On bail policy, don’t assume guilt
In response to “It’s about systemic racial injustice” (Feb. 6 Forum):
I believe that bail is permitted while an individual’s final guilt or innocence of a crime remains undecided. The claim “don’t break the law” presumes guilt and seems a bit unfair. Equality of judicial outcomes between rich and poor is open for debate.
Kurt Schulze, Charlotte
I applaud journalism on health center
In response to “NC stops admissions to psych hospital” (Feb. 13):
Thank you Charlotte Observer reporters and editors for reporting about the gross mistreatment of children at Strategic Behavioral Center in south Charlotte. This revelation got the attention of the N.C. regulators who took action. This treatment is not acceptable under any circumstance and I pray for healing for the families involved. I urge our community to consider if contracting these services with money-making entities is worth it.
To be sure, I urge the Observer to continue this investigative reporting and I will renew my Charlotte Observer home delivery for the 19th year to show my support. A well resourced press is integral to a free society.
Betsy Rosen, Charlotte
Bashing Trump won’t be enough to win
In response to “Democratic wave coming? It might be more of a trickle” (Feb. 13 For the Record):
I am predicting 2018 will be a great year for Republicans. The media never gave Donald Trump a chance and he now sits in the Oval Office. As Americans see their paychecks increasing because of President Trump’s tax cuts, they will join the silent majority and pull the lever for the GOP. The only thing the Democrats have going for them in 2018 is their continued hatred of Trump and that will not carry the party in the election.
On education policy, try asking teachers
In response to “NC schools get reprieve on K-3 class-size rules” (Feb. 9):
Regarding the K-3 class size issues, Senate president pro tem Phil Berger states that it was “a problem that I don’t think anybody really anticipated...” It was clear that nearly every teacher, principal and other school administrator immediately saw the problem. Maybe if the legislature did its homework by consulting those affected by their ridiculous laws, such fiascos would be avoided in the future.
I wish future legislative action would work for real improvement in teacher pay, school facilities and school resources to make public education in our state first-rate. Politicians pay lip service to education but rarely act to back up hollow promises.
Kent Rhodes, Charlotte
Light rail will help with UNCC access
In response to “I wish UNCC was more accessible” (Feb. 7 Forum):
The writer is the director of UNC Charlotte Parking and Transportation Services.
Forum writer Ralph Milligan is right that parking at UNC Charlotte can be challenging at peak times.
As a public university, UNC Charlotte is committed to making sure our campus is open and welcoming. Prior to coming to campus, visitors are encouraged to view pats.uncc.edu/parking/visitor-parking for parking options. With the arrival in March of the CATS Blue Line Extension – and the availability of Niner Transit shuttles from two stops on the main campus – it will be easier than ever before to attend cultural, athletic and other events. We hope everyone in the community will visit.
Douglas Lape, Charlotte
Aren’t charter schools good enough now?
Aren’t charter schools good enough now?
In response to “CMS says elected officials can’t use students as props” (Feb. 13):
I am surprised Scott Stone wants to use public school space for his campaigning. He and his party have been great proponents of charter schools, and have taken taxpayer money away from traditional public education to fund the growth of charter schools. Why not have his event in one of those?
Anna Wood, Charlotte
Military deserves better than a parade
As a Vietnam-era veteran, I believe it would be shameful for our great nation to have a military parade because our cowardly draft-dodging president wants to be humored.
All soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice deserve much, much more than to have Trump play like Adolf Hitler.
Jack Bennett, Mooresville