Why CMS should rely on CMPD for sexual assault investigations
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston said on November 19: “Our goal, my goal is to take responsibility for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct out of the hands of our school staff, and to put that with our extra staff that we’re going to hire. “This is clearly about letting the fox keep the chicken coop. The best course of action would be for CMS to let impartial and much better qualified CMPD staff take care of it. all sexual allegation.
Ed Carlson, Charlotte
Regarding “We have a historic opportunity to transform child care” (Opinion of 22 November):
The need for child care is dire. However, the federal government cannot be the answer to all problems. Why? Look at the tax image.
The national debt is $ 28 trillion and continues to grow. Medicare and Social Security increase debt every year. The bill going through Congress is just a promise to borrow more money in the future to pay for these programs. Most states must balance the budget each year. States cannot print money. They spend within their budget. National day care centers would be borrowed money.
Francis Dostie, Matthews
As the son of a Cabarrus County teacher, I saw firsthand how the pandemic has caused a huge learning gap. Virtual learning did not work; he only exposed the problems that plague an outdated education system.
The pandemic has opened the eyes of parents and society to the seriousness of the system and to student failure. The students are falling behind, the teachers are leaving, and the state government seems to be ignoring all of this.
What is the answer? Retired teachers.
Allow retired teachers to return to the classroom or state or local school boards to help make decisions that would now benefit teachers. Giving teachers a voice in policy decisions will allow students to catch up and learn, which could begin to turn around this failed business called US Education.
Daniel McCraw, Concorde
Raised in a Southern state, I wish my world history book hadn’t included the creation story from Genesis or the sweet and appealing description of the Civil War.
When I was young, no people of color were allowed in swimming pools or public bathrooms, no food or motel services were available. Much of my life has been spent rejecting, unlearning, and adjusting to how to be a suitable citizen of the United States.
I learned a long time ago that you can’t live with a lie, but you can face the facts and even the truth, and deal with what you learn constructively. The school curriculum needs to be clear and honest so that our children grow up to be strong Americans, despite some of our sordid history.
Sam Roberson, Fort Mill
The truth about the story
Regarding “I want the history of the United States to make my children uncomfortable” (opinion of November 17):
I thank opinion writer Kate Murphy for her insightful commentary on what she wants her children to know about American history. You specifically expressed my feelings. I am so worried for this country if we allow the suppression of the truth about our history through the insidious ignorance and ethnocentrism of some who are offended by honesty.
Connie Bray, Hickory
There has always been a retreat from entrenched, rich interests when progressive policy was proposed in the United States. This happened after the introduction of Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. Republicans are calling out socialism about Build Back Better today, just as they have against other progressive policies. These other policies all became extremely popular with the American people after their passage, and Build Back Better will follow the same pattern.
Donna Hatfield, Cornelius
There are laws that deal with the destruction of property. Disagreement and freedom of expression are and must be protected. I just believe it is time to put in writing that riots, fires, looting and looting of public property are not protected. Each city must choose a location and post rules for protests. A park could be chosen and named Free Speech Park, with a podium and benches. We should not have our daily life and business disrupted by protests.
Pat Sherrill, Cherryville
Regarding “the fatal NC wrecks likely to reach their highest level in 20 years, despite more speeding tickets” (November 14):
Speeding in Charlotte is particularly dangerous in residential areas. I have a bird’s eye view of Park Road at its intersection with Marsh Road in South Charlotte. I often sit on a church pew to watch the many vehicles go by on Park Road.
The city bus stop is of great concern, which is particularly dangerous as it is a meter or two from the sidewalk of Park Road, where many vehicles pass and passengers wait to board the bus. It is “an accident waiting to happen”, especially when vehicles are flown back and forth on Park Road.
Richard Lindsey, Charlotte
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