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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Courts uphold CMS firing teacher for slap” (May 1):

Teacher who slapped student didn’t deserve to be fired

The firing of Amy Diamond, a respected teacher supervisor and 20-year veteran of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, is an outrage. Everyone who was involved in her firing should hang their head in shame.

Jim Hinkle

Charlotte

Administrators to blame but teacher is taking the fall

Amy Diamond is a scapegoat in a scenario where administrators should have been on top of the situation.

Our teachers have a huge responsibility to keep students safe and orderly, especially during a dangerous situation.

The disruptive student should have been apprehended for disorderly conduct and kept in the back of a police vehicle for the remainder of the bomb threat evacuation.

Perhaps if his parents had to deal with legal consequences for his behavior their attitude might be altered.

Mary Beth Reynolds

Charlotte


In response to “In primary, Tillis, Hagan, Haugh” (April 30):

Tillis may be the lesser of 8 evils, but I won’t settle for him

The Observer endorses Thom Tillis for U.S Senate using the lesser of eight evils argument – the eight GOP candidates – while citing his “destructive policies in the House,” “damaging agenda in the legislature,” and “tarnished legacy.”

Do we really want to vote – settle – for someone who rejected Medicaid for 500,000 poor residents of North Carolina?

Dan A. Hopkins

Gastonia

Much to admire about Tillis, he took N.C. GOP to another level

I’m a life-long Republican. I served in the N.C. House for two terms when all the Republicans in the House could fit in a minivan.

Thom Tillis has fundamentally changed our state. No one has recruited more candidates for the legislature and found money for them to win.

His work ethic is unbelievable. None of his opponents can match his efforts to help the N.C. Republican party.

Ivan Mothershead

Charlotte


Plenty of people were happy

to accept Sterling’s money

Donald Sterling is a flat-out racist and should be condemned, but so should others.

For years the NAACP, NBA, Doc Rivers and Clippers players had nothing but accolades for the man as long as they were able to cash his checks.

Now that the spigot is cut off they are all lining up for their pound of flesh.

If we are going to condemn the racist, let’s also condemn those who enabled him.

Jim Van Meerten

Charlotte


In response to “Inmate dies after execution halted” (April 30):

My sympathy lies with victim, not with botched execution

I don’t quite understand all this concern for the feelings of a convicted murderer.

He had none for his victim.

Stevan Baker

Charlotte

If we’re going to execute people, let’s find a better way

Whether one is for or against capital punishment, these botched executions are a blight on all of society.

Someone please explain: I have gently put three beloved dogs to sleep in their old age. I held them in my arms. They slipped easily from life without any sign of suffering or jerking or any of the ghastly signs these inmates suffered.

If we have these kind, sweet ways of easing our beloved pets from this world, why are these terrible “recipes” used on people!

Patty Broderick

Mooresville


What U.S. really needs is a national water pipeline

Instead of another controversial, environmentally questionable oil pipeline, how about an interstate network of water pipelines, moving water from areas with too much to areas with too little?

We’re surrounded by three huge bodies of water, but California is drying up as Pensacola, Fla. is drowning under 24-plus inches of water.

Again, time to stop debating and start doing.

Jon Schuller

Charlotte


Weather coverage that hypes storms does a disservice

Too often our TV “news” stations confuse promotion and ratings with their public service obligation. In recent years, weather coverage has become the promotional focus.

Every year the hype escalates. A new low was reached this week with hysterical predictions that never materialized.

The credibility hole continues to get deeper, and that’s a real disservice to the residents of the Charlotte area.

Richard Kurlander

Charlotte

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