New CMS plan is final straw for me. I’m out.
In response to “With work ahead, split board approves CMS assignment plan” (May 26):
CMS, once again you have damaged the trust the community has in your system. Your recent changes to school zones will result in many great families leaving CMS. This will result in a lower funding from the state due to the decrease in students.
Once again you are losing the wrong students – the top tier grade-wise.
Just too many poor management decisions for my family to stay at CMS. Sorry, bye-bye.
Keith Hurley, Charlotte
It’ll take more than diversity, CMS
In response to “CMS changes to cost $12.6M; busing costs still unknown” (May 18):
“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” is a wise statement.
In the name of diversity Mecklenburg citizens will be forced to pay an additional $12.6 million plus the cost of fuel and vehicles to transport some students long distances, which increases traffic woes and further pollutes our air.
Diversity may bring together students of various socioeconomic groups, yet this will do little if anything to increase student initiative and achievement unless students have equal family support.
Frank Harrington, Charlotte
Work to prevent another Sandy Hook
On Dec. 14, 2012 my life changed. I was at my work desk just down the street from Sandy Hook Elementary when the alerts began to pour in.
Hours later we learned that 20 young children and six educators were dead at the hands of a 20-year-old resident of our town who forced his way into the school with firearms, including an assault riffle.
In our first year in Charlotte, a student brought a handgun to our child’s high school in his backpack. This year, a student wrote a threat on a bathroom wall, indicating a school shooting was to take place.
We need to bring programs to our schools and communities that help identify the signs and signals before a shooting happens – and intervene.
Tim McCleary, Charlotte
So many leaks, so little follow through
In response to “Trump calls for investigation of leads into terrorist bombing” (May 26):
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of “leaks.” When one happens an investigation is launched, but that’s often the last we hear of it.
I want to know what the investigation found. Was the person fired, prosecuted or both? Or, did the investigation just die?
Come on man!
Bob Burroughs, Charlotte
Media must stop aiding our enemies
I don’t mind a fair discussion about what the president did or didn’t say in his meeting with Russian officials, but where is the criticism when national newspapers repeatedly break stories revealing heretofore undisclosed intelligence methods?
Early in the war on terror the New York Times published a “tell all” story about U.S. use of cellphone surveillance of terrorist groups. What a great public service by the Times in aid of our enemies.
Mac Blankenship, Woodleaf
Insurers use illness to make a profit
I encourage business executives to cut their health insurance costs by building on the Medicare model. Out of every dollar they spend for employee health insurance, 3 cents goes to their own agents, 20 cents to the insurance company, and 10 cents to providers for communicating with the insurance company – 20 percent more in administrative costs than Medicare.
To be a great country we could be providing health care as a service, not relying on insurance companies to use illness to make a profit.
Zach Thomas, Charlotte
Another way to think about Memorial Day
War is a grizzly business. That the men and women we honor today served bravely is certain. That they gloried in what they were doing when they killed others is not.
The economic, cultural and environmental costs of our current wars run into the trillions. The cost in lost lives, limbs, and human trauma is inestimable.
Flags, bugle taps and poppies are all fitting Memorial Day tributes, but the best way to honor those who died is to work to see that diplomacy is given the highest priority by our government and to look for ways that this human-caused plague will end once and for all.
Joe Moran, Durham