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We can increase teacher pay now or pay higher price later

Besides the pure and simple “rightness” of increasing combat pay for teachers, won’t it be cheaper in the long run than building more prisons or increasing welfare enrollment?

If kids aren’t taught by competent teachers, they won’t have a chance at becoming legally self-sufficient.

Glo Kearns

Charlotte

In response to “CMS says teacher raises not enough” (May 5):

If teachers don’t like their pay, they can look for another job

The Observer says the average salary for a third-year CMS teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $35,418. That’s with over two months off.

I work six days a week, 52 weeks a year, no weekends off, and no benefits for about $25,000. I don’t particularly care for my job, but I do it.

As I see it, teachers are way better off than me and millions of other Americans.

If you don’t like the pay, then find another job. Believe me, I’m always looking.

Shawn Jackson

Charlotte


In response to “Familiar faces take the Democratic bid” (May 7):

Meck voters smart to re-elect Pat Cotham to county board

The voters of Mecklenburg County are to be congratulated. They recognized that Pat Cotham deserved to be re-elected.

During her first term she did what had to be done to “right the ship” of county government. She ruffled feathers, but voters obviously recognized that we are in a better position today than when she was first elected.

Thank you Pat Cotham and Mecklenburg voters.

Chris Turner

Charlotte


In response to “House Democrats protest plan for Benghazi panel” (May 7):

Dems don’t want White House cover-up on Benghazi revealed

Could it be that the Democrats don’t want to learn the truth about Benghazi because they already know what happened and why?

Knowing that, they must know that the evidence of a White House cover-up, for purely political purposes, is compelling.

Four brave Americans were murdered and the Democrats don’t care? Wow! That tells the whole story.

John E. Lane

Charlotte

Still waiting to hear why GOP didn’t secure embassies better

Apparently the Republicans have a lot of idle time on their hands in between votes to dismantle Obamacare.

Perhaps they would like to tell us why they turned down a White House request for additional security at our embassies. And why there were no investigations during the Bush years when 13 embassy attacks resulted in more than 60 deaths.

We’re awaiting a GOP reply.

Joseph Pepe

Charlotte


In response to “Conservative voice is just what liberal college needs to hear” (May 7 Forum):

Cowardly of Rice to cancel her speech at Rutgers University

Forum writer Joanna Reynolds has it all wrong. It is Condoleezza Rice who needed to hear the students at Rutgers.

It was cowardly for her to cancel her trip there.

The students simply wanted to do what the mainstream media and Congress have failed to do. They, like many of us, want Ms. Rice and the rest of the Bush administration to be held accountable for their lies leading up to the Iraq War.

When will people wake up and realize that America will not regain its greatness until Ms. Rice and her partners in deception answer for their actions?

Chip Whittington

Mooresville


In response to “Business tax plan concerns Charlotte” (May 1):

Scrap the Business Privilege License Tax, it hurts business

Years ago Charlotte wanted to tax businesses on their gross sales instead of net profits.

After a bitter fight the Business Privilege License Tax was capped at $2,000, until 2005 when the cap was raised to $10,000 per year.

The N.C. General Assembly should scrap the tax completely because it punishes companies for doing business in the city of Charlotte.

Jim Cherry

Charlotte


Machine gun billboard reflects poorly on Charlotte, it must go

I was horrified to see the “learn to shoot a machine gun” billboard near the airport.

I hope it does not contribute to a shooting incident like Columbine or Newtown.

Can the company not turn down advertising that’s not in the public’s interest?

How can this be happening in Charlotte with all we spend to make this a great place to live?

Virginia Stone

Charlotte

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