Bernice Stiles Wade died peacefully on May 8, a few days after her 103rd birthday on May 5, joining her twin sister Barbara Stiles, who died at 101 two years ago. Even though their garden on Gimghoul Road in Chapel Hill still glows, it is not the same without them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.