In response to “CMS board at odds over vacant seats” (Nov. 14):
All-white school board:
Will GOP get its wish?
After many years of trying, Larry Gauvreau, Kaye McGarry and Ken Gjertsen now think they have found an avenue for silencing the African American community.
Denying representation to Districts 2 and 3 and creating an all-white school board would surely be their dream come true.
Next on their agenda: completely resegregating CMS?
Minorities in CMS majority,
but absent on board
What could be more racist and undemocratic than making CMS a majority minority school district with an all-white school board?
In response to “CMS overreacts to posts by teachers on Facebook” (Nov. 14 Forum):
Facebook posts don't meet
teaching's high standards
How can anyone effectively teach these children without prejudice, while referring to them as “chitlins” or to their neighborhoods as “ghetto”?
School teachers (and politicians) are held to a higher standard.
Those who aren't up to it should find another line of work.
CMS puts students at risk
with too few bus stops
The rights and responsibilities handbook says CMS bus stops are school property, covered by school rules. Why doesn't CMS stress safety at bus stops as much as it does on school campuses?
Plenty of kids leave for the bus stop before daylight, which can be seriously hazardous. Just recently a girl was almost abducted in the morning.
I'm a ninth-grader, and I don't own a cell phone. My bus stop is a quarter mile from my house, and when I leave the rest of my family is still asleep. The time between walking out my front door and getting on the bus presents an opportunity for a kidnapper.
I'm not asking for security guards at every bus stop, but CMS should be stingy with bus stop distribution just because of gas prices. The less time it takes kids to reach their bus stops, the less time they spend unattended.
In response to “Banning gay marriage a victory for democracy” (Nov. 14 For the Record):
‘Imposing convictions' is
central to gay marriage ban
Don Fortson claims, “The conservative Christian community has no desire to impose its religious convictions on anybody,” when in fact that is exactly the agenda: The church wants to extend its rules to the rest of society.
Church historian's logic
used often, harmfully
Historically, Don Fortson's logic has been used to champion slavery, prevent women and blacks from voting, ban interracial marriage and force religious concepts into science classes.
Zach and Sally Thomas
tyranny of majority
Proposition 8 is a textbook example of what democracy is not.
When basic human rights can be swept away by a referendum placed on the ballot by petition, what you have is a tyranny of the majority.
There's conservation lesson
in steep decline of oil prices
So the price of oil plummets because of recession-driven lower demand.
Remind me again why our energy solutions need to concentrate more on increasing supply than on decreasing demand by conservation?
In response to “DA not to blame for crime” (Nov. 12 Feedback):
It's not DA's explanations
that angry public wants
Peter Gilchrist misinterprets public outrage as a call for explanation rather than a call for action.
Fight for funding for your office over parks and sidewalks, Mr. District Attorney.
What good are such luxuries if no one feels safe enough to use them?
In response to “Work just starting for 49ers football” (Nov. 14):
UNCC football boosters
have work cut out for them
Even in the best of times, few around here have supported UNC Charlotte with passion or pocketbook.
Now football will be the stimulus package to do so? Hmmm. Maybe we need a community organizer.
Next election, let's have done
our homework ahead of time
Begin watching the meetings of City Council and county commissioners on TV until you are familiar with each representative's ability and effectiveness. Next election, they won't be just a name with more money and gab than their opponents.
Miriam G. Dunbar