In response to “CMS chief critical of school funding change” (Aug. 8):
What was legislature thinking? Change will hamper teacher hiring
Why would lawmakers approve a change that clearly inhibits the ability of school districts to anticipate student growth and hire quality teachers?
Planning is already hampered by a poorly orchestrated timeline for the state budget approval.
This latest ploy makes me think that totally eliminating public school funding may not be too far fetched.
In response to “McCrory defends transfer of SBI” (Aug. 8):
McCrory’s defense of SBI switch brings to mind another N.C. governor
Gov. McCrory and the current group that controls the legislature seem to shy away from scrutiny into what they are doing – whether it be investigations into polluted rivers or questionable appointments of unqualified people.
This one-term governor can pretend all he wants, but it’s obvious he’s no different than a certain governor named Easley who sat in Raleigh not too many years ago.
Tax cuts made funding teacher assistants impossible, and that’s OK
A recent Forum writer said “excessive tax cuts have made funding for essential services impossible.” (Excessive tax cuts to blame for current ‘pony show’ in Raleigh, July 23).
Money is fungible. The fact is that tax cuts have made funding for nonessential serves impossible – nonessential services like teacher assistants.
What would be more nonessential? You might not believe this, but there was a day when we didn’t even have teacher assistants. Students still learned – possibly better than with assistants.
Robert D. Hoagland
In response to “Obama authorizes strikes in Iraq” (Aug. 8):
Whatever it takes, Iraq militants, others like them, must be stopped
It seems as if the world has once again forgotten “never again.”
These militants in Iraq and other areas are murdering those who are not like them – using their faith for power.
Somehow, the world needs to stop them and their like.
Mt. Pleasant, N.C.
We owe immigrant kids nothing more than essential aid, a ride back home
Let them in! Let them all in! We need more congested emergency rooms; more gang violence; more disease; more food stamps.
To hell with those who came here legally or are in the process of doing so. Tough patootie to those American children in Detroit, Charlotte and elsewhere who need help.
These aren’t all sweet little toddlers standing in line looking for more porridge! We owe nothing more than humanitarian assistance and a bus ride home.
Non-violent offenders belong in community, making restitution
Recent Forum writers have demanded prison time for offending CEOs and public officials. But the community is better served by keeping non-violent offenders in the community paying fines, doing community service, and possibly getting treatment.
That way the offender emerges a better citizen and taxpayers are not burdened with the exorbitant cost of yet another imprisonment.
In response to “House did its job, now Hagan, her colleagues must do theirs” (Aug. 7 Forum):
Bill passed by Pittenger, the House wouldn’t fix immigration problem
The bill Rep. Robert Pittenger cites not only does little to address the immigration problem, but is harmful to many including the Republican Party.
In a recent PBS interview conservative columnist David Brooks noted that this bill only passed to “sound good on FOX” and has little to do with governance.
The votes exist today to pass the bipartisan Senate immigration bill if the Speaker calls for a vote.
Icahn never intended to make Family Dollar better, just to make money
Carl Icahn bought stock in Family Dollar, as he said, to make it a better company by selling it.
Carl sold his stock for a hefty payout. He was not interested in making it a better company, only in making himself richer.
Good business sense by Carl. He made his hundreds of millions.
Was it morally right? Ask those who may lose their jobs because of him.