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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Chiquita merger talks date to 2011” and “Costs for film incentives increase” (May 1):

Why N.C.’s film incentives beat Charlotte’s dalliance with Chiquita

The relationship between Chiquita and Charlotte reminds me of the man about to cheat on his wife. As he and his dalliance are meeting in secret planning their tryst, since nothing’s been physically consummated, he feels not a whit of guilt both denying infidelity to his wife, and promising her the moon, stars and at least 10 years more of devoted faithfulness.

I prefer the bump-and-run liberal movie makers. Hire the people, spend the money, pay the taxes, THEN get the government rebate.

Albert So

Charlotte


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

Fearful of lessons that student learned in CMS firing of teacher

While trying to protect its students, CMS failed miserably in this case.

Instead of teaching the boy to respect authority, CMS illustrated to this youth that he can ignore direction by those in authority, act as rudely and he wants, create chaos and not suffer a single consequence for his actions.

Instead of possibly using this occurrence as an example to him, CMS bolstered this child’s defiant attitude. An attitude that will soon, if not already, cause him to cross the path of someone that doesn’t have as much restraint as Amy Diamond did.

As society slips further down the dark rabbit hole of reliance on big government to provide everything, holding no one responsible for choices and actions, it should come as no surprise the “blond-haired boy” walks away from this as the victim.

Christopher Gray

Waxhaw

CMS, N.C. Supreme Court missed an opportunity for a teachable moment

The writer is mayor of Concord and a retired public school principal.

With National Teacher Day on Tuesday, May 6, I read about the State Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ dismissal of teacher Amy Diamond with a sad sense of irony.

The student’s vulgar outbursts, aggressive behavior, and contempt for authority should have been dealt with much earlier. The school board and district administrators should have let it be known that this behavior would not be tolerated. Now a veteran educator with excellent evaluations has lost her job and the student is still enrolled in school.

What a shame for all the other students, faculty, and staff who were repeatedly subjected to his behavior. Talk about a teachable moment.

Scott Padgett

Concord


In response to “N.C. may ditch Common Core” (April 25):

Rejecting Common Core means uncompetitive N.C. students, workers

The decline in North Carolina’s social stature under GOP control has been astounding. But the decision to reject the Common Core is truly unbelievable.

If the legislature succeeds, they will eventually have to enact a law that requires that N.C. jobs be filled by N.C. graduates. They won’t be competitive with students from other states and abroad.

I am much more confident in a curriculum for the future resulting from the collaboration and study of people the caliber of Bill Gates, versus a group of GOP political appointees.

David Gilliam

Weddington


In response to “Comment was racist, but this is a matter of personal rights” (May 1 Forum):

Glad Donald Sterling’s ‘free speech’ was trumped by NBA’s bylaws

While I appreciate Mrs. Stockard’s opinion of freedom of speech, where she goes way wrong is her defense of Donald Sterling’s “freedom of speech.”

Mr. Sterling is in the company of a very few elite business owners who must comply with the bylaws of the National Basketball Association. The leaked tapes were just the last of a long list of infractions.

I applaud Adam Silver for his swift and heavy hand.

Celeste Lupo-Hack

Matthews

With all the problems we’re facing, who cares about Sterling?

Here we are sitting on the brink of WW III, national insolvency, 47 million people on food stamps, with Bank of America having paid more than $60 billion in settlements, fines and penalties, and a president who ignores the Constitution, and what is dominating the news? A recording of racist statements by a fool named Donald Sterling!

Top, front-page coverage encourages the real racists in America to again play their race cards, when most Americans couldn’t care less about the NBA or Donald Sterling.

Don Reid

Charlotte

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