In response to N.C. brain drain (May 4):
Teaching is a profession, not charity work; pay them better
School systems rely too heavily on a teachers altruism.
Teaching requires both subject matter expertise and the skill to transfer knowledge.
Its a full-time job, yet the majority of teachers I know work a second or third job to make ends meet.
Having retired as a senior vice president from Bank of America to pursue an encore career in education, Ive seen both sides.
Teacher compensation does not accurately reflect a teachers responsibilities and the high performance standards expected by the school system, parents and taxpayers.
Heres the headline I wish Id read about teacher salaries
The headline on Tuesdays article Panel: Raise teacher salaries but how? should have been Panel: Raise teacher salaries and NOW!
In response to U.S. teachers less diverse than their students (May 5):
Black children dont need black teachers to excel
I could hardly believe what I was reading when Kevin Gilbert of the NEA was quoted as saying that students are more likely to excel when they can look and see someone who looks just like them...
Isnt that just the opposite of Martin Luther King Jr.s dream?
While striving to close the diversity gap among educators, Mr. Gilbert implies that white teachers, because of their skin color, are less qualified to teach black children. After all these years, is he suggesting we now have segregated classrooms?
In response to Rice cancels speech after protests (May 4):
Conservative voice is just what liberal college needs to hear
The withdrawal of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker at Rutgers University is another victory for the leftist thought police who control most universities today.
The liberal atmosphere of yet another large university will be protected; no diversity of thought nor inclusiveness there. Dissenting voices will not be heard.
And this is what a college education is all about?
Joanna M. Reynolds
In response to Charlotte doesnt plan tax increase (May 6):
Who needs a tax hike when water fees are liquid gold
It is unnecessary to ask the N.C. legislature for a tax increase when money can be raised through increased water/storm water fees.
That water is liquid gold to the Charlotte City Council.
The only way voters can level the playing field: term limits
Why do politicians persist in putting their personal interests first? We, the affected citizens, are an afterthought.
Consider these practices followed by both parties:
• Accepting PAC money
• Misleading/dishonest ads that rarely convey the truth
If politicians fail to be straightforward, then the voters need to intervene to help change their ways.
Term limits are the only way we can be heard. Any politician holding office for more than two or three terms needs to be voted out of office next election.
This years Wells Fargo Championship the best ever
Hats off to Executive Director Kym Hougham, Jan Ivey, Johnny Harris, and all the volunteers who made this Wells Fargo Championship the best ever.
This tournament continues to bring Charlotte national attention and is ranked by players and CBS broadcasters as one of the best run on the PGA tour.
Over the years it has donated more than $16 million to charity.
This tournament is truly the gem in the city of Charlottes crown!
I found nothing to like about vulgar Correspondents dinner
I watched much of the White House Correspondents dinner Saturday evening on CNN.
Now is a time for healing, temperance and civility. It is not a time for mocking others with crude language on TV.
CNN should have rated it TV-MA for mature audiences only.
And Mr. Obama, I find it difficult for the nations president to be involved in something so vulgar. I wish you had at least looked uncomfortable on the platform.
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