N.C. home-school regulations too lax, missing teen is proof
The nation now knows about the missing teen from North Carolina – missing nearly two years without having been reported missing.
If she had been in a public school system, someone from the school would have questioned her whereabouts.
But she was home-schooled, and even her adoptive mother said on national TV that N.C. home school requirements are very lax and did not require accountability for this teen.
North Carolina should return to requiring all children to attend public or accredited schools before more of our children fall through this crack.
City’s closing of Trade Street for streetcar prep infuriating
Trade Street and Elizabeth Avenue have been partially or completely closed for months on end in the name of doing electrical and stormwater work to prepare for the streetcar line.
One of the purported rationales for the streetcar was “development” along the route. This never made sense, as the Trade Street portion, and much of the Elizabeth Avenue portion, was already fully developed.
I now understand: Keep the construction going so long that all businesses along those routes fail, making it ripe for redevelopment.
What other explanation can there be? The Observer ought to be asking the City what gives – and let the rest of us know.
Timothy M. Stokes
In response to “The showdown over the shutdown” (Aug. 22 Editorial) and related articles:
Push to shut down government over Obamacare is irresponsible
Shutting down the government or defaulting on the debt is anarchy. It is irresponsible to advocate such ideas as a leader of our country.
Irresponsibility is also not a “conservative” value. To be conservative implies that you believe in order and stability.
To be conservative implies that you are not interested in upheaval or societal dysfunction.
There is not much that passes for conservatism today that my grandfather would recognize.
A mistake to rush Obamacare, we’ll all pay a high price later
It’s sad that the rush to just “get it done” on Obamacare outweighs the importance of doing it wisely and properly.
Of course it’s always easy to modify it, delay part of it, apologize for the errors – after the whole poorly written law creates numbing changes in how companies and individuals have to deal with it.
In response to “Rebels: Chemical attack killed hundreds” (Aug. 22):
Don’t repeat mistakes of past, get facts on Syrian attack first
The United States needs to do three things in this matter:
1. Be absolutely sure a chemical agent was used.
2. Be absolutely sure we know which side used the agent.
3. Take immediate and severe punitive action against the user.
Chemical agents are way over the line. War is bad enough without adding to its brutality.
Let’s not go off half-cocked like we have done at times in the past.
Robert M. Burroughs
Pass the farm bill now, land conservation programs at stake
The writer is a Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor.
Time is running out for Congress to pass a five-year farm bill. Only eight legislative days remain before the deadline.
In Mecklenburg County we have 200-plus farms, huge nursery operations, land in conservation, and soil erosion and stream pollution we need to deal with.
Failure to pass a farm bill means potentially devastating cuts to conservation funding, as well as funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, and grassland programs.
Producers deserve a long-term framework to manage their land, resources and businesses.
Not passing a farm bill will have serious, irreversible impacts on the future of conservation in America.
Voting law changes put N.C. in another league, not a good one
With its full inventory of voter suppression laws added to its blatant gerrymandering, North Carolina Republicans have moved the state into a league with those other paragons of electoral democracy, such as Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Russia. Nice going guys.
‘Doing what they were elected to do?’ This voter disagrees
North Carolina’s lawmakers are swiftly and thoroughly implementing decisions that negatively affect minorities, the poor, the unemployed, women and teachers via dramatic changes to voting procedures, public aid, pay cuts and freezes, etc.
In response to the outcry from those opposed to these measures, I’ve heard N.C. politicians accuse the opposition of being “sore losers” and call the Monday protests “Moron Mondays.”
Some of them have also said they are just doing what they were elected to do.
I am not sure who they are representing, but it sure isn’t me.
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