Step up, Charlotte, to reverse this trend
The writer is CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry.
It’s happened again and I don’t like it. For years our city has been appropriately lauded for progressive growth. Today we are gaining national attention for shockingly poor poverty rankings. First we learned we are last in economic mobility and now the Business Insider reports that we are tied for third in the nation for a soaring poverty rate.
Charlotte knows how to solve problems: We come together. City. County. Foundation for the Carolinas. Chamber of Commerce. Human services customers and leaders. Houses of faith. Corporate leaders. It is time for us once again to rise to the challenge and move our city forward – each and every neighborhood.
In response to “Tax cuts made funding teacher assistants impossible – and that’s OK” (Aug. 11 Forum):
Does this teacher assistant sound non-essential to you?
I’m one of your non-essential teacher assistants. I have a college degree and 15 years of experience in education. Besides my regular daily non-essential duties like keeping your kids safe during carpool, recess and lunch, taking over during teacher breaks and meetings, grading papers, helping to prepare teaching materials, etc., I do other things too. Last year I taught four spelling groups, two writing groups, some science and social studies lessons, ran intramural PE groups and gave many of your kids individual help on their assignments. I came in early and stayed late to serve in many other ways.
And yes, you the taxpayers paid me less than $20,000 last year. Non-essential dollars.
ISIS extremists don’t represent true teachings of Islam
The actions of ISIS are fundamentally, unequivocally un-Islamic. The violence that these barbarians are perpetrating against minority sects of Shiite Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, and Kurds sickens me. I want to make it 100 percent clear that these actions are nothing but a perversion of the true teachings of Islam.
In response to “Blind support of Israel by Obama, taxpayers is wrong” (Aug. 10 Forum):
The writer is Cantor of Temple Israel.
There are war crimes in Gaza, all right, but by Hamas
Forum writer Jibril Hough obviously feels that when Hamas shoots thousands of rockets targeting Israeli civilians, that’s legitimate resistance, but when Israel retaliates, it’s “war crimes.” If Hamas used its supplies of cement to build shelters for its civilians, instead of tunnels for its fighters, there would be many fewer casualties. They don’t build shelters because they want to maximize the number of civilian deaths, to maximally embarrass Israel. Their use of “human shields” is the real war crime.
In response to “Too many opt for subsidies over a job” (Aug. 10 Forum):
Gosney’s observations show what’s wrong in U.S. today
Forum writer Dennis Gosney’s comments reflect a growing trend that can only lead to a deterioration of all that has made this country great, and a desired home for many from other countries.
As we create subsidies for those who prefer idleness to honest labor, we destroy initiative and create more learned helplessness. At some point the country will reach a time when it cannot support those who opt out of earning their living.
If Gosney paid more, workers wouldn’t prefer public help
Dennis Gosney, can I ask a few questions before agreeing with you? How much are you paying employees for these jobs? Is it enough to pay rent, electricity, buy food, clothes and medical services? Can I pay a car payment and insurance? How about child care? If yes, then I agree with you but if not, you best open your heart and mind a little more to understand why someone would choose government assistance over your low-paying job.