In response to N.C. students try for school vouchers (June 26):
On vouchers lawmakers ignore separation of church and state
The schools these parents want their children to attend are overwhelmingly Islamic and Christian schools.
Using public money for this purpose is a clear violation of the First Amendment: Separation of church and state.
Does the N.C. legislature not realize this?
Charter school salaries should be public, just like mine was
The writer is a retired Union County sheriff and former N.C. House member.
During my 36-year career in local and state government service my compensation was public record and published several times in newspapers. I had no problem with that as it was the
publics money and I worked for them.
Charter school teachers are also public employees and their salaries are also public record. All should be treated the same.
In response to Backers rallying for film program (June 26):
Film industry incentives create beneficial ripple effect in N.C.
I recently spent time in Wilmington as an extra on a set. I saw firsthand countless benefits of the film industry being in North Carolina.
Producers told me if incentives are eliminated, theyll go to Chicago, Atlanta, or back to LA.
While filming, I witnessed the caterers, transportation people, businesses being used for filming, hair and make-up people, casting agencies, etc., employing hundreds of people.
I cant figure out for the life of me who thinks giving jobs to the people in our state is a bad idea?
In response to Wanted: CEOs at citys decision-making table (June 29):
Airport is proof Charlotte needs CEOs at government table
If government leaders elected to lead Charlotte were capable and competent we would not need CEO assistance at the table. But clearly the city and county need CEO help.
Why? Charlotte Douglas airport is Exhibit One.
In response to Cant trust cost estimates for toy trains like Red Line (June 29 Forum):
Look beyond rider receipts to many other benefits of light rail
Either Forum writer Stevan Baker has never ridden the Blue Line, or he refuses to believe what he sees out the windows.
Count up all those apartments and multiply that times approximately l.5 cars that wont be on the roads not to mention all the additional property tax.
Toy trains, indeed!
In response to Price for rail line rises by $215M (June 27):
Use high-capacity buses like London; light rail too costly
London has modern, double-decked, stretched, segmented buses that carry many more people than a LYNX car.
We could have the same, at a fraction of the projected cost of light rail, and become known as an innovator. Their bus system is part of what makes London a world class city.
Dont pay the high right-of-way and construction expenses for light rail. Use high-capacity buses over existing roads.
In response to Obama to seek border controls (June 30):
Obama failed on border control, now he wants $2B more
Can President Obama demonstrate to us any more just how bad he is at running anything?
Hes asking Congress for $2 billion more of our tax dollars so our southern border can be more secure.
Perhaps he could do better by explaining why his administration hasnt enforced laws already on the books.
Or, explain whats been done with money and resources already allocated for border control.
Throwing more money at problems his policies created isnt the answer.
Invent alarm to prevent deaths of children left in hot cars
It isnt rocket science, so why hasnt a car seat been designed that will set off an alarm if the driver gets out of the car and doesnt unbuckle the child?
I cant imagine it costing more than $500, even though parents would willingly pay more.
How much is your kid worth?
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