Letters to the Editor

7/21 Letters: ‘More government support needed’ in guaranteeing affordable housing

Many thanks to the excellent column “The poor are pawns in the real estate chess game of the rich” (July 10) about the disappearance of affordable housing for the poor and elderly in Raleigh, including the disgraceful eviction of old people from the Sir Walter Raleigh hotel. Some other cities, Seattle for one, are working with developers to provide housing for low- and moderate-income people. Raleigh must do the same.

Yesterday I overheard a developer say that he has a parcel of land “yearning to be developed.” Collective greed is remaking the city, evident in the hastily-thrown-up condos and business complexes, in the maws of bulldozers chewing up existing homes and greenery, replaced by houses too big for their lots. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham are becoming increasingly unaffordable. People need the leadership of mayors and city council members, and all others with the energy and desire to keep North Carolina livable for everybody. There are some public/private partnerships, but too many people of modest means are unable to find housing. More government support is needed.

Angela Davis-Gardner

Raleigh

We Must Support Language Education

As the Editorial Board noted in “Reverse the Decline in Language Education” (July 16), strengthening language education is critical to maintaining our position in the world economy because it equips America’s students to compete on the global stage. It is also a national security imperative: a recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, commissioned by me and three other Members of Congress, confirmed that language and cultural inadequacies in our military and intelligence communities weaken our capacity to further American interests abroad.

Last February, with this in mind, I introduced the World Language Advancement and Readiness Act (H.R. 1239) to create and support high-quality world language programs in elementary and secondary schools. The bill would authorize three-year competitive grants to support local and state school districts that plan to establish, improve, or expand innovative programs in world language learning. This legislation would also incentivize the creation of professional development programs for world language teachers. International education and foreign language advocacy groups have expressed their support for my legislation, and the bill already has cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. Shoring up language education is a vital investment in our nation’s education, national security, and economic competitiveness. I will continue to fight for this critical priority over the coming months by promoting H.R. 1239 and relevant expenditures on the House Appropriations Committee.

Congressman David E. Price (NC-04)

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