In response to “McCrory plan would revamp teacher pay” (May 8):
McCrory pay plan will send experienced teachers fleeing
Gov. Pat McCrory has found the answer to teacher pay. Give all the newer teachers a 7 percent bump, and maybe the older, more experienced teachers something.
This ensures that the more expensive teachers will look elsewhere for a position, thus solving the budget problem.
You’ll no longer have that larger expense, and you’ll be able to hire the less expensive teachers.
In response to “U.S. teachers less diverse than their students” (May 5):
N.C. must work to attract, keep the best teachers of all races
Kevin Gilbert of the NEA suggests students would do better with teachers of their own color.
It’s 2014, Mr. Gilbert. In 1972, Charlotte was the country’s model for school integration. I’m a product.
Black or white, all students would do better if North Carolina would keep teachers from leaving and entice better and more teachers to our state with competitive salaries.
John K. Maxwell
In response to “Scrap the Business Privilege License Tax, it hurts business” (May 8 Forum):
Delete more taxes and who’ll pay for all these services?
It’s amazing that some want to scrap all these taxes, but they require all these services.
Some of these revenue streams are vital to fund police and fire protection, social services, garbage pick-up, and even tax administration, just to name a few.
If you delete too many revenue streams, don’t be surprised when the state adds $200 to your vehicle tag fee.
The funds have to come from somewhere. Let’s be reasonable.
W. Randall Lemly
In response to “Hagan-Tillis battle draws nation’s eyes” (May 7):
Hagan, Tillis have a third opponent, he’s Sean Haugh
The writer is a candidate for N.C. House District 104.
I would like to remind Observer editors and the voters of North Carolina that there will be a third name on the November ballot: My friend and fellow Libertarian, Sean Haugh.
While some people might say that Sean has little chance of winning, the fact remains he is the candidate of a political party that is legally recognized by the State of North Carolina.
I find it unfortunate that the Observer chose not to mention Sean’s name in Wednesday’s print edition.
Antibiotic resistance requires our immediate attention
The hidden and most serious epidemic facing us worldwide is cases of infection that antibiotics – traditional and not-so-traditional – can no longer combat.
The “Frontline” television program pointed out Tuesday night that more people in America are dying from incurable infections than from AIDS.
Because this illness hits no specific demography, there are no special interest groups that rally on the steps of the Capitol to draw attention to it.
Not to offend my gay brethren, but this is a perfect case of “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
Until our government – federal, state and local – pays more attention to the silent majority, the humble masses will continually be shortchanged.
In response to “Machine gun billboard reflects poorly on Charlotte, it must go” (May 8 Forum):
Billboards should be allowed
to target responsible users
Forum writer Virginia Stone fears the machine gun billboard could lead to another Newtown or Columbine.
I share her horror. I saw a billboard offering flight instructions and fear it could lead to another 9/11 hijacking. This should also be taken down.
Or, maybe people who abide by the law should be allowed to advertise their business to consumers who use products responsibly.
In response to “Davidson scrubbing historic perk” (May 8):
Upside: Now Davidson students will learn a new skill
In discontinuing the 90-year tradition of free laundry service for students, Davidson College will inadvertently be adding a new course to its curriculum: Home Economics.
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