In response to “McCrory launches teacher advisory panel” (Nov. 6):
McCrory, his administration made education issues worse
Gov. Pat McCrory has formed a teacher advisory panel to address education problems. He needs only to look in the mirror, as he is the main problem.
His administration has used its power to reduce funding and personnel from our public schools.
You simply cannot do that and not understand the consequences. Our kids are the ones who will suffer.
I write this as an admirer of the “old” McCrory, but no longer an admirer of the “new” one.
Tom B. Turpin
McCrory teacher panel is a ploy; get down to business
Has the governor even bothered to listen to the teacher concerns that have bombarded him?
We don’t need an advisory council; we need an action council! Gov. McCrory, quit playing games.
You know what is wrong, now do something about it!
Julie C. Blanton
Didn’t vote? You’re about to get the leadership you deserve
To the 82 percent of Charlotte that did not turn out to vote in this week’s election, you may not have voted, but you certainly elected the new mayor and all the at-large candidates.
This is the equivalent of giving a stranger a blank check! Please no complaints when they start spending your money.
You got the government you did not vote for.
In response to “Pittenger joins relief” ( Nov. 7):
Pittenger contributed to hunger problem with SNAP vote
Congressman Robert Pittenger, Republican, says “There shouldn’t be hungry kids in Charlotte.” He did not go on to explain how his September vote to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion prevents that from happening.
SNAP is an important resource in the fight against hunger for our elderly and children.
How nice of Mr. Pittenger to greet motorists dropping off food at Billy Graham Library on Wednesday to try to close the now much larger gap he helped create.
Mary F. Englebert
Minimum wage increase hurts, not helps, economy in longrun
With all due respect to today’s minimum-wage employees, another increase would be a temporary fix only as inflation would soon eat up the increase.
A minimum wage increase would force further increases to other pay levels. Payroll is a major factor in company costs necessitating price increases in everything we buy.
More importantly, the result would amount to a further devaluation of the America dollar.
Like a dog chasing its tail, we never learn.
In response to “Utility deal dispute heads to court” (Nov. 6):
Duke Energy must seize this chance to improve air quality
Our area is among the worst in the nation for air quality. Duke Energy proposes less than 3 percent renewables by 2030.
We read about the terrible air in China, yet they are now at 17 percent renewables.
Duke has the opportunity at this time to move toward a program that will not only provide clean and cheap renewable energy, but guard our health – and provide jobs as new forms of energy ramp up.
Cleaner, cheaper, healthier. What could possibly keep them doing business as usual? Perhaps monopoly control plus large amounts of corporate cash.
In response to “Comparing Obama to Nixon wrong in oh so many ways” (Nov. 6 Forum):
Way I see it, Nixon/Obama comparison was fair
Forum writer Jim Masson took issue with Kevin Siers’ “Nixon clone” cartoon.
Masson asked “Are you implying that Obama did something comparable, or that he is just an inept bumbler?”
I can’t speak for the Observer, but I would say both!
Let’s not forget that Nixon did great things for this country
A small reminder to Mr. Masson: Richard M. Nixon served as a Navy Officer in the Pacific during WWII, was twice elected a U.S. Representative, was a U.S. senator, and spent eight years as vice president.
As our 37th president he reopened relations with China and ended the Vietnam War.
He resigned for allowing wiretapping, something our current president has mastered with the help of the NSA.
So respect the service Richard M. Nixon gave this great nation.
Jose M. Marulanda
My neighborhood near airport is being ignored; time to act
Jerry Orr got behind airport neighborhood buyouts and soundproofing in the ’90s, and life was made better for many. But, the airport also laid claim to our neighborhood – Berryhill/Dixie, between the airport and Lake Wylie – and the city has kept us in mothballs.
As close to downtown as South Park, we have no city water and sewer, essential to development. Our land is devalued, making future buyouts cheaper for the airport. When we want to sell, few are interested due to the uncertainty.
It’s time for the City to deal with the impact of decades of airport growth on our rural community.
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