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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Thanks to Charlotte community for a fine ACC experience

The writer is commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Following a successful 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, I write to extend my appreciation to the City of Charlotte.

As a league, we appreciate the enthusiasm with which the Charlotte community embraced not only the game, but our surrounding events. You provided terrific hospitality and a first-class event for our players, coaches and our member institutions. We appreciate all the groups that rallied around our Championship and devoted an incredible amount of energy to its success.

I hope everyone enjoyed this year’s game along with the many special events that surrounded our 48-hour celebration of ACC football. I know I speak for our institutions, and specifically our football programs, in thanking the entire Charlotte community for helping to create such a positive experience.

John D. Swofford

Greensboro


In response to “Many stuck with fast-food jobs are paying for poor choices” (December 9 Forum):

A better explanation for those stuck in low-wage jobs

It was interesting to note the author’s view that entry level positions were designed for those new to the job market who lacked the requisite skills or experience to secure a higher paying position. He further stated that they were never intended for those who “wasted their youth.”

The reality is that since the recession high-wage and mid-wage jobs have failed to reach pre-recession levels while low-wage jobs have surged. The percentage of profits going to individuals as personal income has been on a downward trend for approximately thirty years. I’m not sure that all of this can be attributed to teen pregnancy, missing school and getting high.

Kenneth Thompson

Charlotte

Ladies & gentleman, our ‘illustrious’ senator on Twitter

On Dec. 8, our illustrious senator, Bob Rucho, posted the following tweet in response to a tweet about how some in N.C. will be paying higher taxes:

“BackwardNC & other liberal weenies, your level of economic ignorance surpasses your lack of integrity and zero credibility.”

Next time just call us poopieheads and really show the voters just what an immature bully you are!

Way to keep it classy, Bob.

Jack Flynn

Charlotte


In response to “Confirm Mel Watt for housing agency” (Dec. 10, Our View) and “Watt set to win job as regulator” (Dec. 10):

Mel Watt the beneficiary of politics over good governance

Mel Watt leads a charmed political life. For years he held the congressional seat in a geographically ridiculous district that was gerrymandered so only a black could win it. Now the Senate dumbed down the legislative rules so that he can be appointed to a top banking position for which his only qualification seems to be that he has a checking account.

Once again, politics wins over good governance. What else could we expect from the current administration?

John Petrie

Fort Mill


In response to “Are corporations really taking over our kids’ education?” (Dec. 9):

Business approach to education is harmful to classrooms

Contrary to Anne Michaud’s assertions, many opponents of the business-driven education “reform” movement object not to business per se, but to the way that the current “business approach” to education has harmed American students by narrowing curricula, promoting teaching to the test, sucking life out of classrooms and driving excellent teachers out of the profession.

I am appalled with this short-sighted approach, which pays far too much attention to so-called “data” and far too little to the realities of schools, schooling and the challenges our children will face when they leave the classroom.

Pamela Grundy

Charlotte


In response to “Longing for a land line, a VCR and a Tab, thank you” (Dec. 10 Viewpoint):

Technologically ‘incompetent’? Maybe, but I’m not lacking

I enjoyed Alexandra Petri’s article on technologically incompetent Boomers. I don’t worry about things I can’t work, but my children do, frequently insisting that I can’t get along without a “pad” or that I should be reading from something other than a book or newspaper.

Last year, I took my son to see my bees. He took 500 pictures, stuck them in my computer somewhere, and showed me how I could “access” them any time. I haven’t, and I can’t. But I had the real bees. Last Christmas, our visiting children seemed glad to put aside their strange devices and play a fierce game of Scrabble (1948 technology). They may have been patronizing us, but we don’t mind.

Ken Burrows

Charlotte


In response to “Board: Fracking data is needed” (Dec. 7):

We shouldn’t be in the dark when it comes to fracking

Regarding the practice of fracking: Since when does the “right” of anyone to introduce possibly hazardous, toxic, and extremely dangerous chemicals into our air, water and ground outweigh the right of the public and the EPA to know exactly what chemicals are being injected into our environment?

This is our land, air and water! We have a right to know what we’re being exposed to!

Gerry Randolph

Rock Hill

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