Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 10.15.15


Cherie Berry’s right; too many regulations

How ironic that the headline said “Skeptical of rules, Berry aids business” (Oct. 13).

The real problem with our economy and job growth is just the opposite. Until we get the government out of the business of making decisions for consumers and businesses, our economy is destined to be on a slow growth trajectory, as it has been for the past seven years.

That is a more timely and far-reaching story.

Bryan Kennedy, Charlotte

Vinroot’s defense of Berry misguided

In response to “Berry does great job protecting workers” (Oct. 14 Forum):

While it is admirable that workplace safety has improved, it is by no means Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry’s only responsibility.

The facts reported indicate Berry’s department failed on numerous occasions to use its influence to force employers to “pay in full” amounts owed to employees.

Fines that are collected go to government coffers, not to the employees.

The labor commissioner has a responsibility to protect our state’s workforce not only from safety hazards, but also from unscrupulous businesses and employers.

R. Charles Hudson, Charlotte

Clark not to blame for failing students

In response to “Speakers air views on CMS leadership” (Oct. 14):

I watched last night as black speakers, one after the other, voiced complaints against Ann Clark and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board for the poor academic performances of black children.

The attitude of some black parents was that the problem lies with CMS and the superintendent.

Until black leadership and black parents acknowledge responsibility for poor achievement among some students and address it, current statistics will remain status quo.

Frank Harrington, Charlotte

Put more lottery money into schools

North Carolina is a beautiful state with above average wealth and below average schools.

The lottery was supposed to add money to school budgets, but only 28 percent of lottery money goes to schools.

Taxpayers were led to believe it would be more.

Tax incentives are offered to business to get them to move to here. Good, responsible companies surely look at the schools before relocating.

Put more lottery money into schools so we can say we have great schools. We can do better, and we have the money to do it.

Regina Murch, Harrisburg

Cross helps kids learn about one another

In response to “Public park removes cross” (Oct. 14):

I thought the replica of the general store at Park Road Park was a great addition for the children.

I was dismayed that a mother would be offended by a simple piece of red plastic. It was equally upsetting to see that the Mecklenburg parks director removed it, saying it was an oversight and should not have been placed there.

How can we hope to heal humanity if parents won’t let kids learn and accept the differences of others?

Nancy Murphy, Charlotte

Is that the best slate Dems can offer?

In response to “Candidates tangle on guns, economy” (Oct. 14):

Hillary Clinton was head and shoulders above the other candidates in the debate. It was like the high school debate captain taking on middle school kids.

If this is the best talent the Democratic Party can muster, it is indeed in trouble.

I will say Anderson Cooper did a good job of correcting outrageous statements, including Hillary’s implication that her email scandal was a Republican conspiracy.

He pointed out that the FBI does not work for the Republican party and they are doing the investigating.

Bill Wallace, Charlotte

A safer place to locate bike lanes

In response to “A new approach to bicycle safety” (Oct. 9 Opinion):

When possible, why not build the bike lane on the other side of the sidewalks, away from traffic?

Build the sidewalk where it would normally be built, but put the bike lane on the other side.

This would make it a lot safer for bikers, and not interfere with traffic or sidewalk users.

This could be done with new development and road widening projects if drawn into the plans. And maybe some of our other streets have room to relocate existing bike lanes.

Mel Helms, Charlotte