Keep it up and N.C. will have a hard time finding good teachers
Shocking, isnt it, that our state government deems it an investment in a childs future to freeze teacher salaries, eliminate tenure and discourage teachers from the profession?
North Carolina should be ashamed for treating the educators of todays youth this way.
Teachers work long hours, work on weekends, and spend their own money in their classrooms. They invest love, time and compassion in the children they teach. The least North Carolina could do is make a serious investment in them!
This state will soon find there is a shortage of teachers to meet the needs of students in days to come!
In response to Silencers now legal for N.C. hunters (Aug. 1):
Allowing N.C. hunters to use silencers puts others at risk
How does a bill allowing N.C. hunters to use silencers fit the agenda of smaller, less intrusive government?
Do we really need legislation that could endanger someone who doesnt hear the hunters gunfire, when the hunters could simply wear noise-protective headsets like those used on airport tarmacs?
In response to The danger and value of revealing secrets (Aug. 1 Editorial):
No new law needed; First Amendment covers it all
Thursdays editorial suggested Congress needs to write a law protecting the news media from government interference.
This desire is based on the unprecedented police-state activities of the Obama administration against reporting and leaks.
Since its not just the media that needs to be protected from its government, but all people of the United States, I suggest the following, which should suffice:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Any language beyond that will act to allow government more leeway in its nefarious activities, not less.
In response to Environmental groups target coal ash threat (July 24):
Coal ash is a threat; dont let Duke off the hook on clean up
Duke Energys coal ash ponds are a stain on North Carolinas landscape and a burden on North Carolinians health.
Coal ash ponds left over from the Riverbend power plant on Mountain Island Lake leak dirty, nasty toxins into our water supply every day and Dukes recent settlement ensures Duke wont have to do anything about it in the near future.
The N.C. Division of Water Quality has written Duke a blank check to continue to endanger the health of North Carolinians for a long time.
In response to Abortion clinic closed by state (Aug. 1):
Abortion law changes protect women; raise clinic standards
As one who counseled abortion-minded mothers and peacefully protested at abortion centers for 40 years, I applaud the legislatures commonsense law protecting vulnerable women.
Through my work I saw ambulances take women away after botched abortions and spoke to women who had witnessed unsafe health conditions.
While the Observer calls it abortion politics, honest people recognize the need to regulate this lucrative, bloody business. Higher health standards for abortion centers, banning gender-selection abortions, respecting the conscience of medical personnel and demanding abortionists be present during an abortion arent political, just reasonable.
The enabling relationship between media and the abortion business has long been obvious. When will they report on abortion truthfully?
In response to Bias revealed in daily criticism of Republicans in Raleigh (Aug. 1 Forum):
Reporting isnt unbalanced, but legislatures policies sure are
Sadly, there are those who either cannot see or refuse to see the apparent unbalanced policies being crafted by the current N.C. legislature.
These policies simply seem to benefit primarily the wealthy and corporations. North Carolina is Open for Business, yet closed to her constituents.
The Observers reporting simply highlights the obvious.
Upton Sinclair once said: Its difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary or continued lifestyle depends on his not understanding it.
Albert W. Moses
In response to Joe Nocera Lawyers harmful business model (July 31 Viewpoint):
Lawyers share blame for loss
of trust in U.S. justice system
In his 2009 book Life Without Lawyers, Philip K. Howard, claims that modern law is the main cause of societys decline.
As the number of lawyers in America doubled from 1970-2000, common sense and concern about our common good declined.
Americans no longer trust American justice, with good reason as the BP case cited by Joe Nocera exemplifies. And lawyer jokes are no longer funny.
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