Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

Clark shows way to meet challenges

Last Thursday, CMS Superintendent Ann Clark did a masterful job in her “State of the Schools” address of incorporating the various components so critical to effective teamwork in reaching our community’s children. We heard from students, parents, the private sector, teachers, principals – the whole village, as it were.

With 54 percent of our children in poverty, almost 5,000 kids homeless, a significantly diverse population, and many performing short of grade level, the job before us as a community is big.

Ann is relying on us to support her, and more importantly, our kids are. Let’s get behind our children and their teachers and tap the potential that resides in our school houses.

John Tate


In response to “It’s time to think before we fight” (Jan. 31):

A guide to confronting issues, regardless of your faith

Tim Funk’s column should be required reading in every school, church, temple or mosque. He appropriately positions the issues with a broader context and asks us to think about them before engaging in less-than-positive interaction. When religion includes, it is at its best, but when it excludes or divides people, religion is at its absolute worst.

Keith Wilson


In response to “Charlotte’s $18.1 million problem” (Jan. 31 Our View):

No surprise that Raleigh left Charlotte a money problem

How is it a surprise to anyone that Republican politicians that don’t represent the City of Charlotte feel compelled to legislate how the city operates? How is it a surprise to anyone that businesses get a tax break at the potential expense of raises for city workers?

Remember this whenever you hear a GOP politician lamenting the plight of the middle-class.

Chris Cantu


Charlotte, Carlee should prepare like the rest of us

Every time Charlotte’s revenue stream comes in under budget, Ron Carlee becomes Chicken Little and screams “The sky is falling, what shall we do?” Well, Ron, do like the rest of us do. We prioritize our budgets with food, shelter and utilities at the top, and caviar and French impressionist paintings at the bottom. When our ship doesn’t come in we cut off the bottom of the list.

You can do the same with a budget that has police, fire, EMTs and education at the top and trolleys and art work for the sewer system at the bottom. Then when your ship doesn’t come in, you know in advance what to cut.

Jim Van Meerten


In response to “The dangers of anti-test frenzy” (Feb. 1 Our View):

Those who like lots of testing don’t know classrooms

It seems that the only people in favor of the excessive amount of testing going on in our schools are those who have never taught, or those who haven’t seen the inside of a classroom for 10 years or more.

Teaching is much more of an art than a science. While specific, targeted data on students can be useful, the idea that you can judge or become a great teacher by looking at statistics is pure folly. Most teachers know much more about their students than any test can tell them. Back off and let teachers teach.

Steve Knickerbocker


In response to “Leaks persist at ash ponds” (Feb. 1):

Coal isn’t really cheap; our needs can be met elsewhere

The legislature’s “solution” to Duke Energy’s illegal pollution of our water is to legalize the poisoning with “permits,” not to make Duke stop. Stopping would be expensive – so much for “cheap” coal.

Nearly all our energy needs can be met by conservation, efficiency, wind, solar and energy storage. A 2012 University of Delaware study showed wind, solar and energy storage can meet our electricity needs with 99.9 percent reliability by 2030, with no subsidies.

Duke should transition rapidly to safe, renewable energy, or give up its monopoly and get out of the way.

Beth Henry