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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “N.C. assault on public education” (Jan. 8 Viewpoint):

More money from N.C. lottery must go toward teacher pay

It is immoral how North Carolina treats teachers, and in so doing, our students/children!

With cries of poverty from our state and wrongful prioritizing of spending, is the N.C. “Education” Lottery even making a dent? Or – as was feared – is it being used to replace and reduce the state’s financial contribution?

In fiscal 2013 the lottery contributed only 45.8 percent of its proceeds to teacher pay, limiting this to K-3 teachers.

In these times of education crisis, more money needs to be allotted to teacher pay!

Ellen Martin

Charlotte

Spend time in a public school; impact of budget cuts is clear

Viewpoint columnist Deborah Gerhardt was spot on in her criticisms.

I encourage everyone to volunteer for just half of a day at your local public school. Talk to the teachers. So many of our educational problems are so self evident it will feel like a slap in the face.

Our legislature should remember that inadequate investment leads to diminished educational returns and students who will ultimately be unprepared for our modern world.

Martin Kreshon III

Charlotte

In response to “How N.C. can pay teachers” (Jan. 7 Viewpoint):

Will take spending cuts to bring N.C. teacher salaries up to par

Gov. Jim Hunt said his administration spent more than $1 billion in a five-year period to increase N.C. teacher salaries to the national average.

He implored Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly to do the same. But Gov. Hunt failed to mention where the money came from.

We all know it will have to come from one of two sources: We must increase taxes or reduce services/cut spending/reallocate the money.

N.C. teacher salaries are substantially below the national average and should be increased. I vote for the latter method to accomplish this.

Kenny Colbert

Huntersville

Hunt failed to mention that he, too, froze teacher salaries

Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP leaders in the General Assembly are committed to N.C. teachers and to raising teacher pay.

This is a top priority, and I’m certain we will see swift action.

While former Gov. Jim Hunt outlines a laudable goal, he does not include the fact that in the face of a distressed economy, he froze teacher pay as governor in 1982!

Linda Jones

Charlotte


In response to “Obama pushes jobless benefits” (Jan. 8):

Job situation doesn’t jibe with rosy picture Obama painted

Currently, unemployment benefits are paid for a maximum of six months. The president wants to extend that by three months.

In his support, he says the long-term unemployed are not lazy. If they are not lazy, why can’t they find jobs?

Were the economic claims and statistics presented by the Obama administration prior to his 2012 election accurate?

Were the statements made by President Obama during the debates that the economy was on the rebound just another “You can keep your doctor” claim?

Steven E. Davies

Charlotte

Bad idea to cut unemployment, ease immigration at same time

Congress cuts long-term unemployment checks for millions while advocating immigration – importing more laborers from other countries.

In what bizarro world does this make sense?

I’m a big fan of immigration, – we all came from somewhere else – but let’s do it legally. That way nobody is exploited, as many are now.

People say current immigration laws do not work. Well, when you don’t use them, of course they don’t work.

Rick Wingate

Mooresville


War on Poverty has failed,

I blame progressive policies

We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. We have lost.

Trillions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on “progressive” programs with the hope that those living in the lower income strata will somehow be lifted into the middle class.

These attempts, while seemingly noble, are destined to fail and are clearly outside the scope of government control or responsibility. It is an attempt to equalize outcomes rather than opportunity.

It is one thing to treat a person as equal. It is quite another to try to make them equal.

Tony Capranica

Stanley


In response to “Women about to lose what they fought hard to obtain” (Jan. 7 Forum):

Don’t count me among those Roe v. Wade supporters

Lorraine Stark, please don’t clump all women as in favor of the Roe v. Wade decision.

It actually started the moral decline because it took away the consequences a woman would have due to her sexual decisions.

Roe v. Wade devalued the life of a human being. It placed more value on one person versus another.

Ann Marie Lloyd

Charlotte

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