4/8 Letters: My son’s school does not need armed teachers.

Don’t arm teachers

My son is 6 and in public school. I want nothing more than to keep him safe. But the idea that arming teachers will prevent more violence is just false.

Just a couple of reasons: In active shooter crises, armed civilians have put law enforcement in danger, delayed responses, and posed risks to innocent bystanders. When a man shot and killed people at a Colorado Walmart, law enforcement noted that shoppers drawing weapons in self-defense absolutely slowed the process of identifying the suspect. And when Congresswoman Giffords was shot and injured in Tucson, an armed civilian came close to firing at the unarmed civilian who disarmed the shooter.

National organizations, including one representing 75 police forces from large cities, oppose arming teachers and agree the more guns coming into a situation only increases the volatility and risk. Arming teachers will also burden schools with large new costs for insurance and security.

To truly protect our kids, we need to pass comprehensive safety laws to prevent dangerous people from ever getting guns. Background checks on all gun sales and ERPO (extreme risk protection order) laws are gaining widespread bipartisan support and are far more likely to keep people safe.

Meaghan Mulholland Hutson


Cover the crisis

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, stated this week that the situation there is comparable to a category five hurricane. In February too large a number of people crossed to be properly handled by our border agents. We simply cannot absorb the thousands upon thousands coming from Central America!

Congress needs to get off their duff and pass a sane immigration law that eliminates the loop-hole that requires a hearing for anyone that is caught inside our border, regardless of how they got there. Part of the law should require a path to citizenship for the Dreamers as well as elimination of chain immigration. With our unemployment rate so low, we need workers to fill the multitude of job openings. This would be a win win! Bring them in, but only in a legal, controlled process.

James Ernest Shuler, Jr.


Don’t cut rates

It is irresponsible that President Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates so the economy can increase growth. Unemployment is below 4%, and tax rates on corporations and some individuals are the lowest in many years. Many corporations continue to report record earnings, and the stock market is holding its own.

President Trump is taking all the credit. It is about time that credit be given to the Seniors and Savers that have lived through the last 10 years dealing with interest rates on bank deposits of 2% or lower. These are the people who provide banks with the funds to loan to corporations and other borrowers. It is time to reward these investors with some higher interest rates. Remember when “passbook” savings earned 5% or more in a normal economy. The President is showing his greed again, because he knows that lower interest rates will benefit the real estate projects that pay his family a royalty for the use of his name.

Kevin Beasley


Football raises

The head football coach at North Carolina State University was recently rewarded with a new contract which includes a $250,000 raise. The new salary is $2,350,000 per year. This sort of thing is utterly ridiculous. Yes, college football brings in big money. Yes, college football is no longer strictly amateur competition. But a $2 million plus salary?

The way the NCAA works is like so: the huge rewards are distributed back to the colleges but the money can’t be paid to the players. Instead all the dough goes for facilities enhancement (which are beyond ridiculous) and the pay to coaches. It’s time to get off this mindless train to nowhere. The NFL is hugely rich. They should fund a minor league system for players. Meanwhile, the colleges need to greatly restrict playing schedules and practice time. Coaching staffs need to be axed as well. All of these actions will bring coaches pay down to more reasonable levels.

Robert Peele

Rocky Mount