In response to “Tea party candidate stuns House GOP leader Cantor” (June 11):
Conservatives like me fed up with Cantor, others like him
Eric Cantor and establishment Republicans have forgotten the voters who sent them to Washington. Conservative voters are mad over compromise, big government intrusion, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
David Brat’s tea party win in Virginia is like the Hickory Crawdads beating the New York Yankees.
In response to “Common Core wrong focus; fix testing, funding” (June 10 Opinion):
Before you oppose it, learn what Common Core really is
Common Core is not curriculum. Common Core is a standard of education, a benchmark.
Common Core simply says the student needs to learn “this” and the school system decides how it will teach “this.”
The standard creates consistency and dictates level of proficiency to be obtained by each grade level.
Learn about Common Core before you decide. Go to www.corestandards.org.
N.C. must not give in to vocal minority on Common Core
Yet another education leader, Duke University’s Kristen Stephens, implores N.C. legislators to stick with the Common Core rather than give in to a few vocal citizens.
Numerous teachers have told me that Common Core does not need to be thrown out. It needs time for the kinks to be worked out, just like anything else.
Perhaps Stephens should have added that her own university faced a similar dilemma when it chose to keep Coach K years ago, even though many were calling for his ouster due to his 38-47 start after three seasons.
In response to “Airport legislation surprises officials” (June 11):
Rucho seems to have a vendetta against Charlotte
The latest maneuver by Sen. Bob Rucho in the N.C. Senate to seize ownership of the Charlotte airport provides evidence that Rucho enjoys warring against the City of Charlotte as much as Satan enjoys warring against the Bible.
In response to “City OKs budget with no tax increase” (June 10):
Repeated fee increases taking quite a toll on my water bill
Charlotte may keep real estate tax rates the same, but water rates continue to rise. A bill from March 2005 charging for 30 water days, water usage of 4 CCF’s, and 32 storm water days cost $24.77. In December 2013, the bill for virtually the same factors was $45, an increase of 81.7 percent. If the rate rises another $2, the increase in nine years is 97.8 percent.
Miles M. Shanley
In response to “On President Obama’s incompetence, we told you so” (June 10 Forum):
Here’s the way I recall good old days of George W. Bush
The way I remember it, President Bill Clinton handed off to Bush a vibrant economy, and Bush handed off to Obama the Great Recession.
Yes, it may come to pass – despite improvements in the economy since 2009 – that Bush’s mess is just too much for Obama to fix by 2016. But
we’re better off with Obama than with John McCain or Mitt Romney, to be sure.
Rock Hill, S.C.
Population of white public school students falling fast
The quest for school diversity resembles the quest for The Holy Grail: passionately sought, never found.
To put CMS’s challenge in a national context: Between 1980 and 2010 the percentage of U.S. public school children who are white declined from 74 to 54 percent. This fall, white students will be a minority of public school students nationwide.
Can there be diversity without white students?
In response to “Bergdahl’s unit dubbed ‘raggedy’ ” (June 8):
By leaving, Bowe Bergdahl failed his fellow soldiers
This article says Bowe Bergdahl’s unit “was sent to a remote location with too few troops...” This makes his desertion – or “walking away” – even more of a loss to his fellow soldiers.
Thereafter he collected his military pay, and was even promoted to sergeant. Susan Rice said he served “with honor and distinction.” Obama honored his parents at the White House.
There’s a lesson in here somewhere.
Robert D. Hoagland
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