Wrong school for Dix
I was surprised to learn that all of the alternative plans for the Dix property include a school campus ("Planners muscle up," Aug. 24). There had been no public clamor for a school on the site, nor would it bring in money for the state. How then did it get in both plans? It further appears that this campus is already slated to be given to Raleigh Charter High School, which wants to expand from its current leased space.
But why should North Carolina taxpayers' money or land be given to Raleigh Charter High School? It calls itself a public school but is actually a taxpayer-financed elite segregation academy: 93 percent of its students are white, and none are eligible for free or reduced lunch, according to www.publicschoolreview.com, a Web site that profiles schools nationwide. This school of privilege siphons off students, teachers and resources from the real public schools, which have a mandate to serve everybody.
Evidently some influential parents have inserted this giveaway into the Dix plans, to move Raleigh Charter to the most coveted real estate in town. For shame!
The federal response to Hurricane Katrina is a national scandal ("The disaster that shouldn't have been," Sept. 7). Our nation was better prepared and responded better after 9/11.
Four years after 9/11, it is clear the Bush administration has made us less safe.
We need an independent commission modeled on the 9/11 Commission to investigate what went wrong at FEMA and other agencies. Congress should support Senator Clinton's legislation calling for an independent commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission.
We can't let one political party--especially the one running the government--control the investigation of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
The investigation must be independent from the politicians and have its own investigators, budget and subpoena authority.