Letters to the editor

Sep. 09, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

Problem solved

Wonderful!! North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos has solved the problem of paying our educators, who "provide a helluva lot of good service," a living wage.

Simple.  Hire them all using no-bid personal services contracts.  Obviously this administration has ample funds, based on the money that has been shelled out since McCrory took office. 

And the frosting on the cake?  Apparently such payments come from no one's department.  Problem solved.
Linda A. Naylor

I just read Wallace Chamber's letter ("Stop giving passes," Sept. 6) and I cannot agree more. Before he came to Durham, Eric Becoats had a history of confusing what is personal and what is job-related, whether it was the personal use of public resources, or putting personal items on his expense report.

It is apparent that he still can't get these matters straight, and the evidence now suggests that he knew better in the case of the school buses. In most organizations, this would not be tolerated in a junior-level manager, let alone a senior manager. 

He has become a distraction to what our school leadership needs to doing. It is time for him to go.

Robert G. Harrison


Where is the outrage?

Reading the story last week, “Students charged with beating special-needs classmate off campus,” has angered me beyond words.

A 17-year-old child with cerebral palsy was asked by classmates to come out and play basketball (imagine his excitement of acceptance) only to be knocked to the ground, kicked and  punched by “about 10 people.”

Of the three arrested, Mustafa Magwood was released on a $2,500 bond (really?) and Terry Johnson and Shaiheed Humphrey were still in jail with $1,000 bonds.(Again, really?)

This despicable action makes me wish we still had a “stoning“ system.

What kind of parents raise these uncaring heathens?

My only hope in salvation is that the presiding judge will see fit to sentence these kids to their every waking hour (outside of school) being spent at a children’s hospital.

Shame, shame, shame on everyone involved.

Simone Wilson