Commissioner pay raise unconscionable
Mecklenburg County commissioners, I’m sure you are good and well-intentioned people, but Kevin Siers’ cartoon Tuesday was right on point.
Elevating yourself financially above those you serve seems extremely contrary to a Democratically controlled board.
You chose this “part-time” public service job. Increasing your pay and stripping away accountability for your expenses is unconscionable!
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Don’t let your power go to your head. You have elevated yourself on the dais, but at the end of the day you are just politicians, elected at the whim of the people.
Patrick Walters, Charlotte
No fat salary, perks with public service
Darn right it’s hard to justify a 41 percent pay increase for county commissioners.
Keep in mind that this a “public service” position not a full-time career, which is where this is headed. What’s next; retirement, paid vacations?
If one truly wants to “serve” the public, they should volunteer their time and at most have their expenses covered.
Ed Carlson, Charlotte
Puckett is right; I-77 is a loser project
In response to “The unmitigated stupidity of I-77 tolls” (June 21 Opinion):
Amen, and well-stated, Mecklenburg County commissioner Jim Puckett.
I have been observing N.C. highway development and construction for over 65 years. I know a loser project when I see one.
Ralph McNatt, Charlotte
Let educators decide how to teach math
Well, our wonderful legislators are at it again.
They are proposing in House Bill 657 that we teach not only the rigorous new N.C. math standards adopted earlier this month by the State Board of Education, but also offer the old, outdated Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence.
Right! Let’s just let kids pick which track they want – the one that prepares them for college/career readiness, or the one that prepares them for the 1950s.
These same legislators wouldn’t dream of telling their doctor how to perform surgery. Why is it they think they can tell professional educators, backed by research and experts in the field of mathematics education, how and what to teach?
Cheryl Milam, Huntersville
Kids killed daily by guns; that matters
What’s the difference between 50 kids shot one day at a time last year and 49 people killed in one day at an Orlando nightclub?
The answer isn’t one. The answer is none!
Yet, the 49 get massive national attention and the 50 get passive national nothingness!
James Mulcahy, Charlotte
Trump can win; that scares many on left
In response to Our View “Republicans should try to block Donald Trump” (June 19 Editorial):
Spare us the sanctimonious advice regarding our presumptive nominee.
If Trump is such a weak general election candidate, the left should be thrilled to run against him.
I believe your editorial board and other leftists fear Trump can win. Clearly, if this is an issues-oriented campaign, Trump should win.
The left’s best option is to use the O.J. legal defense team’s strategy and play the race card.
Robert Cassell Jr., Charlotte
Marshall Park, a rare valuable treasure
I implore you to not reduce the rare and valuable Marshall Park in our urban core. This 5.4 acre oasis is a treasure worth far more than money.
As a developer I can attest that the true short and long-term value of this land is the proximity and views of the beauty of open green space.
Developers know how to maximize this value through siting and design of buildings, so challenge them to benefit from the park, not diminish it.
If you need any encouragement about the immeasurable value of park spaces, visit the historic Duke Mansion, where4-plus acres have been transformed into a public garden for Charlotte’s soul, now and forever.
Mark Erwin, Charlotte
Cam gives kids time, so should Jordan
In response to “Michael Jordan announces $500,000 investment in literacy” (June 21):
Sorry Mr. Jordan, I’m not impressed with your team’s $500,000 donation.
Much more important would be if you spent just half the time Cam Newton does in poor neighborhoods talking to the kids.
You have been perhaps the most influential person in all the world to kids for the past 20 years. Actually spending time with them would have a value far more then $500,000.
Dick Meyer, Charlotte