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In response to “GOP split over budget” (June 26):

McCrory, Tillis taking the lead on education. Time to acknowledge that

In the political world where everyone is busy talking past each other, Gov. Pat McCrory and Speaker Thom Tillis have shown that leadership includes listening and learning.

They have listened to and learned from our state’s best teachers, principals and superintendents to set a path forward that values teachers while making reforms that put children’s education needs first.

After a year of headlines berating the lack of support for public education, you’d think their leadership would be the lead. Instead the headline and article decry “GOP split over budget.”

The strong leadership of Gov. McCrory and Speaker Tillis is the real news of the day.

Jeff W. Brown

Charlotte


In response to “N.C. House blocks names on charter pay” (June 27):

Charter schools get taxpayer money, should disclose salaries and more

This is another ploy to privatize public education and open it up to greed and corruption.

Charters should disclose all information about employees, salaries, etc.

N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter, not surprisingly a Republican, is on the wrong side of education. If the N.C. Republican party has its way, public schools will go away in our state and our children’s education will totally be handled by private entities with absolutely no oversight!

Gary DeShazer

Charlotte


Spread cost out, charge a small toll for all lanes; that way everyone pays

Letting a private company collect the money for an N.C. toll road is all wrong!

West Virginia has had tolls for more than 30 years – but on all lanes.

Set it up so that everyone using Interstate 77 pays a small toll, which would go toward road upkeep.

Having a high toll on only one lane will do nothing to relieve congestion.

Very few people will use the toll lane because of the high cost, but will continue to drive in the existing lanes now clogged with commuter traffic.

Sheila Evans

Charlotte


Tired of dodging roll-out bins strewn across my street; do a better job

Every week following garbage and/or recycling pick-up, my neighbors and I are forced to maneuver streets littered with the empty roll-out containers.

Though we leave our containers in our yards a few feet from the curb, after being emptied they’re almost always set down onto the street – sometimes blocking driveways.

Why can’t the containers be set in the position from which they were lifted?

Donna Maria Gaither

Charlotte


Obama immigration policies amount to free passes for undocumented

Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson said “there is no free pass,” but his statement to the parents of the thousands of undocumented immigrant children pouring across our borders at the invitation of the Obama administration was designed to deceive.

These children have been given free passes. This is another phase of Obama’s desire to fundamentally change America.

If you are in favor of open borders for gangs, drug dealers, terrorists and people who do not speak English to walk freely into our country, vote for Hillary in 2016. She will complete the transformation.

Shirley Eaker

Denver, N.C.


Fracking threatens N.C.’s precious water supply; it isn’t worth the risk

We just witnessed the result of government/industry chicanery with the coal ash ponds. Are we really so stupid as to give them another chance to destroy clean water?

What’s the rush on fracking, and why all the secrecy surrounding the chemicals used in fracking?

Humans can adapt to dirty air, and somewhat dirty food, but dirty water will kill us every time. So Raleigh, what are you hiding, this time?

Rick Wingate

Mooresville


In response to Our View “EPA court ruling is a win for public” (June 25 Editorial):

Regulating emissions will drive up costs, hurt the poor most

It is clear fact that replacing the electricity from coal power plants with far higher cost wind mills and solar cells is raising the cost to the consumer, industry, and society as a whole.

This cost increase will hurt the poor the most. Making the poor more poor has a very significant and very cruel health component.

It’s too bad newspaper editors, political leaders, and the Sierra Club make so much money they can afford not to care.

David Lucht

Mooresville

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