Teacher protests a testament to greed
The teachers rallying in Raleigh were a testament to basic human greed.
Teachers’ statutory work hours are barely two-thirds that of full-time workers and their average $51,000 salary is greater than over half of the households whose taxes pay their salaries.
Now they want less work (smaller classes) and higher pay without ever giving a thought to those working for minimum wage or living on fixed incomes like Social Security having to foot the bill.
A CMS teacher whose letters are regularly published in the Forum has averaged 4.5 percent annual salary increases over the past four years, five times what Social Security recipients received. Any increase in education funding is going to come at the expense of those who can least afford it.
Thomas Strini, Mint Hill
NC lost a chance to boost education
It’s clear to me that education in North Carolina is woefully underfunded, and not just teacher salaries.
What happened to all that money from the NC Education Lottery, you may ask. Can you spell supplanted! What the left hand giveth, the right hand (read N.C. General Assembly) taketh away.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this, and there should have been plenty enough money to adequately fund education. Be sure to vote in November!
Cheryl Milam, Huntersville
One-day teacher walkout won’t do it
As a former teacher I couldn’t agree more that a one-day rally rather than an extended walkout is a huge difference. Even if every teacher on hand at last week’s rally voted against the current politicians in power, there wouldn’t be enough votes to change the face of state government in November.
The NCAE should make a list of specific grievances and encourage educators to stay out until they are met or there is some kind of compromise.
Brian Siemering, Hickory
Keep pounding, but not on Richardson
In response to “8 questions I’d like to see answered by prospective new Carolina Panthers owner” (May 15) and related articles:
I confess to friendship with Jerry Richardson and my subscription to the Observer, valuing both.
Your sports writers “keep pounding” on Mr. Richardson, including asking the new owner to remove Jerry’s statue. You may be getting hazardously close to convincing David Tepper that ours is a vengeful community.
Could the Observer let it rest? Those wronged accepted compensation. Jerry remains the only one who could bring an NFL franchise to Charlotte. Who among us is qualified to cast stones? (John 8:7)
On my watch as governor, Ross Johnson acquired RJR Nabisco and moved it to Atlanta rather than face contempt from the Winston-Salem newspaper. For thousands of Panther fans, I appeal to you. Stop. You’ve done enough.
Jim Martin, Mooresville
Stop cutting mental health funding
I appreciate what Forum writer Deb Park said about forming mental health units. (“Form CMPD, mental health SWAT teams,” May 17 Forum)
The basic problem is that mental health funds keep getting cut in Raleigh. This leaves CMPD, which is understaffed, to deal with the problems of the mentally ill.
While police receive constant training, they can only work with what they have. It’s also worth noting that many mentally ill people are in our jails and prisons. We all need to let our representatives know by our letters and our votes that they need to support mental health.
Valerie Davis, Charlotte
Extreme vetting is understandable
In response to Judy Schindler “A crucial time for refugees” (May 14 Opinion):
Like Judy Schindler’s family, my ancestors were immigrants looking for freedom and opportunity. However what’s missing from the “then and now” comparison is that unlike most of our previous immigrants, embedded within the Islamic culture is a resistance to assimilation and a small, but very significant number, who feel it is acceptable for infidels (non-Muslims) to be brutalized. Thus, extreme vetting of these potential immigrants is understandable.
Barry Marshall, Charlotte
Let’s all drive SUVs; what’ll it hurt?
The iconic Ford Motors has gone all-in on big trucks and SUVs. Case closed, big stuff rules in the mind of consumers. Stockholders must be assuaged.
Still: Hey college grads, if you think SUVs are absolutely essential, drive on, my friends. Fret not about the rest. What could go wrong?
Steve Craig, Charlotte