Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 06.19.15

Don Justice
Don Justice

In response to “Board ponders its own pay hike” (June 17) and related articles:

Let’s talk consolidation, not raises

Rather than discussing county commissioner raises, I suggest we discuss the pros and cons of combining the Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

Put their duties under one rather than two overlapping bodies.

By consolidating or “right-sizing” these two groups, we could pay those elected more money, and as a bonus perhaps find someone concerned about more than who prays prior to meetings.

Don Justice


In response to “Mecklenburg County commissioners consider doubling their term length” (June 18):

Overcompensated lawmakers tend to stick around too long

Big raises and extended terms are ludicrous ideas for Mecklenburg commissioners who know going into the job that it is a “public service” position, not a full-time job.

What next, government pensions for time served?

We already have too many elected officials at the federal and state level who are grossly overcompensated and serve too long. Let’s not bring it to the local level!

Ed Carlson


In response to “N.C. Senate votes on $21.5B budget” (June 18):

Classrooms, education will suffer if 8,500 assistants cut

The writer has been a CMS teacher assistant for four years.

We are more than an extra hand in the classroom.

We are coverage for teachers, helpers for students, tutors, parent contacts, nurses, bus drivers, chaperones, playground monitors, cafeteria monitors, secretaries, and more.

We do it all for practically nothing.

We are a vital part of the school day for thousands of students in this state, and eliminating 8,500 of us will only add insult to an already injured workforce.

Legislators, come to an elementary school and be an assistant for a day. Then decide the value of our position. You owe the students that much.

Leah Crews


In response to “Senate plan hits nonprofit funding” (June 18):

Not all nonprofits the same, should not be treated that way

Nonprofit is a tax code term used generically. In fact, nonprofits vary greatly: One cannot compare the Salvation Army to Carolinas HealthCare System.

The CEO of the Salvation Army, a $4 billion corporation, is paid about $238,000.

The top 10 CHS executives took home $22 million.

One is the epitome of what service to the people is about. The other is about using the tax code for personal benefit.

Which one should we, the people, be subsidizing with tax benefits?

Lewis Guignard


In response to “Fire department inquiry tab: $214K” (June 18):

Probe identified deficiencies, making it worth the cost

The money spent on the recent Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Department investigation was well spent, as it delivered two significant results:

▪ Identified major deficiencies in CMFD management procedures/practices so they can be reviewed, rectified and monitored.

▪ Confirmed that there is no direct evidence of retaliation involved in the dismissal of Crystal Eschert.

While some may continue to feel it was retaliation, “feelings and suspicions” do not constitute “facts/evidence/proof.”

Patricia LaRocca


In response to “State senator plans measure to stop I-77 toll” (June 18) and related articles:

Wake up, legislators, see I-77 toll plan for disincentive it is

Why in the world would our state government opt to grant a monopoly on north-south primary thoroughfares for 50 years?

This alone is a major economic disincentive to existing and prospective businesses in the north Charlotte region.

The expense of getting out of the contract is so much cheaper than living with its consequences. Wake up Raleigh.

Dick Brolin


In response to Eric Frazier “Here’s to you, Rachel Dolezal” (June 18 Opinion):

Call for more open conversation on racial identity is welcome

Thanks to Eric Frazier for adding his much-needed voice of wisdom to public discourse on Rachel Dolezal.

Personal psychological factors are an important dimension to this “is she/can she be black?” debate.

It should hardly be surprising, even to the parents who outed her, that the biological child of Caucasian-identified parents who grew up in a family with multiple black, adopted siblings just might identify a bit with, or even idealize, “blackness.”

The call for more open conversation on this social construct we call racial identity is most welcome.

Tish Stoker Signet


Stephen Curry made his hometown proud with NBA win

Occasionally the old saw from crusty Cubs manager Leo Durocher is proven wrong: Nice guys finish first!

Congrats, Steph! You done us proud.

Mike Daisley