In response to “Senate votes out Common Core” (June 6):
Gov. McCrory, don’t let N.C. down on Common Core, stand by your words
Despite Gov. Pat McCrory saying that the vote to remove Common Core is “not a smart move,” he has no plan to veto it.
My hopes have been dashed. I thought our governor was beginning to get some backbone. However, this move puts him back to “puppet” status.
Does he need to be told that as governor he has real authority, unlike his years as mayor of Charlotte?
Common Core isn’t the enemy, shouldn’t be a political football
The problem with Common Core in North Carolina has been implementation, not content.
Teacher training was inconsistent and parents were ill-informed. Common Core also included technology and other materials that weren’t funded.
Education has become the new bugaboo in North Carolina, and Common Core is the latest enemy.
What will be gained by spending time and resources to generate new standards when library, textbook and supply budgets have been gutted?
Are new standards an educational emergency or political grandstanding?
In response to “U.S. Attorney, FBI: Cannon case not closed” (June 4) and related articles:
The more I read, the deeper Cannon’s betrayal of the public trust runs
The more I read the more underhanded former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon sounds. What a betrayal of the public trust. Shame!
A backhanded thanks to Tillis, McCrory from a Calif. taxpayer
As a California taxpayer, I thank House Speaker Thom Tillis and your Duke Energy governor for donating N.C. tax dollars to help pay our Medicaid costs, and especially for refusing to accept our tax dollars to pay for your rural hospitals etc.
Culling the rural poor like defective livestock hardly comports with the Sermon on the Mount. But between honoring Christ on the one hand and pacifying the tea party, Art Pope, and the Koch Brothers on the other, Mr. Tillis didn’t hesitate.
As North Carolina has chosen to be donors, not takers, thanks again!
In response to “Continuous wave of scandals prove president is inept” (June 5 Forum):
GOP, spend less time inventing scandals, more time on vital issues
I suggest to Forum writer Michael Wallace that Republicans should spend less time inventing scandals in their attempts to injure President Obama, and more time confronting the real challenges that face the country.
In response to “Senate reaches broad VA deal” (June 6):
Glad to see proposal to fix VA problems, but other issues remain
I’m pleased that there is a congressional proposal for hiring additional VA medical personnel, and also that the next secretary will have greater authority to fire employees for incompetence.
But will the new hires now be licensed appropriately in the state where they work? Will qualified veterans receive top priority in the hiring process over non-veterans?
In response to the D-Day series (June 1-6):
D-Day stories touched me like no others I’ve read in decades
As I read the veterans’ personal words about their involvement in the D-Day invasion, I thought of my own dad. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps sergeant stationed in the Panama Canal zone during the war.
I wish I had recorded the stories he shared with us. It’s so important to treasure these stories so they can be shared with future generations.
Thank you for the tribute paid to these very brave soldiers!
In response to “I speak from experience; wear a bike helmet, concrete hurts” (May 29 Forum):
N.C. has a law requiring kids to wear bike helmets; start enforcing it
In my neighborhood, and surrounding neighborhoods, many kids ride bikes in the street and it’s rare to see anyone wearing a helmet.
Last week I saw four boys, ages 10-12, riding without helmets on a sidewalk next to Albemarle Road during rush hour.
Helmets are required for kids 16 and under in North Carolina. Unfortunately, the law is rarely enforced.
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