In response to “Reinvigorate city’s arts, culture sector” (Dec. 4 Editorial):
Eliminate the ASC middleman; let people give to arts directly
The Cultural Life Task Force should significantly reduce workplace giving and provide opportunities for people to give directly to the many wonderful arts, science and history organizations in our communities.
The Arts & Science Council should shift its mission from serving as a third-party broker to one of assisting in trumpeting direct donations to these musicians, actresses, writers, painters and poets who make art.
There should be no detours to people giving directly from their heart to what they are passionate about.
John H. Clark
Time has come to make public education a for-profit venture
Everyone would like our public school system to improve. Maybe a better system would be to let private enterprise educate students for a profit.
Why does our public school system have to operate like our health care system, postal system and most other government programs? Follow the example of private schools, UPS, Fed Ex, and many other private companies.
Competition should improve quality at a much lower price.
In response to “A cheap way to help N.C. children: Reach out and read” (Dec. 5 For the Record):
Men especially needed to help struggling students read
I volunteer in a fifth grade literacy class at Billingsville Elementary. Students in my reading group are eager to read.
We need more volunteers – especially men – to give some of their time to support literacy. A few hours a week can make a real difference. If you can’t give your time, give a book.
In response to “The Benghazi syndrome” (Dec. 4 Viewpoint):
No Benghazi cover-up? You’ll have a hard time convincing me
I understand why Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, a foreign service officer in Libya, would defend the course of action taken by the American Embassy and say that Lindsey Graham’s claim of an administration cover-up is counterproductive.
But you cannot tell me with a straight face why former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although Ambassador Christopher Stevens asked numerous times for immediate military aid, could not deliver on such an urgent request.
Yes there was, and is, a cover-up, and Boduszynski and the administration are part of it.
In response to “Health care site enrollment jumps after fixes, source says” (Dec. 5) and related articles:
Despite GOP bluster, demand
on HealthCare.gov grows
Despite all the huffing and puffing by the Republican Party to blow the Affordable Care Act down, all that is left is hot air – and health care for all gaining more ground.
Greater resources needed to help fight child abuse
The writer is president of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.
Recent Observer coverage of the child abuse case in Union County led me to reflect on how a sound investment in our community’s future requires that all children have the opportunity to grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities.
We know that when families have the support, knowledge and skills they need to provide nurturing homes, children thrive.
In the Mecklenburg area, there are effective programs helping parents every day. Care Ring and Thompson Child & Family Focus offer great evidence-based parenting programs. But, their capacity is far less than the need.
If we are going to truly prevent abuse, we must provide better prevention resources throughout our state so families can find supportive programs as early as possible. Our future depends on it.
In response to “Justices won’t stop N.Y. online sales tax” (Dec. 3):
Make Internet sales taxes the same as brick and mortar
Why do governments have to do things the hard way? If I drive to Alabama and buy something, I pay sales tax in Alabama. The store there doesn’t charge me N.C. sales tax. The reverse is also true.
Instead of trying to force businesses and individuals to enforce thousands of local laws, shouldn’t we just change the law so that Internet transactions operate like transactions in the real world?
It would simplify the collection and enforcement of these taxes. Let’s keep it simple; just change the damn law!
In response to “Record crowds, but less spending, on Black Friday” (Dec. 2) and related articles:
Sad to see so many rush out on holiday to buy material things
With the Black Thursday/Friday frenzy behind us, it saddens me to see how enslaved we’ve become to material things.
Is a big-screen TV really more significant than sitting down after Thanksgiving dinner and listening to grandma/grandpa reminisce? The warmth of family gathered ’round in mom’s dining room – this is what you’ll want to remember about Thanksgiving, not the 50-inch TV you scored.
So please retailers, next reconsider your decision to open next Thanksgiving.
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