’ve thought that after a major health scare a Southern gentlemen in his twilight years would want to continue to build his legacy. Instead, he appears to be at risk of becoming the next George Shinn.

Mike Wood

Tega Cay, S.C.


In response to “They help puppies help others” (April 2):

Teens raising puppies to aid

the blind deserve our thanks

It’s important to highlight the good news in this world, and the article on teens fostering potential guide dogs is a great example of that.

If you are a dog lover, it’s easy to imagine the pain of giving back a dog you’ve raised and trained from a few weeks old. Yet, these young volunteers are willing to invest their hearts for the promise of changing the life of a blind person.

What a gift!

Judy Pruitt

Hickory

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