In response to “N.C. may ditch Common Core” (April 25):
Don’t dump Common Core; N.C. already ranks near bottom
The proposed replacement of Common Core standards with lower North Carolina standards will add to the “Republican Trifecta” for schools in our state: 46th place in teacher pay, 48th in per pupil spending, and dead last in teacher salary growth over the past decade.
Some in GOP could learn a thing or two from Meck BOE
While some Republicans seem eager to suppress voter turnout, it’s worth noting that in the upcoming primaries Mecklenburg is offering the most hours of early voting of any of our state’s 100 counties.
For that, thank the county Board of Elections, made up of two Republicans – chair Mary Potter Summa and secretary Elizabeth M. McDowell – and one Democrat, Carol Hill Williams.
“We have more and more people wanting to early vote, and we felt there was a need for it,” Summa explained.
Too bad Republican legislators lack a similar commitment of service to voters.
In response to Leonard Pitts “ ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ still resonates” (April 24 Viewpoint):
Pitts glorifies impact of
the Occupy movement
In his latest installment Leonard Pitts gripes aplenty but arrives at no journalistic point whatsoever, express or implied.
So he’s deciphered “The Grapes of Wrath.” So have I. So have millions. We get it.
Pitts, however, manages to be “gratified” by the Occupy movement and swoops lower still to describe these self-defiling, wandering, wannabe anarchists as “... the sounds and actions of people waking up.”
We are left to guess what they awakened to. More booze and drugs? Their cumulative stench?
The Occupy bunch may have awakened, but it was probably sometime after lunch.
In response to “Stowaway shows holes in security” (April 23):
Hawaii stowaway is no hero, he should have been arrested
This article seems to create sympathy for the 15-year-old boy who stowed away to Hawaii in the wheel-well of an airplane.
Yes, the fact that he survived is amazing. But let’s not make a hero out of this kid. And for heaven’s sakes, let’s not encourage someone else to try it!
To me, the fact that he was not arrested for doing such a stupid thing is unfortunate and equally amazing!
Lake Wylie, S.C.
In response to “FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash” (April 23):
I find it sad that when tragedy strikes we’re so quick to sue
If I hadn’t lived long enough to know better, I’d find it odd that the relatives of victims lost to tragedy soon after the event try to extricate enormous sums of money from the party they deem guilty.
Of course it isn’t always their idea, but that of lawyers smelling the intoxicating scent of dollar bills.
Still, it’s another fine example of our noble species’s covetous proclivities, which seem to trump the most stirring emotional ties.
In the end, but for the exception, it’s never about justice, but personal enrichment.
Michael E. White
In response to “Gun carry rights expanded in Ga. under new law” (April 23 CharlotteObserver.com):
Georgia’s new gun law endangers the innocent
For this silly law we will risk accidental shootings, collateral murders, innocent children on a field trip hurt because of someone’s mistaken identity, and employees snuffed out by a disgruntled co-worker while trying to make a living.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and this hell-bent group of Republicans are showing they’ll do anything to carry a gun, even if it endangers the innocent and unarmed.
You won’t have to be half a world away like the doctors in Afghanistan to be affected. It could happen just a state away. What about next door?
In response to “Garden Parkway falls low in new rankings” (April 25):
Widening of I-85 should take priority over Garden Parkway
Steve Harrison’s excellent article on the Garden Parkway’s support by some Gaston leaders after its dismal ranking shows that not even that ranking will persuade them to abandon it.
The economic miracle Garden Parkway supporters promised Gaston County has been dispelled by the rankings.
Widening of I-85 ranked 16 of 399 projects. Why can’t these people support something that is proven to help?
James S. Walker
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