Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 08.13.15

Schools don’t need regime change

In response to Our View “A charter school plan worth considering” (Aug. 12 Editorial):

The writer is co-founder of OneMECK.org.

Even though charter schools don’t have to play by the same rules as traditional public schools, they have not magically transformed academic performance.

In fact, charters perform about as well as traditional schools – some a little better, some a little worse.

North Carolina’s most challenged schools don’t need regime change.

Instead, let’s change the policies and practices that create economic apartheid among schools so that all children have access to excellent educational opportunities.

Carol Sawyer, Charlotte

Let’s not mix pets, Pride, and politics

I read the email with disgust: My favorite charity and place to give back – the Humane Society of Charlotte – was soliciting volunteers, not just for the Charlotte Pride Festival, which would help get animals adopted, but to actually march in the Pride parade.

Can someone please tell me why the Humane Society is supporting the gay pride parade? Do dogs and cats know the difference?

Jeff A. Gregory, Charlotte

Time to celebrate hard-earned gains

In response to “100,000 expected in uptown this weekend” (Aug. 11):

Charlotte Pride 2015 comes after a year of many historical changes that now make the LGBT community an equal part of society.

Kudos to everyone for their efforts to make their voices heard and rights a reality. May this be the best parade celebrated in the South from now on.

Lorraine Stark, Matthews

Too much focus on polarizing Trump

In response to Peter St. Onge “About that prediction that Donald Trump won’t win N.C....” (Aug. 12):

The media seems to have an obsession with poll numbers in the race for the White House.

Why is Donald Trump the main focus this early in the game of politics?

Also, who died and left this polarizing person in charge of America and all that’s truth according to The Donald?

Elaine Lynch, Charlotte

Here’s hoping Trump proves you wrong

You irritate me in your final sentence when you declare that Donald Trump will not win in the N.C. primary.

It is amazing that you think you are so dang smart that you can make such a definite prediction as that. I would give my right arm if you are wrong.

Trump is sincerely dedicated to making things better for our country. Look at the groundswell of ordinary citizens supporting him.

Dixie Spivey, Belmont

Jeb Bush recasting Iraq war blame

In response to “Bush: US may need more troops in Iraq to beat Islamic State” (Aug. 12 CharlotteObserver.com):

There is over a decade of facts to refute Jeb Bush’s latest speech.

Iraq was a needless war.

There were at least 151,000 dead, including 4,491 Americans, and over 32,000 U.S. wounded. That’s a huge cost.

Bush’s speech recasting the blame is an insult to their memory.

Decisions to fire Baathists and install Nouri al-Maliki created an ISIS led by Saddam’s fired officers.

Chip Potts, Mooresville

Walmart should sever ties with China

China has devalued its currency and a weaker yuan makes Chinese exports more competitive.

I am disgusted with Walmart to see all the Chinese goods in their stores.

I look forward to the day when Walmart proudly announces that most of our goods will be produced in the United States and no products will be imported from China.

Severin Jacobsen, Indian Trail

Help me understand Carolinas gas prices

I paid less than $2 per gallon for 87 octane gasoline in Rock Hill last week.

If S.C. tax is only 20 cents less than N.C. taxes, why are we paying 45 to 65 cents more per gallon?

Are there no curious investigative reporters who could learn about gasoline pricing methods and help us understand why pump prices rise rapidly if the oil future price rises, but decrease very slowly when oil prices go down?

Robert O’Connell, Mooresville

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