“Police use of force up 27%” (Aug. 8) only serves to stir the pot.
‘Police use of force up,'
but there's more to story
You inform us early on that CMPD officers used force 505 times in 2007 vs. 399 times in 2006. Only later do you mention another study showing 307 assaults on police in 2007, resulting in injuries to 120 officers, two of whom were shot to death.
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“If there's high use of force and high crime rate,” says Councilman Anthony Foxx, “it does raise questions about the effectiveness of those uses of force.”
But law enforcement isn't about changing human behavior, Mr. Foxx. It's about getting the bad guys off the street!
Use of force appreciated
by law-abiding citizens
Until the latest crop of Charlotte criminals and thugs gets the message, I applaud CMPD for using as much force as needed to protect us law-abiding citizens.
In response to “Faculty hiring discriminates against conservatives” (Aug. 4):
Hiring committees steer
clear of applicants' politics
The writer is associate professor, department of electrical and computer engineering, UNC Charlotte.
In my 21 years in academia, I've never heard any hiring committee discuss the political or religious creed of job applicants. To ask about their belief systems is unthinkable. Not only would the questioner instantly lose credibility, but also universities have clear, written policies against such discrimination.
fall short of academic standard
Universities hire only the best and brightest, which would tend to work against conservatives.
Conservatism's willingness to believe in dogma unencumbered by facts exposes it as morally and intellectually bankrupt.
Brian G. Jackson
In response to “Windsor Park ‘Makeover' no asset to neighborhood” (Aug. 7 Forum):
‘Makeover' house is big –
and with good reason
You think the “Extreme Makeover” house is a “sore thumb”?
I don't live in the neighborhood, but I'd be happy to live next to the “ostentatious thing,” knowing the needs being met there aren't just the family's but also those of the children in their day care.
Jacqueline A. Simpson
In response to “Nobody elected Petraeus to determine policies” (Aug. 1 Forum):
Not listening to generals
has been costly to nation
President Roosevelt let Eisenhower command the forces in Europe. We won.
President Truman didn't follow the advice of MacArthur in Korea. We lost.
Presidents Johnson and Nixon didn't follow the advice of his generals in Vietnam. We lost.
See a pattern? Listen to Petraeus.
R. J. Dunn
In response to “More Mecklenburg schools lift scores” (Aug. 8):
CMS's higher math scores
deserved front page
The writer is executive director, Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
I was disappointed to see the significant increase in 2007-08 CMS math scores buried on page 3B. It deserved front page recognition.
A 10.2 percent increase in overall math scores is statistically significant, and we as a community should applaud and celebrate the hard work of our students and teachers. I have to question why athletic eligibility stories, while important, reigned supreme for months, but such stellar academic achievement receives scant attention.
In response to “Let's hope House apology sets standard for more” (Aug. 1 Forum):
Isn't it time we called end
to pointless apologies?
When are we going to stop demanding that people who committed no crime apologize to people who were never victims? Slavery was a heinous institution, but it was practiced all over the world, not just here in the States, and it was a socially accepted institution in a time when cultural mores and values were different from today's. Move on, people!
In response to “Separation of church, state not specified by Founders” (Aug. 4 Forum):
What Would James do?
Madison made it clear
Irving Brant, late member of the advisory board, James Madison Papers, and author of “The Bill of Rights: Its Origin and Meaning” wrote this of Madison:
“Of all the versions of the religious guarantee [in the proposed First Amendment], this most directly covered the thing he was driving at – absolute separation of church and state and total exclusion of government aid to religion. This literal language expresses the figurative language of Jefferson's ‘wall of separation.' ”
In response to “A cult claims it alone has truth” (Aug. 6):
Graham sends message
to all fundamentalists
Fundamentalists of all religions, including many of his own followers, should heed Billy Graham's sage words.