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In response to “N.C. ex-mayors slam partisan district mapping” (May 9):

About time someone tackled gerrymandering in N.C.

Thank you former mayors for looking into this despicable practice of gerrymandering, one that would make even its namesake, Elbridge Gerry, blush.

As a long time conservative, I cannot wait to vote Democrat in the next election.

The entire lack of understanding by the Republicans about North Carolina’s education situation, including teacher raises, boggles the mind.

One of those most negative about the teacher pay system is N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte. Unfortunately, he is safely ensconced in his gerrymandered district so we are stuck with him.

Carl J. Hamm

Charlotte


In response to “ ‘Reading problem’ plagues N.C.” (May 9):

N.C. must stop asking teachers to do much with nothing

An important first step in solving academic failure in North Carolina would be for our state legislators to adequately fund books, worksheets, paper, and other learning materials for the schools.

Asking teachers to accomplish anything with nothing really doesn’t work.

L.C. Coonse

Granite Falls

In response to “If teachers don’t like their pay, they can look for another job” (May 8 Forum):

Before you slam teachers, their salaries, walk in my shoes

Teachers work 10, not 12 months, for their pay and must stretch it to last a year.

I completed six years of college for a master’s degree, which is not required but highly recommended.

I must renew my certification each year during my time off and pay most of the cost myself.

Most importantly, I babysit, teach, cajole, and generally watch out for your children seven hours a day, and if lucky, I get 24 minutes for lunch.

It is the most demanding job I’ve ever had, but also the most rewarding. I cannot imagine doing anything else.

I would, however, love to be paid appropriately and be appreciated by the public.

Narisse Bravard

Rutherford College, N.C.


In response to “Charlotte doesn't plan tax increase” (May 6):

If it walks like a tax, talks like a tax, then call it what it is

Many people breathed a sigh of relief because Charlotte doesn’t plan a tax increase for next year.

However, increases in water rates and stormwater fees are proposed.

No politician wants to go on record favoring a tax increase, but additional fees seem to fly under the political radar, and no one is ever called to task for raising them.

This sure looks like a tax and feels like a tax, so let’s call it a tax.

Lee M. Rea

Charlotte


In response to “Bruton not Charlotte’s only emperor with no clothes” (May 8 Opinion):

Stadium wouldn’t exist if not for undeniable public support

It appears Keith Larson is ignorant of Panther stadium history.

On July 1, 1993, then Richardson Sports began to privately fund the first sports venue in history selling Permanent Seat Licenses. By day’s end, 15,000 pieces of mail were received selling all 8,314 club seats, 104 suites, and a total of 41,632 seats.

Soon, 63,000 of the 73,000-seat stadium belonged to PSL owners. This undeniable public show of support directly led to the NFL awarding Charlotte the Panthers.

Larson can have a beef with the recent facelift funding, but please recognize the private taxpayers who put the stadium there in the first place.

Ross C. Levin

Charlotte


Those touting Tillis as a moderate are way off the mark

Thom Tillis believes the state has the authority to ban contraceptives. He supports a “personhood” amendment that would grant legal protections to a fertilized egg and ban some forms of birth control.

Some pundits and news reports are already referring to Tillis as the moderate candidate.

He is the establishment candidate. However, on a host of issues, especially reproductive rights, he is in lock-step with the extremists in his party.

Elizabeth Crowther

Charlotte


Red-light cameras reduced accidents, bring them back

Red-light running is getting worse and worse. We need the red light cameras back.

It was documented that accidents were down dramatically at intersections with cameras.

For those who worry about “Big Brother” watching you, get over it! You’re on camera nearly everywhere now.

Can we please, please, please get the red light cameras back – before somebody dies!

Frank Koconis

Matthews

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