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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Boone business executive charged in 3 hotel deaths” (Jan. 9):

Others also to blame in hotel deaths; charge them too

I somewhat agree that Appalachian Hospitality Management president Damon Mallatere shares some of the responsibility for the unnecessary deaths of the three innocent people, but the real question is with whom?

After the first deaths, why was the hotel allowed to remain open until the investigation was complete?

Charges should be in order for all of those who did not do their job, officials or not.

Claude Dill

Concord


In response to “Al-Qaida-backed gains in Iraq concern U.S. Army commander” (Jan. 8):

Lessons U.S. should’ve learned in Vietnam being ignored in Iraq

So the bad guys are back in Fallujah. No surprise!

It was the same in Vietnam – run them off, they come back. The reason: neighboring sanctuaries. Pakistan is Cambodia.

Did we, or will we, ever learn?

Tim Duncan

Belmont


In response to “Let states use federal funds to create programs for the poor” (Jan. 9):

Put focus on better educating poor, preparing them for work

We do not need another program for the poor who are underpaid and undereducated.

We really need to support schools to educate for the work-world, including adult education.

We will pay one way or the other. It would be more efficient to do it right the first time.

Mary Heddens

Charlotte


In response to “Judge: NSA phone surveillance legal” (Dec. 28) and related articles:

Collecting phone data of teens, senior citizens benefits no one

Dear Mr. President, will you please explain how the collection of metadata from every American teenager and senior citizen’s cell phone is protecting the United States from terrorism?

Also, how do you define “reasonable”?

Oneal Wallace

Charlotte


In response to “That 2-hour delay CMS set didn’t really warm anyone” (Jan. 8 Forum):

Take it from a teacher, 2-hour delay was needed, appreciated

If you had read the paper, checked the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website, or received the Connect-Ed phone message from the district, the 2-hour delay was not placed in order to warm up the students.

Staff and bus drivers reported at the regular time; this allowed the custodial staff and bus drivers to ensure that everything was in working order for students, parents and teachers.

I am a CMS teacher and found the executive decision to delay school both insightful and respectful. Our students arrived safely to schools that were ready to receive them.

Holley Hamilton

Charlotte


In response to “North Carolina deals with textbook funding cuts” (Dec. 17 and related articles):

Our textbooks are so old George Bush is still president

I’m a fifth grade teacher in Hickory City Schools and I agree with the need for new textbooks.

We’ve not been issued new textbooks in at least six years. The Social Studies book we use still has George Bush as president.

I have many students from non-English-speaking homes who don’t have a computer at home, much less Internet access.

Administrators tell us to find teaching resources on the Internet, but many of those require membership fees that usually come out of the teacher’s pocket.

All of this has been made worse by North Carolina adopting Common Core standards, but not giving anyone new resources to teach them.

Brian Siemering

Hickory


In response to “Gov’t: Most school discipline need not mean court” (Jan. 8 CharlotteObserver.com):

Time for overzealous school discipline policies to go

I was glad to see the Obama administration start the process of removing zero-tolerance standards in our schools. Such policies often created incredibly silly school administration responses to minor infractions.

I was most amused when some reacted positively, but said, “where are we going to get the money to train everyone on the new standards?”

Folks, use some common sense, which you may have thrown out the window 15 years ago.

John O’Neill

Huntersville


New Year’s advice for elected officials from a rocket scientist

Open letter for the New Year to all elected legislators:

Perhaps you have missed a fundamental truth about our system of government. Like eagles and airplanes, we have a Right Wing and Left Wing. If these two wings do not work together, we crash.

You should not need a rocket scientist to point this out to you.

Ron Bryant

Norwood


Stop throwing your trash in my yard; my heart can’t take it

I am 85 years old. I’ve picked up trash thrown in my yard for over 25 years. My heart is bad now and I can’t pick it up any more. Please don’t litter my yard as you drive by.

It is such a privilege to have been born in the United States. Let’s keep our streets and country clean and beautiful.

God Bless our nation.

Dot Kirby

Charlotte

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