Letters to the editor
Support local veterans
As our nation celebrates Veterans Day today, honoring those who have served in the military, our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be distributing the traditional Buddy Poppies and accepting donations at the Peace and Justice Plaza in front of the Franklin Street Post Office from 3 to 6 p.m.
VFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in Veterans Administration hospitals across the country. The majority of donations received by VFW Posts is retained locally to provide for veteran services and welfare. The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assembled the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.
Buddy Poppy proceeds represent no profit to any VFW unit. All the money contributed by the public for Buddy Poppies is used in the cause of veterans’ welfare, or for the well-being of their needy dependents and the orphans of veterans.
Please come by the Post Office between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.. This is one of the major annual fundraisers for our Chapel Hill Post, and it is an opportunity for citizens in our community to make a donation and express their support for local veterans in need. Thank you.
VFW Post 9100
Teacher pay shameful
It's no wonder that North Carolina teacher pay is ranked 46th in the nation behind Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Utah when it comes to the national average that is $10,000 less than what some are making right now.
It is a crying shame that some of the best teachers are leaving the profession for other careers. As a former teacher for a local school system here in the Triangle it is obvious to me why so many of the teachers that I knew when I was employed there have left the state for other ventures or looking for new opportunities.
I love the job that I did, but it was not enough to deserve a salary that is livable. The same can be said for those who are substitute teachers who got into the profession, work their way up into the rankings and still work a job that didn't give them the proper respect they deserve, let alone a decent living.
It's no wonder that this state is the target of the late-night jokes where North Carolina is highly ranked in other things, but at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to education.