Teacher support key to reviving schools
In response to “3 CMS schools tackle diversity challenge” (Jan. 21):
I would add a fifth “Strategy for Revival” on the successful road to winning back the neighborhoods around Rama Elementary, McClintock Middle and East Meck High School: teacher support.
The CMS administration’s focus and dedication to keeping teacher morale high and making teachers feel valued contributes greatly to the good results of the Rama/McClintock/East Meck partnership.
Mary Gregory, Charlotte
Cruz is manipulative and feigns empathy
In response to “Cruz’s likability makes him serious contender” (Jan. 21 Opinion):
In Ted Cruz, op-ed writer Ruth Marcus sees likability, but I see a master of manipulation.
Cruz does not represent the middle class, working people, or the poor, and his feigned empathy is pretentious and disingenuous.
Dan A. Hopkins, Gastonia
Why I won’t vote for Hillary Clinton
It’s amazing that the media like to pick on Donald Trump, yet go easy on Hillary Clinton.
Hillary is accused of mishandling emails concerning national security.
Let’s also not forget about Benghazi. Clinton and President Obama left those people to die.
We need a leader who is going to bring this country back to what it was. Being politically correct hasn’t done that.
I hope people look at all the facts before they vote!
Ronnie Giglio, Waxhaw
Sanders seems to want overnight fix
In response to “Sanders’ health care plan works in Europe” (Jan. 20 Opinion):
It seems Bernie Sanders wants to introduce the European health care system all in one go.
He wants to skip all those years from about 1920 up until to day when the Europeans have gradually improved on their health care systems.
The Swedes and the Brits were first out, and both have excellent health care. It certainly was not all in one go.
Severin Jacobsen, Indian Trail
Trump slams Apple, but he outsources too
Trump slams Apple, but he outsources too
Before Donald Trump talks about “making America great” with ideas like forcing Apple to manufacture its products in the U.S., how about he starts with his own clothing line?
The Signature line suits, ties and shirts are manufactured outside the U.S.!
And of all the countries that he could have selected to do the work, Trump chose China!
Pot calling the kettle black, Mr. Trump?
Pat LaRocca, Charlotte
Is our government asleep at the wheel?
I watched “Frontline” last week and learned that the vitamins/supplements Americans gorge on fail us.
1.) There’s no magic pill.
2.) Claimed ingredients/benefits are often absent.
3.) Lobbyists/Congress rushed to protect a billion-dollar industry that science/dietitians/many doctors don’t support.
Wonder what other enterprises bilk/harm citizens with government’s blessing?
I-77 tolls? The Flint water department? For-profit schools that prey on veterans in exchange for campaign donations?
Chip Potts, Mooresville
Obama must act to bring transparency
Thursday marked the sixth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision – six years of mega-donors drowning out the voices of average citizens.
President Obama has called for the nation “to reduce money in politics, so that a handful of families and special interests can’t bankroll an election.”
He now has an opportunity to throw back the curtains.
A coalition of organizations has delivered a petition of one million signatures to the president asking him to strengthen disclosure.
With one stroke of a pen, he could sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
Voters want transparency, and Citizens United is as opaque as it gets.
It’s time for change.
Wil Mulligan, Charlotte
Two more reasons to keep doing flyovers
In response to “Game flyovers waste taxpayer money” and “Flyovers are good military training” (Jan. 20 and 21 Forum):
Just a reminder that pre-game flyovers also serve two other benefits:
▪ They give football fans, most of whom are citizens and taxpayers, a thrill in seeing what at least a part of their taxpayer money is paying for.
▪ They are inducements to enlistment for military service.
Keep ’em flying!
Tom Higgins, Mooresville