In response to “Home design bill alarms city” (April 10):
Raleigh must stop meddling in issues best left up to counties
My question to Matthews Republican Rep. Bill Brawley is simple: Are there not enough serious public issues to occupy the legislature – e.g. unemployment, mental health services, crumbling highway infrastructure – that Raleigh feels it can devote time to meddle in county building standards which are best suited to be implemented by local county boards?
Gov. Pat McCrory, please, please, get your team focused on the real priorities! I hate having a one-term government.
In response to “U.S. drone war kills more than al-Qaida” (April 10):
Can’t ignore innocent civilians killed by drones in Pakistan
The article on drone strikes in Pakistan failed to include easily verifiable information on the number of civilians, including children, killed and maimed by such strikes. That’s not only disingenuous, it’s wrong.
Thatcher a strong player in a quartet that changed the world
The passing of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher woke a dormant memory about a phenomenon we’ll likely not see again in our lifetime – a quartet of master politicians: Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan.
They made the collapse of the Soviet Union possible through collaboration and decisiveness. They did not capitulate, nor were they intimidated. They had a common objective – to destroy the doctrine of Communism, no matter the opinion of supporters or adversaries.
In response to “CMS seeks $28.5 million county increase” (April 10):
Morrison yet to ‘prove worthy’ of large sum he wants for CMS
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison, before you come calling on the taxpayers for more money, please build a resume of success to work off of.
The increase in enrollment at some private schools and the increase in homeschooling only proves that public education is not working.
Atlanta ruined the reputation of public school administrators in general.
It’s up to you and your team to prove worthy of more money before the taxpayer can be expected to foot the bill.
In response to “N.C. bill would ban co-ed apartments on UNC-CH campus” (April 3 CharlotteObserver.com):
Focus on co-ed campus housing misguided; tackle bigger issues
N.C. Sen. David Curtis of Lincoln County recently said “UNC did not become a national leader in academics by wasting time and tax dollars on frivolous social experiments.”
Perhaps he’s unfamiliar with UNC Chapel Hill’s culture of empowering students to engage with important issues.
Recently, five other alumni and I asked university stakeholders to take the lead addressing three major issues: academic fraud, athletic scandal and mishandling of sexual assaults. We asked them to find inclusive, creative, rigorous solutions.
I encourage N.C. legislators to spend more time focusing on solutions to what’s confronting our state and our university system instead of expending a great deal of time and taxpayer dollars on efforts to constrain and control what and how students are learning and living.
In response to “Burr should back off gun filibuster threat” (April 10 Editorial):
Only 1 way Sen. Burr can earn my respect on gun control issue
I’ll respect Sen. Richard Burr’s position when he votes to allow guns in the Senate visitor’s gallery.
Sen. Hagan, don’t let another Sandy Hook massacre happen
The NRA believes the pain of Sandy Hook will fade, but for those of us with souls it never will. I urge Sen. Kay Hagan to support an array of gun safety legislation, from banning assault weapons to limiting magazine size to background checks and mental health support.
It’s time to have the political courage to do what is right.
If 20 dead 6 year olds in Newtown, Conn. were not enough, how many dead children will it take for you to do the morally correct thing and vote for sensible gun control?
In response to “Counties support airport authority” (April 10) and related articles:
Want in on airport control? Bring tax money to the table
The N.C. Senate approved a bill that would end the city’s control of the airport and give it to a regional authority.
GOP-leaning counties around Charlotte would have more say-so over the airport if a new regional authority is created.
Perhaps these counties would like to raise their taxes to help support the airport?
It is wrong for the state to do this to the City of Charlotte. Voters should call or write their representatives and Gov. McCrory to stop this legislation before it is too late.