Letters to the Editor

Dorothy Counts still paves the way for progress

Follow in Dorothy Counts’s footsteps

In response to “Classmates screamed and spat at her...” (Sept. 4):

What an inspiration Dorothy Counts is for us all. I remember the picture of her in her beautiful dress walking into Harding High School. Young, innocent, and seemingly unfazed by the horrible abuses of the children. One wonders if any of those bullies surrounding her ever came forward to apologize?

Dorothy Counts has spent her life being part of the solution rather than part of the problem. We can all learn by her example.

Lucy Grasty, Charlotte

Can we only work together in crisis?

Every day since Hurricane Harvey hit, individuals have risked their lives and opened their hearts and doors to aid others, disregarding differences of race, religion, etc. to lend a helping hand.

If we, as Americans, can do this under the most horrific conditions of Mother Nature’s wrath, why can’t we do the same under what are supposed to be normal conditions?

We are uniting under this moment of devastation, so we need to unite 365 days of the year and become one for all.

We may not solve all of our problems, but we sure can put a dent in the worst of it – if we only try!

Patrick Schado Sr.,


Deborah Beck

Your real friends show up in crisis

In response to “A lesson from Hurricane Andrew” (Sept. 3 Viewpoints):

Leonard Pitts’s column was spot on. We went through Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances in Stuart, Florida, in 2004. We lost our roof and had no power for three weeks. In a disaster like this, you really find out who your friends are – and aren’t. People came out of the woodwork to help, some that really surprised me. Others that I thought of as friends never showed up or called. Black, white, Muslim, Christian – shouldn’t matter when people need help.

Deborah Beck, Iron Station

Our candidates have rap sheets

In response to “Among mayoral, council hopefuls: Money struggles, evictions, unusual DWI” (Aug. 31):

This article concerning City Council candidates was very disturbing.

Assuming that one or two had legitimate excuses for the charges brought against them, that leaves the majority guilty of committing crimes or just guilty of fiduciary ignorance.

If this is the type of people we have running the city, no wonder so many decisions are bad.

Melinda Covington,


College is for more than getting jobs

In response to “Too many college degrees lead to debt” (Sept. 4 Forum):

Forum writer Eric Cable implies that universities should eliminate degrees in subjects such as instrumental music and art history because there is little market for them. But getting students jobs is not the sole purpose of higher education, and most graduates work – very successfully – in fields outside their college major. Training in fields such as engineering and finance is no guarantee of employment.

The student debt crisis has been caused not by musicians and art historians, but by rising tuition fueled by decades of public disinvestment in universities, and by a financial system that profits from the loan interest students and their families pay for the dream of a better life.

Gregory Starrett, Charlotte

Charlotte should have a medical school

In response to “Sorry, Charlotte. You don’t need a law school, officials say” (Aug. 31):

The real discussion should be why doesn’t a city the size of Charlotte have a medical school. (Could it be North Carolina politics?)

UNCC’s enrollment is more than 25,000 students and there are two large hospital systems here.

Chancellor Dubois should be advocating for establishment of a medical school, which could really benefit our residents and help to enhance Charlotte’s reputation as a “first class” city.

Stuart Bantit, Indian Land

Homicide problem bigger than police

In response to “Chief Putney isn’t doing his job” (Aug. 29 Forum):

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney is doing the best job he can, but hecan’t be in every home.

The National Guard could be stationed on several corners in Charlotte and there would still be murders. People need to learn to settle disputes other than with guns.

People need to stop playing the blame game.

Henri Rumph, Charlotte