Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

May 28 letters: Schools, lawmakers should widen door to gifted programs

Regarding the May 21 news article “Smart, low-income students excluded from gifted classes”: The ‘Counted Out’ series on the difficulties that lower-income children and their families have in accessing higher level or “gifted” classes is important. I’ve long wondered if there is a larger systemic approach to tracking and reporting such data. Clearly, there is much to learn. This is a good beginning to this conversation. I’m looking to hear more from our state leaders on the political (funding) side and the academic (education) side about how North Carolina schools and communities can work to change the status quo.

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Counselors, educators must reach out to low-income students

Regarding the May 23 news article “5 ways to boost bright low-income students”: School counselors are well positioned to play an important role in helping all qualified students receive the necessary educational instruction for access to higher education opportunities. To discover students who may be overlooked requires proactive behaviors. Large student-to-counselor ratios force counselors to devote much of their time to reactive behaviors, leaving little time left for actively discovering inequities in student course placements.

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Police department transparency not only a ‘small-town issue’

Regarding the May 13 news article “ Small-town corruption accusations lead to police whistleblower protection bill”: As a current full time 24-year veteran law enforcement officer and division president of the largest law enforcement association in North Carolina, I have been dealing with these cases for a number of years and want people to realize that this isn’t just a small-town issue or one that is isolated.

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American Health Care Act a ‘dangerous step in the wrong direction’

Regarding the news artice “GOP senators can cut Obamacare taxes or preserve coverage for millions, but probably not both”: In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Yet the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a dangerous step in the wrong direction for the nation's healthcare system and economy.

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Dialogue between US, North Korea needed to resolve growing tension

Regarding the May 15 news article “North Korea test-fires ballistic missile”: This appeared to be a confrontation between two sides wanting to show the other how powerful they were. Since the Korean War armistice in 1953, successive U.S. government administrations have let their conflict with North Korea fester without a peace settlement. Now, 64 years later, North Korea has developed nuclear weapons and is developing ballistic missiles that could be armed with those weapons. It said its nuclear program will continue unless the United States abandoned its hostile policy. The new president in South Korea, Moon Jae-in, wants a dialogue with North Korea. This is an opportune time for the U.S. government to step back from the war games, end threats of military action against the North and encourage talks between the North and South. This could lead to a lessening of tensions, liberalization in North Korea and eventually a peace agreement between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Hog farm protection law ‘shameful’; at least governor cared

Regarding the May 12 Under the Dome article “Veto override on hog farms”: As a North Carolina resident, public health professional and member of Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, I appreciated Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a bill protecting North Carolina’s hog farms from lawsuits. The North Carolina House and Senate both overrode the measure and it has since become law.

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Cary vote on Habitat project a chance to show compassion

According to the May 9 news article “Neighbors organize to block Habitat plan to build in Cary,” the Town of Cary planning board voted last month to not recommend approval of a Habitat for Humanity of Wake County project next to Scottish Hills neighborhood despite Habitat drastically reducing the number of homes for the purchased property.

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French voted against extremism

Regarding the May 8 news article “Electing Macron, France votes to stick with Europe”: For years the French often have been the butt of many jokes. But Sunday, as a nation, they stood up and voted against extremism and far-right nationalism.

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N&O reporter conquers NC Beer Mile

News & Observer reporter Will Doran recently completed the NC Beer Mile hosted by Bond Brothers Beer Company in Cary. A beer mile, for the unitiated, is a race where everyone chugs a beer, runs a quarter-mile lap, then repeats it three more times.
Travis Long tlong@newsobserver.com
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N&O reporter conquers NC Beer Mile

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