In response to “Changes put few seats in question” (May 4):
Here’s real voter fraud – political gerrymandering
It’s ironic that the same politicians who were so concerned about some elderly grandmother voting without a photo ID have effectively hijacked democracy for themselves through the use of gerrymandering. Right now it’s the Republicans who are benefiting the most from drawing up voting districts into bizarre jigsaw pieces, but both parties have been guilty of this self-serving practice over the years. Voter fraud indeed.
In response to “N.C. Brain Drain” (May 4):
State must stop treating teachers like welfare recipients
Thank you for your insightful, heart-wrenching article. I left Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools three years ago for many of the same reasons that Mr. Hartzell is leaving. I miss teaching. I miss my students. I miss the sense of purpose I had. In my final year, CMS was trying to design a merit pay system, and then offered a modified WIC program to its employees to help them cover expenses during the summer. If North Carolina wants to save its education system it needs to stop treating teachers like welfare recipients and start treating them like the hard-working professionals they are.
H. Kevin Opela
McCrory handling education issues better than Bev Perdue
I moved to Mecklenburg County in 2008. I taught school in another state and planned to teach upon my arrival at my new home. During Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration, there were fears that 500 or more teaching positions would be lost in the county due to funding. I thought applying for a teaching position would be useless.
We certainly needed a change.
As a registered independent, I see that Gov. Pat McCrory has foresight and aspirations to improve the education system, and not just throw out money to please Democrats, which seems to be status quo these days.
Larry A. Singer
Pols should be ashamed of how they’re treating teachers
As a teacher educator I’ve had the privilege to see, firsthand, what gifted teachers do to change and, in many cases, save the lives of children. I just read another story of a teacher, deprived of fair compensation and dignity, rise up and walk away. If we can’t shame N.C. politicians with our voices, we need to shame them with our votes.
In response to “CMS says teacher raises not enough” (May 5):
Schools get more than their share of county tax dollars
Forty-nine percent of our county taxes go to CMS, and yet we hear cries that this is not enough. Parents, school officials and others compete to win the most negative attack award directed at taxpayers and elected officials who confirm the amount is sufficient.
Here are some suggestions to assist CMS: (1) mandate that parents bring a disciplined student to school, allowing teachers to teach, not discipline, (2) address CMS management and cull out the dead, inefficient employees, (3) demand that state and county officials bill Mexico for the educating of its citizens, and (4), if these measures don’t bring results, look for a private alternative for the management of our schools.
In response to “Was it murder or act of war?” (May 2):
Time to retire re-enactments, South’s homage to Civil War
Can we please at last bury this Southern “homage” meme regarding the loathsome (and far distant) Civil War? We are way past the sell-by date for honoring deluded ancestors goaded by parochialism and racism into mass insanity. Next up: Jim Crow and its legacy.
In response to “Gay partnerships often far more ‘moral’ than others” (April 30 Forum):
God knew what he was doing; He spells out sin in Bible
Surely, Forum writer Rev. Ralph Milligan does not think God is naive. After all, He is the One who judged gay sexual behavior (Lev. 18:20; Rom.1:24-32; Lev. 20:13; Jude 7). Both old and new testaments condemn this practice.
Illegal immigrants violate law; they should be deported
I am sick and tired of hearing immigrants belly aching about damaging immigrant families when illegal immigrants are deported. What do they think happens to American families when a parent commits a crime and goes to jail. We are a nation of laws. They apply to everyone.
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