No more taxpayer-funded upgrades
According to recent Observer articles, one in four Charlotteans lives below the poverty line and the homeless are being driven out of uptown.
What a perfect time to donate $87.5 million to the Carolina Panthers and $42 million to the Charlotte Hornets!
Now, our elected geniuses will give us an opportunity to vote for a huge bond debt and a tax increase in November.
Little wonder that productive folks are exiting Charlotte!
In response to “CMS unveils Beacon Initiative” (Aug. 13):
Yet another CMS study when we already know the answers
It is well known that the challenge that these “underperforming” schools face is concentrated poverty.
CMS data show the student poverty rate at these 14 schools averages 87.2 percent and ranges as high as 97.3 percent.
The already-existing research that shows children in such schools fail to achieve is voluminous, as are the many possibilities for alleviating the effects of poverty.
So why another study? Merely a cynical desire to kick this can farther down the road?
Araminta S. Johnston
In response to “Influx of immigrant children will hurt U.S. schools” (Aug. 10 Forum):
Work ethic of immigrant kids
surpassed their U.S. peers
As a former CMS high school teacher I would have welcomed additional refugee and immigrant children into my classrooms.
I found most of them to be more hard-working, cooperative and appreciative than their American peers, despite having to overcome language barriers and lapses in their education.
If only our kids would emulate their work ethic. Do not blame them for the difficulty Americans have getting a good education.
Shine a light on depression; too many lives destroyed by it
We’ll never know what caused Robin Williams to despise his own life to the point of deciding that his best option was to end it. But the fact that he has joined so many others in making that same decision should call for more than short-lived discussions and awareness of the problem.
Too many lives are being destroyed by the demons of depression whatever the reason.
In response to “Harris Teeter denies PETA’s allegations” (Aug. 13):
Cows need better care and consumers need the truth
I watched the video given to PETA by a whistle-blower – it was horrifying.
Instead of playing the blame game, Harris Teeter, Piedmont Milk Sales and Osborne Dairy Farm need to acknowledge these cows are being abused and customers may well be drinking contaminated milk.
If these businesses are going to continue to make money off of cows, they have a duty to make sure the animals are treated as humanely as possible and the products they’re selling are safe.
In response to “Paying for the 2003 invasion” (Aug. 13 Viewpoint):
Eugene Robinson’s partisan take on Iraq ignores the facts
Eugene Robinson and many Democrats are revising history regarding our entry into Iraq.
He fails to mention the many Democrats who supported the invasion, Bill Clinton included, certain that Saddam Hussein had WMDs.
How we handled the victory was poor. How Obama handled the pull-out was disgraceful, with giving the enemy our game plan. He defied his generals, and now it seems Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well.
Robinson is so partisan he forgot, or purposely left out, these facts.
Peter J. Augusta
U.S. has special responsibility to protect innocent in Iraq
I am 76 years old and came to the U.S. in 1962 as an immigrant after serving as an ROTC Second Lieutenant in Taiwan.
For 60-plus years I’ve read the Detroit News, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Charlotte Observer. I can honestly say the Eugene Robinson piece published in Wednesday’s Observer is the best I have ever read, especially the last two paragraphs.
William H.K. Chu