Letters to the Editor

5/8 Letters: I’m a school nurse. There should be more of us.

School nurses

On May 8 we celebrate School Nurses Day to recognize nurses and to foster a better understanding of the role. We take our roles as licensed, professional school nurses very seriously. I take on a variety of roles every day and serve multiple schools. For many children, I am the only health professional they may have all year. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic physical, emotional, and mental health problems keep increasing. Teachers must often step in and provide care.

Healthier students are better learners. Evidence-based research in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health overwhelmingly supports this argument. We must invest in programs and services that seek to improve the health and well-being outcomes of all children. As our elected officials make funding decisions for next year, I hope their budget reflects the right priorities — ensuring our children have a successful, productive, and healthy future.

Gina B. Cornick RN BSN NCSN, School Nurse Association of NC, Central Region President



The News & Observer continues to present only one side of the red wolf controversy, and I believe the public deserves to know the unfortunate truth. The real problem is coyotes. When red wolves originally existed in the Southeast there were no coyotes in North Carolina. By the time the program was put in place, coyotes were widespread and increasing dramatically.

Like most canines, coyotes and red wolves readily interbreed and are producing a “super coyote” offspring. This genetic impurity is what will doom the red wolves in the wild. It is inevitable. Attempts to halt it have failed miserably. Hybridization already approaches 50% of live trapped (unharmed) “wolves” born in the reintroduction areas. The rate is rising. Sadly, red wolves will cease to exist in the wild.

Walton Joyner, Jr


Support teachers

I was very disturbed by the letter on May 5 suggesting public teachers leave education if they cannot accept their low pay. My three children, now 25, 22 and 15 have all been through NC public schools. I have been an active volunteer in many classrooms. I have seen firsthand the stresses, worries and personal involvement these teachers have.

Teachers have a greater impact on our communities and our children than just teaching alone. If society truly valued what they do, they should be compensated appropriately. They felt to be truly heard, a day of protest was necessary. Individuals who chose higher paying careers also advocate for more pay. To say these dedicated public servants do not deserve our respect is akin to saying we shouldn’t care about the health, well-being and education of our children and their futures.

Sue Duronio

Chapel Hill

Biased titles

A group that wants to preserve confederate monuments are “Silent Sam supporters” while a group opposed to Confederate monuments are “anti-racist activists?” (“Tempers flare as protests resume,” May 6) Why not call the pro-monument group the “anti-murder” group, because every one of them is opposed to murder. The reasons are simple: because first, that would imply that the opposing group was somehow not anti-murder, and second, murder was not the subject of the rally. Similarly, no one was rallying for racism in Chapel Hill, but they were labeled racist by an opposing group. Please don’t be so gullible as to accept every group’s own self-serving label. Thinking people do not want to be told what to think.

Michael Johnson


Solutions needed

Sen. Richard Burr just sent out an email criticizing Medicare for All.I agree that there are issues with Medicare for All. Let’s see if Republicans and Democrats can agree to work together to make both the proposal and the existing program better. Unfortunately, the Trump solution is to kill the Affordable Care Act and leave more than 30 million Americans without any medical insurance.

Ken Berger



It is no surprise that Ned Barnett wonders if gentrification is “so bad,” as little attention has been paid to the bad side of gentrification, much less to the concerns of the people affected by it. Raleigh and Durham are home to many distinct downtown neighborhoods — vibrant, diverse communities. That could be lost. Once an area is seen as attractive to people of means, there is an increase in rents and taxes which older residents can ill afford. Older houses may be torn down to make way for the grander homes the new neighbors require. Gentrification involves more luxury homes and apartments, so it can’t be argued that it compensates for any disruption and displacement it causes by making home ownership available to more people.

Lynn Mitchell Kohn