Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to N.C. Opinions: Greensboro “The teacher shortage” (Feb. 5 Opinion):

GOP shoulders blame for teacher shortage

The writer is a retired CMS teacher.

For conservatives, balancing the state budget on the backs of public school teachers is a no-brainer.

Not only does it save money, it also punishes those smarty-pants educators with their liberal math and science.

Now a teacher shortage looms. Will Raleigh be forced to treat teachers as valued professionals, or is running the public school system into the ground a vital part of their plan to privatize our educational system?

Alan J. Hoyle

Denver, N.C.

In response to “Proof that private enterprise tops government meddling” (Feb. 6 Forum):

Development of Eastland Mall is a

harder nut to crack due to its location

Comparing the Cabela’s mall renovation to the plight of Eastland Mall, as Forum writer Sam Rollins did, ignores the longstanding No. 1 rule for property development: location, location, location.

I’m sure if Eastland Mall had an I-77 exit ramp in sight, someone could figure out how to redevelop it, too!

Brad Frazier

Iron Station

In response to Cal Thomas “One nation, many hyphenations” (Feb. 6 Viewpoint):

We ignore larger message about a divided America at our own peril

About 2,700 years ago lived a man who told us “United we stand, divided we fall.”

No matter the time, no matter the man, Viewpoint columnist Cal Thomas reiterates that truism ringing loudly down through the ages.

Can Presidents Washington, Adams, Madison, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson and other renowned historical figures be so wrong? We ignore it at our peril.

Coy Powell


In response to “Ellmers lectures anti-abortion critics” (Feb. 3):

Ellmers owes voters explanation for derailing key vote on abortion bill

The writer is senior policy adviser with The Catholic Association.

Rep. Virginia Foxx courageously led the debate prior to a key vote in the U.S. House on a bill to ban late-term abortions. But in a mystifying development, North Carolina’s other congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, derailed the bill at the last minute.

Rep. Ellmers, who ran on a pro-life platform and voted for the same bill two years ago, inexplicably flip-flopped, and withdrew her co-sponsorship of the bill.

She claimed it would hurt Republicans with young voters and women, despite the fact that 72 percent of millennials and 70 percent of women support it.

Rep. Foxx deserves praise for lending her voice to the protection of the unborn, while Rep. Ellmers owes us an explanation for her disappointing performance.

Maureen Ferguson

Washington, D.C.

In response to “Pittenger is right about housing policy” (Feb. 6 Forum):

Homeowners were forced out by job loss during tough economic times

Forum writer Mike Van Glish ignored a main reason for the collapse of the mortgage industry.

As a real estate agent who was “knee deep” with homeowners faced with foreclosure or “short sales” during this time, I can say these homeowners did not walk away from their homes because they had little down-payment equity in it.

They were forced out by the mortgage loan servicers due to the fact that they could not make mortgage payments because one or more of the bread winners lost their jobs – and income – during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Scott Tyler


In response to “Data at risk after hack at Anthem” (Feb. 6):

All this hacking makes me want a law that protects Social Security numbers

Anthem Inc.’s computer hackers have personal information on 80 million people. Anthem says hackers didn’t get credit card numbers, but did get Social Security numbers.

Why does an insurance company need your Social Security number? Why does the cable company, or any other corporation, need your Social Security number?

Congress should pass a law that makes it illegal for any corporation or agency, except the Social Security Administration, to require you to give your Social Security number.

Chuck Mann