On charter schools
Our recent story on two new charter schools likely headed to Durham ( bit.ly/1vuYDbN) prompted several comments on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page (Friend him at on.fb.me/18PjLMP and join the conversation)
Mary Sonis: Charter schools are the newest way for corporations to bleed money from taxpayers ... at the cost of our public schools ... and the cost of the taxpayer. Do people realize that these are for-profit schools, and that the profits go to corporations? Taxpayer money dedicated to public school education is being siphoned off, and this is supposed to be a good thing?
Michael Czeiszperger: As the News & Observer already reported, the charter school business is already rife with scams such as the “headmaster” leasing buildings through a separate corporation and then sub-leasing space to the non-profit school at a hefty, zero-risk return. Using a false promise of “choice” they're replacing a public school system where the public directly controls policy and procedure and spending priorities by way of an elected school board, with a private for-profit system that has little in the way of public oversight or control. Heck, thanks to the N.C. legislature, charter school teachers aren't even required to pass a background check to screen for sex offenders ( bit.ly/1idYFOm).
Joe Rogers: Sounds like the parents are making sound choices for their children. Hard to fault that.
Aidil Ortiz Hill: Charter schools aren’t playing fair. The charter school is only a “choice” for you IF the school provides transportation. Also, they have no problems dropping your child if the numbers won’t look good based on their performance. I also believe that when a student gets returned to the local public school, the money originally given to the charter school doesn’t follow them back to the public school. So you see, public schools will have to do more with less.
Green good for economy
Leaders at the local, state and federal level are discovering the economic incentives to lowering the carbon emissions causing climate change and protecting our health and environment by investing in clean energy.
Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa, Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, Michigan Rep. Gary Peters and Sen. Kay Hagan are all on a growing list of lawmakers who know that clean energy isn’t just good for public health, but also for our economy.
Both Braley and Collins have advocated for wind energy, while Peters has remained committed to efficiency and protecting auto industry jobs. Sen. Hagan has also been vocal in her support of mercury pollution safeguards. With many lawmakers working to protect the profits of big polluters, I’m thankful for lawmakers who are serious about addressing climate change while creating the jobs of the future.
Republicans for a reason
The majority of North Carolina voters put Republicans in control of the N.C. General Assembly after liberal Democrats made a big mess of the state’s finances and enacted bad laws. Republicans had to make some hard decisions to clean up the Democrats’ mess.
Some liberal teachers are dissatisfied with the pay raise they received from the General Assembly, paid for with taxpayers money. Kay Hagen is unethically exploiting these dissatisfied teachers for her own benefit. No U.S. senator has any authority over teachers or their pay; the state General Assembly has that authority.
Some teachers are dissatisfied with Thom Tillis‘ performance in the General Assembly, so these teachers are campaigning to keep Tillis out of the U.S. Senate; that would mean Tillis would remain in the General Assembly. These teachers are defeating themselves. If Tillis was in the U.S. Senate he would have no authority over teachers. If Tillis remains in the General Assembly that could mean teachers may not receive raises in the future. Teachers have nothing to gain by campaigning against Tillis for the U.S. Senate but they have a lot to lose if Tillis remains in the General Assembly.
Kay Hagan is deceiving these teachers the way she deceived all North Carolineans about Obamacare, the Veterans using Veterans Affairs hospitals and the $17 trillion dollar national debt. Hagan’s vote for Obama care has forced more expense on many North Carolinians.
James R. Hardy
King Daddy of bad policy
Most of us conservatives strongly believe that we should get back from the U.S. government a fair share of the funds we send there. Also, most of us think it would be sheer nonsense to be paying federal taxes into a program which would benefit 500,000 poor North Carolinians who work in low-paying jobs, but our state legislature and governor have said, “No, you poor folk can’t have it.”
Right here in the middle of the Bible Belt can you believe our state government has rejected something so badly needed by the working poor in our state, even though our taxes are already paying for it. I just read that rejection of the ACA’s extended Medicaid is costing North Carolina over $10 million a day. Some of our small hospitals have closed, and I’m told others will soon follow due to the financial impact of rejecting this program.
Now we learn that Thom Tillis, our Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, was the ring leader who persuaded the state legislature and our governor to reject this program. This is the King Daddy of all bad public policy decision I know of. I believe that anyone with a modicum of economic sense and strong Christian values would agree, be they conservative Republicans or Democrats. A half million people could have health insurance and the state could be receiving $10 million a day, and Tillis said “No”?
If all of this is true I wonder how anyone (Republican or Democrat) could support this candidate to be our U.S. senator. North Carolina deserves better.
Charles J. Rogers