N.C. teachers not getting
a fair shake from legislature
The writer is a retired CMS teacher.
N.C. teachers were long ago stripped of their right to strike or collective bargain.
Their well-being today depends entirely on legislative promises of fair treatment and decent wages.
The current General Assembly has broken these promises with a sledgehammer, which begs the question: Is todays treatment of teachers merely an unavoidable result of cutting taxes on the rich, or do GOP politicians just enjoy beating up on groups who are powerless to defend themselves?
Alan J. Hoyle
In response to N.C. may ditch Common Core (April 25):
Step up to the mic and tell the truth about Common Core
Why does not one candidate stand up and tell the truth?
Common Core is not a federal government program to usurp the power of local education leaders. It is not Obamacore.
It is an effort by educators in a number of states to work together to identify the knowledge and skills needed by all students.
If we are to give our students the education they require we must work together with other states and we may even need the federal government to play a facilitating role.
In response to White House combats campus rape (April 30):
Girls grabbing headlines, but boys need protecting too
Why do we have a White House Council on Women and Girls, but no White House Council on Men and Boys?
Its the boys who are most in trouble. Methinks I smell some gender bias here.
Phillip Cooks Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence might provide some balanced reading on the subject.
In response to Another anti-gun alarmist chooses to ignore the facts (April 29 Forum):
Who gets a permit, where they can carry that gun matters
The Violence Policy Center says from May 2007 to present 475 crime-related incidents in 36 states and the District of Columbia were committed by concealed handgun permit holders, resulting in 636 deaths.
Examples include shooting a police officer; shooting a friend during an argument and wounding a child; and mass shootings.
Granted, these involve a small percent of concealed carry permit holders, but it certainly gives us as a society reason to be cautious about who is issued a carry permit and where the weapon can be carried.
In response to If its election season, its time to talk about tax cuts (May 1 For the Record):
Im still waiting to hear what cuts politicians will make
Right on Elizabeth Richardson. Taxes are what we pay for the privilege of living here.
Actually, we Americans are among the lowest taxed people in the industrialized world. Google tax revenue as a percentage of GDP by country.
I base my vote on which candidate can best manage the business of government and meet the publics needs.
As the saying goes, Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.
Robert D. Culbertson
Dont let selfish argument stifle Obamacare success
I find it interesting that most of those who want to repeal Obamacare enjoy the benefit of health care coverage.
Why then are they so against the uninsured having access to a medical safety net?
Is it because they consider health care a privilege theyve earned, instead of a right that should be available to all?
Ours is a generous and caring country. Lets not fall prey to a self-centered argument that says: Ive got mine, youre on your own.
Lets work together to solve race issues; its the only way
I am not here to defend Donald Sterlings racist remarks.
I do, however, find the erosion of privacy alarming.
You dont expect a private phone conservation to be recorded and released to the media for the next high tech lynching.
With the exception of the Jim Crow era, race relations in this country are as difficult and explosive as ever. Often now theyre more sub rosa.
We all have work to do to solve this important problem. Lets get started.
Robert W. Shirley
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