Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 11.02.15

Sham Ostapko
Sham Ostapko

Better urban planning needed

In response to “Is a mandate for stricter design standards coming?” (Oct. 28):

A walking city implies that a sidewalk leads to a meaningful destination and offers attractive impulse stops on the way.

Boring Ballantyne has sidewalks used by the occasional jogger or a mom pushing a stroller.

SouthPark is a concrete island mired in an asphalt ocean.

Stonecrest is an archipelago of concrete islands.

They are all apart from the community, not a part of the community. Better urban planning is needed.

Ed Mesko, Charlotte

Insults win debates; let’s shake things up

In response to “GOP candidates clash in debate” (Oct. 29) and related articles:

Why not test candidates from both parties on their knowledge of the world, finance, history, science, law, government, economics, and include essay questions on theory?

I suggest a 2.5 to 3-hour test that would be uniform, bipartisan, given in a proctored environment and fairly graded.

The results/essays would be published and made available to all.

We’d all learn a lot more than the current debate format allows. Now, we prize insults more than competence.

Chip Potts, Mooresville

Can’t ignore race in school incident

In response to “Don’t make school incident about race” (Oct. 30 Forum):

Race can’t be ignored here. This was an egregious, violent act towards a disobedient child (a black female) who was not armed and posed no threat to others in the classroom.

Yet, she was physically assaulted by an adult male – a white police officer.

Oh yes, it’s about race – though not exclusively.

If you want to take race out of this incident, ask yourself how you would feel if your child was treated this way? I’m certain only then would race be irrelevant to your answer.

Sham Ostapko, Huntersville

We blame police, but demand protection

If more disruptive students were treated more harshly, and not as the victim, they would quickly realize paying attention and keeping their phone in their pocket would serve them well.

When all else fails, we call on our police officers to restore peace, then we blame them when the officer has to use force.

There’s a disconnect, and it’s unfair to the officers we’re asking to provide a safe community.

Trigg Cherry, Charlotte

Want kids to comply? Get parents on board

In response to “Deputy fired after video” (Oct. 29):

Although the deputy’s response to the defiant teen was unacceptable, firing the deputy does not really resolve the core issue: What is the appropriate response when a student undermines the teacher’s authority?

If a back-up plan were in place for this type of situation, it could have been resolved without incident.

Students are more likely to comply with the rules if they know in advance that their parents will support the school’s position.

This requires getting parents on board in advance with regards to upholding consequences when rules are broken.

Julie Tuggle, Charlotte

Heed red flags on Obamacare fraud

The Government Accountability Office has uncovered many errors in eligibility decisions made under Obamacare.

The government has paid for duplicate coverage for many and reimbursed others for an excessive share of their costs.

GAO has repeatedly warned the Obama administration about redundant payment, and recommended that the administration tighten up the enrollment system, yet we the taxpayers continue to get ripped off.

Craig A. Reutlinger, Charlotte

A generation of poor communicators

In response to “National test scores set off alarms for me” (Oct. 30 Forum):

Not only are many young people not proficient enough in basic math and reading skills, they aren’t proficient in communication skills, either.

As long as they have their heads in a cell phone, iPad, or any other tool of technology, they will not be able to look people in the eye and carry on a coherent conversation.

I shudder to think of an illiterate generation becoming the adults who will one day make decisions that affect me.

Sad state of affairs.

Betsy Leonard, Charlotte