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In response to “N.C. public education is set for charter school boom” (Aug. 7):

As charters surge, public schools get more segregated

When discussing social issues we often conveniently ignore the 800-pound elephant in the room. The proliferation of charter schools is a prime example.

Charter schools do not have to offer busing or meals. Not only does this eliminate impoverished students, but it’s serving to resegregate our public schools.

Our Republican legislators very much know what they’re doing by engendering this surge in charter schools. While we are taking one step forward, we are taking many steps backward.

Racial disparity is being guaranteed for the foreseeable future as we “save” our white children from the ravishes of black-dominated schools.

Jeff Hopkins

Charlotte

In response to Kay McSpadden “Poverty and educational success” (Aug. 3 Viewpoint):

Good charter schools will push public schools to improve

Kay McSpadden is correct in saying that diverting money to private schools erodes support of public schools.

But she’s incorrect in saying state funding of public charter schools erodes support of public schools.

N.C. public charter schools are funded at about 75 percent of the level at which regular public schools are funded, thus saving the state roughly 25 percent per child.

Charter schools themselves must make up the missing 20 percent to provide all the services public schools provide.

Whether public charter schools should exist is a separate question. Given that some greatly outshine traditional public schools, I can’t see why not.

I also can’t see why public schools don’t emulate these very successful charter schools. That was the intention of the legislation that created charter schools.

Lou Gadol

Rutherfordton

In response to “Fight over prayer in meetings intensifies” (Aug. 6):

There’s a place for prayer, just not at government meetings

Why is it so difficult for elected officials to understand that, regardless of their political affiliation, upon election they represent their entire constituency? And, that given the parameters of the U.S. Constitution, their chosen religious persuasion and practice have no bearing on government decisions.

Certainly, all lawmakers are within their rights to offer private prayer in regards to their assigned duties. But there is no room in the conduct of the people’s business to introduce sectarian prayer or other religious ministrations.

Rev. J.R. Clark

Davidson


In response to “Baseball suspensions need to be just a start” (Aug. 7 Editorial):

Steroid use in NFL needs attention too; don’t let it slide

Yes, Major League Baseball has a tiger by the tail with the ongoing battle over the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Some big stars have been caught. The story will continue to unravel and the ESPN talking heads will have their platform for righteous indignation.

But what really fascinates me is the lack of outrage and examination of NFL players. That’s where the biggest scandal lives.

Brad Frazier

Cornelius


Don’t want guns in restaurants? Let your favorite spots know

It’s good to see level-headed people express objections to passage of the bill that allows conceal-carry permit holders to take firearms into restaurants.

However, please take the additional step and contact your favorite restaurants and tell them the same. I’ve contacted my favorite spots and they say they intend to post signage prohibiting firearms.

Organizations such as Grass Roots North Carolina are actively petitioning restaurants to allow firearms. Don’t let them speak for the majority!

Douglas L. Hager

Charlotte

Restaurants that allow guns are allowing you to protect yourself

Any restaurant – or other business – that posts a “gun free zone” sign is telling its customers that management does not care if they are attacked in the parking lot or while stopped for gas or at the ATM.

Posting a sign makes them feel good about themselves, and that is all that counts.

Take your business to a place that cares about you!

John E. Lane

Charlotte


All I see is downsides to having US Airways hub in Charlotte

Aren’t we lucky to have a US Airways hub here in Charlotte? Millions of people travel through our airport . We get to enjoy the constant noise pollution from all the flights and get to breathe the toxic air pollution belching out of all those planes.

We even get to pay US Airways some of the highest airfares in the country.

Aren’t we lucky to have the hub in Charlotte? I, for one, wish it would leave.

Jim Shipley

Denver, N.C.

Vote out those who want to take over Charlotte’s airport

The takeover of Charlotte’s airport is like the couple who’ve worked for years to build their dream home. Along comes a man, sees the house and decides he wants it. By some illegal hook or crook he gets the house and puts the people on the street.

That’s what the state legislature is doing to Charlotte.

When we go to the polls, let’s remember to put them out on the streets.

O.B. Price

Concord

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