In response to “Grad rate rises to new high at CMS” (Aug. 9):
Lower graduation requirements no recipe for success at CMS
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools seems to have adopted an unusual recipe for “success.”
No doubt if CMS continues to reduce the requirements for high school graduation, the graduation rate will rise even further!
How long will the people of Charlotte allow this farce to continue?
In response to “Job recruiter sees fallout from legislative fights” (Aug. 9):
Negative perception matters, means less money for N.C.
North Carolina looks more like the Old South. Gov. Pat McCrory please remember, perception is reality. Go ahead, keep the state in turmoil, and watch the money flow elsewhere.
T. Lee Keene
In response to “Stadium security tightened” (Aug. 8):
Keep in mind stadium security fears pale in comparison
When you settle into your seat at Bank of America stadium after enduring the searches mandated by our “siege” mentality, be grateful that you aren’t a civilian in Pakistan or Yemen, looking skyward as a drone from a foreign nation prepares to blow you to pieces for reasons unknown.
When you hear of terror alerts, ask yourself why would anyone want to harm Americans? We’re a peace-loving people who would never bring harm to innocents in another country.
In response to “Leaning in, without fear” (Aug. 4):
It’s fallacy to believe that ‘women can have it all’
The business women of Charlotte are to be commended on their commitment and hard work to get where they are today.
I am sure they have inspired many along the way, both women and men, to be better leaders in their respected jobs.
However, it is one of the falsehoods of modern day thinking that a business woman with children can have it all, and be successful in both domains.
If you work full time, someone else must raise your children. So, while you “can have it all,” it’s a far cry from doing both things right.
Solution to immigration issue already exists. It’s E-Verify
We have an immigration problem because American citizens are willingly breaking the law by hiring those here illegally. It’s really that simple.
As long as E-Verify is not mandatory this will continue. But there has not been one word from Congress on E-Verify. Why?
E-Verify will solve so many of our problems.
Editorial cartoon depicted
Bank of America unfairly
The writer is president of Bank of America’s N.C. and Charlotte markets.
Your Aug. 8 editorial cartoon accepts unproven and false allegations as fact. It is also unfair to the thousands of hard-working Bank of America employees who call Charlotte home.
Our record of support for this community belies your unfair portrayal of us as Snow White’s wicked witch. Last year, we extended nearly $230 million in new credit to N.C. small businesses, and our charitable foundation gave almost $12 million to local nonprofit organizations.
Our more than 15,000 local employees pledged $3.5 million to United Way and volunteered more than 190,000 hours on a wide range of critical issues.
At the heart of the recent allegations and your unfortunate cartoon is the contention that we failed to provide adequate information to large financial institutions who were active participants in the mortgage securities markets. We believe these claims are without merit.
Charles F. Bowman
I implore N.C. First Lady to speak up for disenfranchised
In June, N.C. First Lady Ann McCrory won praise from state legislators for her principled advocacy of a bill that would protect dogs in puppy mills.
I entreat her to expand her advocacy to include the 500,000 low-income people who’ll go without health care coverage because her husband refused Medicaid expansion.
I ask her to advocate for the unemployed whose benefits will be cut drastically; for teachers whose pay will remain stagnant; and for those whose right to vote is being threatened by a GOP majority that seeks to suppress Democratic turnout.
Please speak for them, Ann. They seem to have no chance otherwise.
In response to “Customers like me collateral damage in Dish/Raycom battle” (Aug. 9 Forum):
Dish Network trying to keep costs down; I’m in favor of that
I applaud Dish Network for trying to keep costs down. I keep a $25 table-top, over-the-air antenna that pulls in the signals from all the local channels in our area. I can’t see Raycom charging any more for something they give away for free.
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