Letters to the Editor

Letters: More affordable housing will solve N. Tryon St. homeless problem

Hannah Levinson
Hannah Levinson

N. Tryon needs affordable housing

In response to Eric Frazier “Will homeless get pushed off N. Tryon? (Nov. 6):

Business leaders along North Tryon Street could help lessen the need for shelters for the homeless by including mixed-income housing in their plans for light-rail fueled redevelopment.

While the rapid-rehousing focus of the staff at many shelters in Charlotte is a limited option, the real need is for affordable housing near public transportation and childcare and basic-needs shopping facilities.

The “real dialogue” that Eric Frazier espouses is a great place to start and could lead to a cooperative effort to provide housing for everyone in our community.

Terri Jarina, Waxhaw

Invest in teachers to lure future educators

In response to “Teachers deliver chicken feed to Governor McCrory’s Charlotte office” (Nov. 5 CharlotteObserver.com):

The writer is a retired N.C. teacher.

The teachers who remain in N.C. schools need respect, respectful wages, and the support of the leadership in Raleigh.

The children being educated today will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Students notice their teachers are not in a lucrative profession. Students will choose to not teach.

Invest in the future of North Carolina. Invest in public education. It makes a difference in the lives of every person in this state.

Ann W. Hedman, Cornelius

Environment will suffer under new law

In response to Taylor Batten “McCrory runs old trick to perfection” (Oct. 26):

This redolent piece of “corporate cozy” environmental legislation is yet another example of how this governor and legislature care little for the health and welfare of N.C. citizens, as long as polluting corporations can “self-report” violations and avoid fines.

It also reduces our ability to even know about air or water pollution when it occurs through reduced monitoring.

It is way past time for voters to hold this crew accountable for degrading this beautiful and once exemplary environmental state.

Bruce Yelton, Charlotte

Want change? Enforce existing guns laws

If the Department of Justice enforced current gun control laws with integrity, results clamored by those who believe more laws are required would already be achieved.

Under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, more than 100 million background checks have been conducted, but obviously on law abiding citizens by far.

When a firearm is obtained by other than currently lawful means, background checks are bypassed.

Why does our DOJ allow so many firearms in the possession of those addressed specifically by this 1994 law?

Jim Champion, Matthews

Innovation underway closer to home

In response to “Study shows Charlotte lags in start-ups, venture capital” (Nov. 1)

The writer is Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Davidson College.

This article makes one thing clear: Higher education is critical for innovation. While the Triangle area enjoys impressive invention, Charlotte-area colleges and universities are catching up.

Alongside UNC Charlotte and Queens, Davidson has built a robust Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative for students.

Its flagship offering is an alumni-endowed Venture Fund through which Davidson invests in companies founded by students and young graduates.

Davidson alumni and partners in Charlotte are also increasingly interested in hiring resilient graduates and incentivizing them to remain in the area.

Colleges and universities around Charlotte are part of what’s working well.

We look forward to a bright future for our students and the region.

Hannah Levinson, Davidson

Honor those who serve in our name

The writer is Commander of the U.S. Navy Recruiting District Raleigh.

Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to all who have served and sacrificed.

Generations of servicemen and women have taken up arms to win our independence, preserve our Union, and secure our freedom.

On Veterans Day, we salute the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard members who have rendered the highest service any American can offer, and rededicate ourselves to fulfilling our commitment to those who serve in our name.

Chris Dickerson, Raleigh