In response to November 2014 cant come quickly enough for this voter (June 11 Forum):
I like what I see coming out of GOP-controlled legislature
The Observer has unleashed letters recently that are critical of the Republican-controlled state legislature. Many, such as Forum writer Kay Ballengers rather mean-spirited attack, are over the top.
I dont agree with everything this legislature has done, but I will point out that they are conducting the states business in an orderly fashion.
They have restored fiscal discipline to the process, and the massive corruption of the Jim Black and Mike Easley years seems to have abated.
Moreover, they are willing to consider much-needed fundamental reform to the antiquated state revenue system.
Yes, Ill take this crowd over the last one.
Steven P. Nesbit
Based on recent actions, Tillis wont get my vote for Senate
After Republicans lost the support of college students, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis gut-punched them by proposing that some cant vote where they live.
After losing support of minorities, he gut-punched them by erecting hurdles to voting.
He gut-punched the poor by reducing unemployment and refusing to extend Medicaid.
Even a fellow Republican recently called him out as a bully.
Tillis wants to be my U.S. senator. Surely you jest.
In response to Surely, there are Republicans who think legislature errs (June 11 Forum):
Cant ignore damage Democrats have done to state budget
As an Independent voter I would ask Forum writer Barbara Conrad to reflect on past Democratic legislatures whose philosophy was to spend without dire consequences.
The average American tends to think with the heart, not the brain, an ideology which has brought this country to its knees.
In accounting one quickly understands the means to balance a budget dont spend more than you take in a rule most fail to understand.
In response to Dont fall for myths about Common Core (June 11 Editorial):
Public schools are troubled, but Common Core is not way to go
The tea party leaders have one thing right: Some jobs are not appropriate for big government.
A casual reading of the Common Core standards shows the worst educational gobbledygook, a breeding ground for more testing, more experts, and more corporate products promising success and costing more money.
Our public school system is troubled, but we need to look further for answers.
One answer is clear. Public education is not one-size-fits-all.
Hagan, Burr should support bipartisan immigration bill
The people liberals, conservatives, Republicans and Democrats agree immigration is a mess and needs a comprehensive overhaul.
Now theres hope. The Gang of Eight bipartisan proposal headed to the Senate this week shows that some politicians can work together to develop reasonable compromises.
No one will be happy with every aspect, but the proposal offers decent reforms covering border security, economic opportunities and immigration modernization.
Tell senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr to support this legislation now.
Denny and Jo Ann Fernald
In response to Emails tie UNC advisers, ex-chair (June 9):
Tickets given to UNC professor prove nothing, yet thats news?
Im a 1971 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill who is in agreement with the sanctions imposed on the universitys football program. However, Sundays section-front coverage was worthless drivel. Where was the story?
A tenured professor or department head at any university or college has access to any sporting event they choose to attend.
Sure, some get better seats than others, but how is this news?
In response to Will ban on lyrics survive? (June 8):
Banning lyrics amounts to restricting speech; dont do it
The writer is chair of the Union County Libertarian Party.
The Union County public schools have placed a ban on music with lyrics during athletic events. While their concern regarding offensive lyrics may be valid, their solution goes too far.
This ban significantly limits the ability of student athletes to express themselves.
The Union County Libertarian Party wholeheartedly supports the freedom of all individuals to unrestricted speech and expression. These principles are not only instrumental to the freedom of our country, but help to foster independent thought in our students.
We need cost effective road solutions, and HOV lanes arent
HOV lanes in our area are underutilized assets, but they establish the claim that public funds are being put to good use.
Has anyone studied their cost effectiveness? Its time.
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