Letters to the Editor

Teachers aren’t the only ones struggling with low pay

Regarding “Teachers’ signs tell of hard times” (May 17): As a state employee, I was greatly offended by the teacher rally held in downtown Raleigh this past Wednesday. I have been a loyal state employee for 20 years and I go to work day in and day out without complaint. I work hard at a job I feel worth doing. I don’t ask for attention or praise for what I do. I just do it because it’s my calling in life to serve others.

Letters to the Editor

Teacher pay isn’t a ‘right/left problem’

I am a retired teacher from way upstate New York. The salaries are all locally funded and so they are wonderful in southern part of state, terrible in the North Country where I lived. But the state does fund teacher training, the unions are rather powerful and libraries are in decent shape.

Letters to the Editor

Silent Sam is part of history ‘and cannot be erased’

In the letter to the editor “Stop Silent Sam” (May 6), the writer raised concerns and questions that could be addressed by any former student or anyone who has spent time on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sam did not seem a figure of any significant controversy when I was in school there in the mid-60s. He was known more for why he has never fired his rifle.


Losing Carolina -- Gene Nichol

UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt, Provost Bob Bruin and the Board of Trustees rejected the findings of the faculty grievance committee that Jay Smith’s academic freedom had been violated when his course on big-time athletics, and its scandals, was derailed. No great surprise there.


A reckoning is coming for blue states

Before the ink was dry on our new tax bill, outraged blue states were screaming about the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Their governments were also frantically seeking ways around it, and small wonder. For decades, high-tax states with a lot of wealthy residents enjoyed a hefty subsidy from the rest of America. Legislators were understandably panicked over what voters might do when handed the rest of the bill.

Hungry as a child, now she wants to feed Haiti and the world

Edna Ogwangi, who well remembers food shipments from the U.S. when she was a child in Kenya, shows people how to produce food for themselves through Raleigh-based Rise Against Hunger.
Robert Seligson