Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Here’s how to ensure academic quality at UNC and other universities

“Former NBA star speaks up on the UNC case” (May 13) clearly hit the nail on the head. Of particular importance was NBA great David Robinson’s point of view; it was unequivocal. His central theme was that UNC manifestly cheated, not only student-athletes, who enrolled in those fraudulent classes, but all the other 1500 non-athletes who enrolled. He claims by providing those bogus courses, the institution clearly failed to enhance its core mission, the learning process. The article further discusses the recent “Rice Commission on College Basketball.” It describes that the Rice report as unsure as to how to define academic quality and who has the right to make a judgment about academic quality.

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Trump is anything but a ‘master negotiator’

Regarding “Trump says US will exit nuclear accord with Iran” (May 9): Where is the master negotiator? President Trump promised to be a dealmaker on the world stage. But what has he done? China has cancelled orders for soybeans, pork and corn and are no closer to ending the trade deficit. Europe, Canada and Mexico are angry about our tariffs and are less inclined to support us when we face off with others. The U.S. pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, then President Trump asked to get in.

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Trump shouldn’t get credit for Korea peace talks

Regarding “North Korea says US ruining mood of detente” (May 7): For the first time ever I agree with North Korea: Trump is not responsible for the overtures toward peace in Korea, other than as a bad example. They have seen how bellicose, inconsistent, and unstable he is and realized that they can no longer depend on the United States for diplomacy, statesmanship or support. They saw that they have to do it themselves.

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Silent Sam is offensive in more ways than one

Regarding “Words didn't work, so protester took action against statue” (May 4): During student body president Ford Runge’s administration at UNC-Chapel Hill in the 1970s, I became the first black student body secretary. My godparents were faculty members Blyden and Roberta Jackson. They and my parents encouraged me to be involved in campus activities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wake doesn’t have enough to show for its tax increases

Regarding “Wake recommends nearly 3-cent property tax increase” (May 11): Here we go again on taxes. It is so easy to spend other peoples’ money that Raleigh and Wake county leaders get giddy at the prospect. I only hear them talk about income streams and raising taxes but never looking at waste inside the systems. I ask how can we trust any of these leaders to oversee the money taxpayers send to them when they failed at overseeing a single register of deeds office for years?

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Blame Right-to-Work laws for Duke coffee shop incident

Regarding “Duke president apologizes for coffee shop incident” (May 11): The question is not why two hardworking, conscientious baristas could be so capriciously fired, but how they lost their jobs. Neither Larry Moneta nor Robbie Roberts used common-sense compassion to listen to the baristas’ side of the story. You might say they were accidently fired in absence of a company recourse policy.

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Why removing Silent Sam doesn’t destroy knowledge

Regarding “Recent attacks on Confederate monuments are acts of prejudice” (May 3): Edwin M. Yoder Jr.’s critique of efforts to remove the Silent Sam statue from the campus at UNC- Chapel Hill expresses respect for history, but it misrepresents the realities of historical change and the actual sources of historical knowledge. People have always removed statues that represented regimes or values to which they no longer adhere.

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Kay Hagan’s legacy must be continued

Regarding “Hagan too ill to attend fundraiser, see tribute” (Apr. 17): My heart bleeds for Kay Hagan. Right up to the moment she encountered dreaded encephalitis that stole her effervescent personality, she was a sparkling package of energy, focused on meaningful good work in her life as a member of the US Senate and as a former leader in North Carolina's General Assembly.

DNA expert shares odds of finding another match to Beaufort rape from the 80s

SC Law Enforcement Division agent Laura Hash shares the odds of DNA found on a rape victims clothing from the 80s with the jury during the first day of Isaiah Gadson Jr.'s trial at Beaufort County Courthouse. Gadson is linked by DNA to the January 1
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