Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 08.07.15

Planned Parenthood’s actions should alarm

In response to U.S. Opinions: Los Angeles “Truth on Planned Parenthood case” (Aug. 6 Opinion):

The Los Angeles Times editorial on Planned Parenthood misses the mark.

Regardless of whether profit is involved, the fact remains that Planned Parenthood is dismembering babies, and killing an innocent and unique human individual is always wrong.

The fact that for-profit companies are in the market for baby body parts and that Planned Parenthood is willing to provide them should alarm us.

Peter Ascik, Charlotte

Want better teachers? Raise expectations

In response to “Developing teachers is missing the mark” (Aug. 6):

Ann Doss Helms summarizes disappointing attempts to develop teachers. Too much energy is spent on evaluating teachers and not enough on improving specific teacher performance.

“School systems are not helping teachers understand how to improve,” the national TNTP study said.

The same report also identifies an exceptional charter management organization with stronger teacher improvement at all experience levels and student gains. These schools have “a robust and deliberate culture of high expectations and continuous learning.”

I saw it work for a Fortune 500 company.

Tom E. Bowers, Charlotte

Our parochial view hinders us many ways

In response to “Africans don’t cry for lions” (Aug. 6 Viewpoint):

What a great mirror to reflect our unconscious attitude and ignorance about other countries and their people.

We tend to live only in our small personal world and react accordingly. Our world view is controlled by the media and it is very shallow.

Our parochial view hinders us governing our country in a positive way that benefits all of us.

Look at the presidential candidates and their self-serving soundbites.

David Johnson, Charlotte

Hunting bans hurt people of Zimbabwe

Many people in Zimbabwe have lost their jobs because animal lovers in the United States are trying to make them submit to their way of thinking.

Not every one in the world feels animal rights are above human rights.

I just can’t understand why we get so concerned about the rights of animals and no one cares about the problems it causes for the people of Zimbabwe.

I hope Goodwell Nzou’s article goes worldwide and every one reads it. It is the first sensible article I have seen.

Roger Dean, Concord

Defacing monument is a hate crime too

When the Briar Creek church burned several weeks ago, some in the media wanted to say it was a hate crime even though there was no direct evidence.

Is it a hate crime if someone defaces a Confederate memorial? Sure is. Why not report it as one?

Bill Lane, Polkville

There is irony in Mitchem’s intolerance

In response to “Commissioner walks out on Muslim prayer” (Aug. 5)

All it took to stop prayers at Lincoln County commission meetings was one prayer of another religion.

How intolerant and un-Christian-like of Chairman Carrol Mitchem to walk out after saying weeks prior that anyone opposed to Christian prayer can “wait until we’re done praying.”

Perhaps Mitchem now sees why the founding fathers established separation of church and state, rather than declare this a Christian country.

They wanted the many religions here to be free to flourish apart from government interference or promotion.

Catherine Straka, Cornelius

Heed the lessons taught by Hiroshima

In response to “A-bomb in Japan resonates 70 years later” (Aug. 6):

The anniversary of the first atomic bomb has always been personal to me because my father was on Okinawa preparing for the invasion. He realized that it would cost America and Japan in excess of 1 million lives.

He, like Tom Ferebee and the other servicemen – as well as myself today – appreciated President Harry Truman’s decision and never looked back on it.

At the same time, we should all appreciate Mr. Ferebee’s closing comments on how horrible the bombs’ effects are. And that to our abilities, it not happen again.

Bill Furr, Blowing Rock