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In response to “Teachers mobilize to protest” (July 26):

McCrory gave his cabinet raises, yet forsakes teachers, education

Teachers have all the more reason to protest considering that in January Gov. Pat McCrory gave his cabinet pay hikes as large as $13,200 because he was “trying to make it at least where they can afford to live while running multibillion-dollar departments.”

There are teachers in this state who must put their children on Medicaid because they barely make enough money to live day-to-day. These are state employees who attended college for at least four years to earn a degree.

Quality teachers have and will continue to leave the profession or head to other states where they are better paid and more respected.

Sarah Little

Charlotte


Zimmerman juror followed the law; quit sensationalizing that

The writer is a retired N.C. Superior Court judge.

The Zimmerman juror who received so much media attention Friday did exactly what every juror is suppose to do: listen to the evidence and apply the law, as given by the judge, to the evidence and render a verdict accordingly.

Can she have personal feelings? Yes. But her job is not to let her personal feeling override the evidence and the law.

The media need a better understanding of a juror’s function, and not to sensationalize the situation.

Robert M. Burroughs

Charlotte


In response to “Latest airport bill clears hurdle” (July 26):

Samuelson needs to slow down and listen to constituents

Ruth Samuelson, who are you, Charlotte’s boss?

You say you thought the city was on board with your newest compromise, but when you found out otherwise you rammed the legislation through. And like a strict disciplinarian, you reminded us that it’s for our own good: “I hope that one day the city of Charlotte will acknowledge that this was a good deal.”

Spare the rod, Ruth – and slow down and listen.

Your latest offering was a good start to opening a much-needed dialogue between the legislature and the city, but as you found out you don’t have consensus yet.

And your electorate is not in favor of the disregard with which you’re treating the people you’re supposed to be representing in Raleigh.

Julie Tuggle

Charlotte


Elm Lane is one of busiest roads in south Charlotte; needs repair now

If you read between the lines, last week’s news about progress of the Ballantyne/Elm Lane road project is telling us that more delays are in store – and that if this project gets started by 2014 it will be a miracle.

Meanwhile, the potholes are more numerous, the ruts deeper, and the general condition of Elm Lane – one of south Charlotte’s busiest thoroughfares – worsens each month.

Discussions about the dangerous driving conditions began almost four years ago. Of course, other roads and streets apparently get repaved and fixed more often – whether needed or not.

Jon Schuller

Charlotte

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