Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Busing failed my family in 1970s; fight it!

Ellen Martin
Ellen Martin

Busing in ’70s failed my family; fight it

As a parent who had four children bused from their neighborhood schools in the early ’70s in Charlotte, I urge all parents to do everything within their power to prevent this from happening again.

I can truly say at this late stage in my life that this was the most disruptive time in my life.

We never knew each year where our children would be bused because it changed annually based on the number of blacks and whites in each school.

When you have one child bused three times during his high school career, imagine the impact.

If busing didn’t truly help remedy the situation in the ’70s, why are we talking about it again?

Janie Washam, Charlotte

Many poor parents, kids push to succeed

I applaud Tom Tate for having the courage to speak to the challenges low-income parents face in attending student reassignment meetings and how they struggle to see their kids succeed.

But something is missing in this debate.

Even with all the challenges, several hundred low-income students come to school daily. Their parents find ways to get them there and do the things at home to support them.

Some are top students who can compete with students anywhere in CMS.

As we debate ways to address these tough issues, let’s be sure we recognize and applaud the parents and students who do whatever it takes to get the education they deserve.

Jim Williams, Charlotte

Respect all parents, including suburban

In response to “Low-income children deserve our help,” (Feb. 25 Editorial):

Thank you for not painting our educational challenges within the unproductive framework of “us vs. them.”

Some advocacy groups attack suburban parents for wanting what is best for their child.

We should support our struggling families AND we should also not demonize suburban parents who want excellent schools.

We should want and respect both needs.

Ellen Martin, Charlotte

GOP twisting Biden’s hypothetical words

The 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including N.C. Sen. Thom Tillis, emerged from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office last week signed on to obstruction.

Using Sen. Joe Biden’s hypothetical statements as rationale is ridiculous. It was in June 1992, an election year, and Biden said “should consider” – and it didn’t occur.

The GOP should do the right thing by the Constitution and not obstruct.

Chip Potts, Mooresville

Faith-based ventures denied say on toilets

In response to Our View “Legislators should let LGBT ordinance stand” (Feb. 24 Editorial):

The liberal Observer has called opponents of the LGBT ordinance “archaic” and insults us by comparing the history of black discrimination to the struggle of transgenders.

What really passed Monday was raising LGBTQ rights, but killing faith-based businesses’ rights.

Private business owners now have no authority over their own bathrooms.

Ann Marie Lloyd, Charlotte

Offer alternatives on unemployment plan

In response to “N.C. unemployment experiment a failure” (Feb. 24 Opinion):

The writer is president of The Employers Association.

Kevin J. Rogers of Action NC says the 2013 changes to North Carolina’s unemployment system were an experiment that resulted in failure.

Nowhere in his column did he mention that our state had to borrow $2.5 billion from the federal government to cover unemployment costs, that drastic changes had to be made, and that businesses shouldered a part of that burden.

He is typical of many advocacy groups – they simply want to complain about the action taken, yet not offer any alternative solutions to solve the problem.

Kenny Colbert, Charlotte

Story of haircuts lifted my spirits too

In response to “Free haircut gives homeless boost in spirit” (Feb. 21):

What a heart-warming story!

The Observer should have replaced the article that ran on the front page Feb. 21 – about the man who calls people “loser” and “liar” – with the photo of those wonderful people of Camino Community Center and Bethesda Health Center.

Thank you to Wendy Pascual and all those who took part and continue to lift up others – unconditionally.

Peggy Mabry, New London, N.C.