Letters to the Editor

For some, job training is better than college, and that’s OK

Try job training instead of college

In response to “College is for more than getting jobs” (Sept. 5 Forum):

Having been a college administrator for over 20 years, I have heard the argument that college is for more than getting jobs for most of that time. I get that being well rounded and educated is the gold standard. Those that have the luxury of studying art, English, or other important subjects might be able to afford to take their time upon leaving college to search for the perfect job. Many in our country do not have that luxury.

We are in dire need of job training after high school. It is time that parents stop emphasizing that all kids must go to college. Many would benefit from job training first and college later in life if they wanted to expand their education. Job training is not a dirty word.

Cindi Ferguson, Cornelius

Taping teachers is like taking notes

In response to “Don’t tape our teachers” (Sept. 5 For the Record):

I am puzzled why Jonathan Zimmerman thinks it’s inappropriate to tape teachers. Teachers have been recorded since the invention of recorders, not to “spy” on them, but as a study aid just as taking notes is. When I was in college, recording was common and certainly wasn’t done “in secret.” It was considered public speaking and still should be today. I would question the appropriateness of any teacher that is this upset about being recorded. Be ready to back-up what you say, or don’t say it. By the way, would it be spying to take notes and tell other people or is what you teach too “secret” for this as well?

Diane Eaton, Indian Trail

Do something about low-income housing

In response to “Charlotte’s low-income housing plan” (Aug. 31 Kevin Siers cartoon):

Kevin Siers artfully depicted our plight with our low-income housing situation in the Queen City. Just a few words and simple drawing clearly outlines the consistent issues we discuss repeatedly.

After I glanced at Kevin’s cartoon, I looked above and read the article “City must Tackle its Real Housing Problem.” After 20 years of living in this financial-mecca, I’m still disturbed that we continue to discuss this issue and yet have not conquered it with a concrete, executable plan. Spending taxpayer dollars on more research is unnecessary and a misappropriation of funds. Why not take the “huge surplus of units” for those making $28,000 to $45,000 and figure out how to leverage those for the much needed lower income base?

Enough talk, how about some action?

Nanci Coia, Matthews

Dewey Rochester

Why should Trump be treated fairly?

Trump frequently complains that he isn’t being treated fairly. Yet he is prepared to treat the children of undocumented immigrants unfairly. To punish children for actions that they neither had knowledge nor control of is unfairness beyond comparison. Why should he expect fairness when he is not capable of reciprocating?

Dewey P. Rochester,


‘Rule of law’ is weak on anti-DACA

Slavery: rule of law. Women, blacks have no vote: rule of law. Married women can’t own property: rule of law. Japanese-internment camps: rule of law. Jim Crow: rule of law. Children as young as 6 can work 12 hour days: rule of law. No requirement for child restraints in cars: rule of law. Gays can’t marry: rule of law.

Anti-DACA people: Find another excuse for your cruelty.

Heather Stancil, Belmont

Opportunity Task Force needs time

In response to “Reignite excitement on economic mobility” (Sept. 3 Opinion):

The Observer’s comments on a slow start for the second phase of The Opportunity Task Force is an impatient macro view of a long process that began in 1960 when Johnson C. Smith students asked for their opportunity with downtown Charlotte sit-ins.

The obvious changes during those 57 years have been at the top: mayors, county commissioners, school board superintendents and chairs, city managers, county managers, police chiefs.

None of the steps have been quick. The initial response to the sit-in, The Mayor’s Friendly Relationship Committee, continues to this day as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee. The Swann desegregation case lasted from 1963 to 1999.

My hope isn’t that The Opportunity Task Force has immediate success, but rather finds bonds with the community that will endure. It’s not the start that matters, it’s the finish.

Bolyn McClung, Pineville