In response to “UNC hears blistering report” (Oct. 23):
Fault lies with university and not with student athletes
What has been happening at UNC Chapel Hill over the last 18 years is a complete embarrassment. It’s hard to blame the student athletes though. The problem is the university.
If a kid can’t do the work, don’t admit him or her, regardless of how well they can shoot a basketball.
Or, if basketball is that important then let them in and stop claiming to be an elite academic institution.
Remember, bulk of UNC grads did not take the easy road
The writer is a UNC grad.
The shocking revelation that over 3,100 UNC students were enrolled in classes of little substance ignores the record of the other 286,000 living alumni.
The other 98 percent – the teachers, lawyers, nurses, doctors, bankers, accountants, journalists, clergy and social workers who are the leaders of our community – received rigorous, comprehensive educations and worked extremely hard to earn their degrees.
We should, however, hold 100 percent accountable those in academia and the athletic department who allowed this program of deceit to thrive.
Let knowledge, not sporting skill, reign supreme at UNC
The final question becomes who works for whom – the coach for the chancellor or the chancellor for the coach?
And if the chancellor is top dog, what is the desired end product, a learning institution or a sports school?
I vote for the place where knowledge reigns supreme. And if that means the chancellor’s sports recruiters must tell parents their child is a real whiz at sport “X” but hasn’t attained the requisite level of learning abilities to complete college courses, then so be it.
Knowledge lasts a lifetime, a sporting skill is only temporary.
In response to “Bumpy pavement makes for unsafe driving on part of I-485” (Oct. 22 Forum):
Here is what’s really needed
on I-485: Slower drivers
Now that we’ve been informed about the uneven pavement and dips near the storm drains on I-485, here’s an idea: Slow down!
In response to “Sales tax approval would help educators now” (Oct. 24 Our View):
Better communication could bring raises teachers need
The quarter-cent sales tax doesn’t do what teachers need. However, some pointed dialogue between CMS and Mecklenburg County will.
For two years I’ve sat in on CMS’ Intergovernmental Relationship Committee and heard constant complaints that CMS and the County have few early conversations about the budget. That’s why we have CMS budget drama each May. No quarter-cent tax will ever fix that.
A “no” vote will tell CMS and the County that if they are serious about funding teachers, they need to be in budget discussions all year long, rather than pointing fingers in July.
In response to “How we see the appellate races” (Oct. 24) and related articles:
Voters need more information to make wise judicial choices
I take the time to get all the info the Board of Elections provides on lower-level, local judicial candidates, but that is no more than a resume and a one-paragraph quote from each.
Is it considered a bad thing to know how a judge feels about crime, punishment, social issues?
The most powerful judges in the country – Supreme Court justices – are hand-picked by the president based solely on their political slant; voters should have all information about all candidates.
Candidates using Ebola scare tactics aren’t fit for office
Some candidates are seeking political gain by scaring their constituents, rather than by leading with reason. This is particularly the case with Ebola.
If an infectious airborne disease that would spread across the U.S. existed, would these candidates call for groundingflights from cities where it began? This disease would surely kill over 20,000 people in America, not just one person as is the case with Ebola.
This disease is the annual flu. Presumably Republicans want to block all flights from the West Coast for two months, until the plague passes this year.
These politicians are shameful, and not fit for public office.