Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Judge blocks private school voucher plan” (Aug. 22):

School voucher plan offers cost-efficiency for state

Private school vouchers are a great way to save taxpayers money! Public K-12 schools receive about $8,000 per student a year from the state. The least expensive students, those that are well prepared, cost much less than $8,000. The most expensive, most difficult students cost much more.

If the state can pay a family only $4,300 to withdraw from public school, just think of the savings! All we need is a constitutional amendment.

Anthony Robert Ansaldo


Let’s not forget all students who need school supplies

The Charlotte community does a wonderful job of collecting school supplies for the less fortunate.

There is an organization called Classroom Central, where supplies may be donated. Teachers can not take advantage of that resource unless the school is below a certain free lunch threshold.

It would be helpful if the business community could sponsor a school or classroom.

Laurel Elliot


Politicians endanger us when they ignore immigration

Our unenforced immigration laws were created to protect us from a variety of dangers including diseases, as well as those who wish to destroy us.

Many of those elected to enforce our nation’s laws are career politicians. At the expense of our national security, our health, and welfare, their priority is securing votes for re-election. Time limitations on congressional and senatorial seats can prevent this abuse of power. The survival of our nation is at stake.

Brian Cooper


In response to “Charlotte to study pay as you throw” (Aug. 21):

Wondering if garbage police will patrol our trash bins

I am one of those who has always taken recycling seriously and would benefit by paying for garbage according to how many bags I have.

However, I would like to know how the “garbage police” would prevent neighbors from dumping their garbage bags at another’s site or how they would prevent people from camouflaging garbage in their own recycle container to reduce their “garbage charge.”

Gail Halverson


Pay as you throw seems

more like a throwback plan

We have paid for trucks and garbage bins that enable garbage collectors to stay in their trucks when they pick up the garbage. At that time we were told it would save money in labor cost. Now with the pay as you throw method who is going to go through bins to make sure the correct bags are being used?

Thirty years ago Pennsylvania and New York used this method. I thought Charlotte was forward thinking. I guess it must be true everything old is new again. Isn’t anyone in the city management office able to say that won’t work?

Marilyn Eaton