Kids need to learn about sexual health
In response to “NC parents urged to keep kids at home to protest sex ed” (April 23):
On Monday, some parents kept their children home to protest their learning about sex education in schools and about LGBT persons.
It is beneficial for children to learn about sex to protect their sexual health. Without this subject taught in the classrooms today, consequences, such as unwanted pregnancies, economic grief or sexually transmitted diseases will continue. Are these the results the parents want for their children’s sexual well-being in the future?
Lorraine Stark, Matthews
Get used to handling business online
In response to “If this is DMV’s way of saving money...” (April 22 Forum):
Is not including a return envelope in your DMV renewal really a crisis worthy of Forum consideration? It’s 2018. You can renew online in five minutes from your cellphone. And most of us do. Kudos to the DMV for discontinuing this old world technology and saving trees. We invite Ms. Nofsinger to come live in the 21st century.
Ken May, Charlotte
Don’t discount barriers to mobility
In response to “Don’t put affordable housing everywhere” (April 18 Forum):
Dickie Benzie thinks that with enough education and work ethic our ‘born poor’ can actually become prosperous.
Perhaps Dickie Benzie does not know that black families have only a fraction of the wealth white families have, which hinders their opportunities for mobility. This inequality is a direct result of many forms of institutional racism from restrictive house contracts, racial profiling, biased standardized tests, segregation and the GI Bill of 1944 denying many of its benefits to blacks.
Yes, “Our nation was built on the concept of equal opportunity for all…” But when will it finally become equal for all? For blacks as well as Latinos?
I wonder how many opportunities Dickie Benzie’s parents and grandparents had that were denied to their contemporaries.
Middle class needs financial aid too
In response to “My dream college said yes, but I can’t go” (April 22 Viewpoint):
Regarding Jennifer Cone’s article, 22 years ago, my son Scott was a top Myers Park High student and aced the IB exams. As a single mom, I couldn’t afford to send him to any of the six top engineering schools he had been accepted to so I sought financial aid.
He didn’t qualify for help because my assets (including separate savings for each of my three kids) were too high. If I hadn’t saved, he would have qualified and I wouldn’t have had to scrimp all those years. Parents who didn’t save got financial aid! It’s just not fair, and all the schools agreed but wouldn’t do anything about it. Financial aid rules need to be changed to help bright, middle class kids.
Janet Shell, Charlotte
Honoring Pat Taylor’s Charlotte legacy
North Carolina lost one of its finest public servants when former Lt. Governor Pat Taylor, Jr. passed away this week. Charlotte will be forever indebted to Pat Taylor because his foresighted annexation law enacted in 1959 allowed Charlotte to continue to grow and prosper through annexation when other American cities were stagnating within fixed borders.
David Erdman, Charlotte
Politicians haven’t fixed N.C. schools
Instead of listening to politicians tell us how great they have been for education in N.C., just think about how we are not even close to the national average for money per pupil or teacher pay. Not even average. Are we proud to be at the top of the lowest quarter of the entire country in teacher pay? Three quarters of the states can do better than us?
Joe Mooney, Charlotte
What do you do with your AR-15s?
With all the talk about AR-15s I wonder what you do with one if you have it. Surely not hunt with it – you would obliterate the prey. Target shoot? That seems bland. Maybe it’s enough just to be able to say, “You know, I have got an AR-15!”
Watson Burts, Charlotte