In response to “UNC hears blistering report” (Oct. 23):
Sanctions needed in response to UNC academic fraud
This report makes “basket weaving” classes look scholarly.
It is time for sanctions.
The esteemed Roy Williams won two NCAA National Championships during this time. To say that some players were not even college material yet graduated with degrees would be an understatement.
Never would I have thought UNC Chapel Hill would be involved in a scheme such as this.
W. Randall Lemly
Now time to investigate number of fraudulent wins
The UNC Chapel Hill administration has done a masterful job of media manipulation and damage control.
It took four years to unearth 18 years of fraudulent activity. Richard Nixon would still be president if he had UNC’s PR skills.
There is one glaring omission in the report: With more than 3,100 students having taken fraudulent courses, how many wins were accomplished with athletes who would otherwise have been academically ineligible?
It may take yet another special investigation to get the answer to that one.
In response to “Sales tax approval would help educators now” (Oct. 23 Our View):
We need a well thought out sales tax plan; this isn’t it
For all the reasons the Observer supports this sale tax increase, I’m 100 percent against it.
The only thing the Democratic commissioners did right on this one is that all citizens get to participate and it’s not just burdening property owners, as is usually done.
Let’s admit this is a valid idea, then vote against it and let the new county commission start over with all the stakeholders to create a well thought out plan.
In response to “Real Crisis: political ads spawned by political nonsense” (Oct. 22 Forum):
President naming an Ebola czar is also fear-mongering
Forum writer Jon Schuller is correct about the Ebola scare being “no crisis at all.”
However, “...spawned by the empty-headed fear-mongers on FoxNews”?
What about the empty-headed fear mongering spawned by the president when he named an Ebola czar?
Dennis R. Howren
Fort Mill, S.C.
In response to “Obama made poor choice in naming Ron Klain to Ebola post” (Oct. 22 Forum):
Obama made wise choice; Ebola czar’s skill set needed
A Surgeon General would provide expert medical leadership, but we have only an Acting Surgeon General because Republicans have held up the president’s nominee for more than a year.
Ron Klain was appointed for his crisis management and communications skills – and that focus/skill set is also needed during this crisis.
In response to “Labor prices follow same law of demand as others” (Oct. 21 Viewpoint):
Times have changed; higher pay would boost economy
Walter Williams’ argument would be more persuasive if he used better examples.
Today’s lighting and projection technology means a guy with a flashlight isn’t needed to help theater patrons find seats. Ushers now clean up and help keep order.
I don’t believe we will see significant success of self-serve fast-food or clean-your-own hotel rooms.
Maybe mechanized lawn care, but probably not.
I believe a higher minimum wage means wealth would be more equitably distributed, putting more money in circulation and stimulating the overall economy.
In response to “Abstinence is no right-wing delusion; it’s the way to go” (Oct. 21 Forum):
Married couples need affordable birth control too
It’s not just single people who need access to cheap birth control, but even some married people.
And if everyone waited until they could afford children, there sure wouldn’t be many.
Thanks for highlighting a local, family-owned business
Great story on the family business and sock company, Feetures! (“Family business finds the right fit,” Oct. 22)
Although I am not a runner I have been enjoying my Feetures! socks every day, as they are a perfect fit and seem to last forever.
Now that I learned this is a local and family-owned business, I will enjoy them even more. Keep up the good work!