Your View: GOP leaders jump when the ‘connected’ complain

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 05:48 PM

The GOP Legislature and governor act like Third World dictators when it comes to trying to discourage and prevent people from voting.  Student IDs are no longer valid, early voting days are cut by a week, they stopped pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds and a student civics program, and killed an annual state-sponsored voter registration drive.
The state estimates it will cost $834,200 in 2013 and 2014, and $24,100 every two years after that to provide free IDs!  Our representatives and governor also moved from machine voting to paper, costing taxpayers millions.  All this from a governor who ran on a campaign pledge of fiscal restraint!  The governor equated voter ID requirements with the ID requirement to buy Sudafed, which is used to illegally make methamphetamine.  Equating a constitutional right to illegal activity is laughable and shows the governor’s ignorance of our constitutional rights.
Lastly, watching the GOP Legislature and governor react to wealthy, connected people shows just how afraid they are of them.  When money was cut from the High Point Market and the connected complained, the Legislature and governor could not move fast enough to correct this error and threw in an extra $200,000.  The Legislature tried to limit the amount of sales taxes nonprofit hospitals could have rebated to between $1.6 and $2.7 million, but when the connected complained, the cap was set at $45 million!
The Legislature and governor answered complaints and protests of non-connected with arrests and cookies from the governor.  We now know just what the GOP and governor think of the average person and how little they value this state.  They gave us a regressive income tax system that favors the connected and threw in a 4.75 percent sales tax on movie and theater tickets for good measure.  Wait until you see what they are planning on taxing next!
TOM TAYDUS
High Point

Why do we undervalue qualified teachers?
In the Sept. 6 issue in the Opinion section, Phillip Black blasted teachers in Guilford County for having the nerve to accept $40,000 salaries while the average worker in Guilford County has a median income of $26, 249 working 40-50 hours per week at manual labor in a factory.
The questions I have are: Can non-qualified persons teach our children better than someone who has paid to go to college to earn a degree to teach, and why do so many people not value qualified teachers? All those who want uneducated personnel in our schools teaching our children raise your hands.
Some people seem to think that we can face the future without high educational standards. Do we really think that underpaying teachers is going to help us? Do we really expect qualified teachers to stick around for low pay?
And for the record, approximately $40,000 is the average salary in Guilford which is higher than other counties. Starting salary in Guilford is lower than $40,000. Statewide the annual salary for a teacher with three to five years experience and a bachelor’s degree w/NBPTS Certification is only $34,500. According to the State Board of Education. Source: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/finance/salary/
When it comes to our future, it’s time to face reality.
ROBERT BARNETT
High Point

Family Service combats domestic violence
The tragic death of Laurrissa Armstrong and seven others killed in Greensboro this year from acts of domestic violence may leave many current victims and the general public wondering what help is available in our community.
Family Service of the Piedmont’s Victim Advocacy Program provides free assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.  We help victims obtain protective orders, prepare for and accompany them to court and provide crisis intervention and professional counseling.  Advocacy services are available on a walk-in basis at our service centers located at 1401 Long Street, High Point, and 315 East Washington Street, Greensboro, or you may contact us at (336) 387-6161.
Our shelters, Clara House in Greensboro and Carpenter House in High Point, serve women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and at current risk of serious injury.  The shelters provide a stable, supportive environment in which a victim and their family can begin to rebuild their lives. Last year, 92 percent of women who stayed in our shelters for at least 10 days went home to a safe, non-violent living environment.
Family Service’s Crisis Line received over 3,000 calls last year from victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Crisis Line responders provide referrals for crisis services, 24 hour access to shelter admission assessments, and immediate contact with a warm, caring person. The Crisis line number is (336) 273-7273.
Family Service of the Piedmont is dedicated to serving victims as we work to end domestic violence in our community.  As we move into domestic violence awareness month in October, please visit our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/familyserviceofthepiedmont for updates on community events that will allow residents to show their support for breaking the cycle of violence and helping victims move forward in safety and health.
Online at www.safeandhealhtyfamilies.com
SHAY HARGER
Jamestown

 

YOUR VIEW POLLS

North Carolina law does not provide for recall elections for officeholders — until the next election, of course. Should N.C. law be changed to allow recall elections? What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment.  Here are two comments:
• Modifying the City Charter to allow a recall for ineptitude and other serious breaches of public trust can function as a deterrent, which we now lack.
• Yes, but only in cases where an official has been involved in illegal activity. Once the voters speak, their choice should not be up for constant revote by the opposition.

Will the N.C. law to give employers nine months to verify citizenship of workers result in more illegal immigrants being hired, taking jobs from legal N.C. residents? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to hpe.com under Opinion and post a comment.