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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

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 teacher’s altruism.

Teaching requires both subject matter expertise and the skill to transfer knowledge.

It’s 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, I’ve seen both sides.

Teacher compensation does not accurately reflect a teacher’s responsibilities and the high performance standards expected by the school system, parents and taxpayers.

Robin Siczek

Charlotte


Here’s the headline I wish I’d read about teacher salaries

The headline on Tuesday’s article “Panel: Raise teacher salaries – but how?” should have been “Panel: Raise teacher salaries – and NOW!”

Yvonne Cregger

Salisbury


In response to “U.S. teachers less diverse than their students” (May 5):

Black children don’t 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...”

Isn’t 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?

Vicky Conrad

Davidson


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

Charlotte


In response to “Charlotte doesn’t 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.

Oneal Wallace

Charlotte


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:

• Gerrymandering

• 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.

Charles Newton

Charlotte


This year’s 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 Charlotte’s crown!

Roddy Broadnax

Charlotte


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 nation’s president to be involved in something so vulgar. I wish you had at least looked uncomfortable on the platform.

Arthur Lightbody

Waxhaw

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