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DOING THE MATH

With so many problems being caused by economics, I am dumbfounded that our public schools seem to be teaching everything but economics.

The situation of the past few years could have easily been averted if the US population had a basic understanding of economics.

Case in point, the financial bubble was caused by too many people taking out loans they couldn’t afford. Had their been adequate financial education early on, the majority of these loan seekers would have realized that the loan offers of $10,000 with no money down and low APR were the same as someone coming up to them on the street and saying: “Try this — the first hit’s free.”

Had this been the case, the Guilford County budget would be fully funded and not be requiring the cuts currently being pursued.

All it takes is a willingness to introduce the basic supply-and-demand concept in public schools to open the minds of students.

Given the massive debt they’ll be inheriting, the least we can do is provide them with the skills to pay it off.

Michael Norbury, Greensboro

POETIC JUSTICE

When I attended the book launch party on April 7 for Terri Kirby Erickson’s third book of poetry, In the Palms of Angels, I was totally impressed with Terri’s reading of her wonderful poetry and the whole standingroom-only evening. Never have I been so shocked when I read the reporter’s grossly misrepresented version of the evening [Poetry in a plac of suffering”; April 20,

2011; by Christian Bryant]. He missed the whole theme of and reason for the party.

It was humiliating to everyone there, whatever their age. His writing leaves the reader believing the room was full of old, decrepit and senile people. I pray he is never assigned the same duty in a nursing home where the residents are really in the condition described in the article and the staff works hard to make their days pleasant and comfortable. It would be hurtful and degrading.

It was insulting to the efficient Derrick L.

Davis Cancer Center staff, and for the lovely facility where they give excellent and loving care. No mention was made that 10 percent of the book sales for the evening would be donated to the cancer center’s Semstein Fund, a fund to help those who are unable to afford the treatment that can save and/ or extend a life. I mention here that Mrs. Semstein attended that evening. No mention was made of the original painting on display for the evening. Terri’s uncle, Stephen White, acclaimed North Carolina artist, has done an original painting for the cover of all three of her books of poetry. I mention here that Mr. White also attended that evening.

Contrary to the article, I believe every person there, those sitting and those standing, knew why they were there. What an insult to all of us, and especially toTerri. An apology should be printed in your paper immediately!

Frances Y. Dunn, Winston-Salem

I was at Terri Kirby Erickson’s book launch party on April 7th, and as one of the attendees that was not “blissfully unaware,” I have to question whether Mr. Bryant was at the same event. He makes her party sound like it was packed with senile, mentally and physically handicapped people and the implication is that she relates so well with misfits because she can identify so well personally with them.

At the end of the evening, I was one of many that waited patiently in line to have Ms. Erickson sign a copy of her book that I had purchased. Why was I not trampled by the “snowy haired friends” that “rush[ed] toward her on walkers and canes”? How could I have missed this? I was there for theentire evening, and found a wonderful variety of people of all ages, who had just one thing in common: an appreciation for the work of this great artist.

I’m not sure where Mr. Bryant is coming from, but this article was weirdly slanted, insulting to both Ms. Erickson and her guests, and totally unrepresentational of the event. I think he owes her a public apology.

Stella Brattin Gibson, Mocksville

COP CAMERAS

I agree with John Stossel’s last column [“Watch the watchmen”; April 28, 2011]. No one should be arrested for videotaping a traffic stop, an arrest or any act of police brutality. I believe in the right to privacy, but “public servants” supposedly work for the people so we should be able to know what they do while they are on the job, especially if they carry guns.

Police officers have the power to take away your life, liberty, property and end your pursuit of happiness. They are even allowed to lie under certain circumstances. People with that much power should be watched.

I personally think that a camera should be part of a police officer’s uniform.

Chuck Mann, Greensboro

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