Letters to the Editor

4/23 Letters: Who is running UNC’s women’s basketball team?

Sylvia Hatchell’s career at UNC

Sylvia Hatchell has coached at North Carolina since 1986 and is in the national Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. She is the only women’s basketball coach to win national championships at three different levels — AIAW, NAIA, and NCAA.
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Sylvia Hatchell has coached at North Carolina since 1986 and is in the national Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. She is the only women’s basketball coach to win national championships at three different levels — AIAW, NAIA, and NCAA.

Good luck, UNC

Several months ago I heard that UNC was not happy with the low attendance at the women’s basketball games. It seems that UNC has decided the solution is to get rid of the coach who established and maintained a stellar program for over 30 years. I have never been a UNC fan but have attended women’s basketball games for over 20 years and have enormous respect for Sylvia Hatchell. She has always been a class act, interested in winning but even more interested in mentoring her players. How sad that UNC has now forced her to resign with the excuse of a few complaints from helicopter parents and their entitled children.

I hope the “new direction” for the program that the UNC AD mentioned will not be one of the players and parents running the team. If so, the chances of winning will not improve and attendance will still be low. Then again, the players might be happy. They will all get the playing time they want and they could all get participation trophies. I’m sure that the winning athletes in women’s programs such as Baylor, UConn and Notre Dame never get their feelings hurt, never get pushed to perform harder and would all agree that participation trophies are almost as good as conference and NCAA trophies.

Linda Marsh

Willow Springs

Muller report response

A person’s response to the Mueller report seems to relate to whether you believe in Trump. For believers, no evidence of wrongdoing is sufficient. For nonbelievers, no more evidence is necessary.

Will Finch

Chapel Hill

Trust Burr?

I agree with your assessment that Senator Burr abused his access to information on the Mueller Report. He also deserted his fellow members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

What I find hard to understand about this is the senator’s reputation for being a man of military discipline. North Carolina trusted this man as a leader with strong convictions regarding National Security. As a leader who has expertise on how to prevent subterfuge from within the mechanism of government.

Indeed, what will it take to restore trust in Burr? I hope you will continue relentless coverage of this vital question.

Rowena Bowman

Chapel Hill

Common sense policy

A group of North Carolinians recently returned from a Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras where participants investigated factors contributing to the flow of migrants to the U.S. They describe a country in crisis. The Honduran security forces are using U.S. military equipment and training to carry out assassinations, torture, disappearances and arbitrary detentions. This story is not reaching us. A common sense policy would focus on the factors that push people to leave. The U.S. needs to cut off military aid, rather than humanitarian and development assistance. A bill has been introduced in the House which would accomplish that, HR 1945. If we want people to stay in their home countries, let’s give them hope that they’ll be able to survive there.

Betsy Crites, former Peace Corps volunteer


Wake Preparatory Academy

Multiple articles published by the N&O over the past few weeks contain misleading information. These articles repeatedly quote The Arizona Republic and a notorious anti-charter school blogger who have been informed of their false statements but refuse to retract the information. Their agenda is clear: weaken the charter school sector and remove school choice.

Wake Preparatory Academy researched multiple Education Management Organizations to assist in the management of a large charter school. The Board chose Charter One because of its unique ability to manage some of the largest and most successful charter schools in the country. Its education model offers the full high school experience, including a wide variety of sports and the arts.

The most egregious claim is that “profit” would be more important than providing a “sound, basic education” for students. We understand that if an outstanding educational experience is not provided, parents will send their children elsewhere. No one benefits from this scenario.

The proposed school in Wake Forest will cost significantly less than the amount paid by a traditional public school for a similar building. Charter schools must finance facilities on their own, unlike traditional public schools. Charter schools must rely on private donations, investors, and personal guarantees from philanthropists who care about children.

With a track record of academic success, financial stability, and efficient services, Charter One delivers a choice in education to North Carolina families at a much lower cost to the taxpayer, with better results. North Carolina’s educational environment will be forever greater welcoming an entity like Charter One.

Michael Way, Division Vice President – North Carolina, Charter One