"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
A few viewer responses to our recent editorials:
Ms. Kimberly Potter took strong exception to our suggestion that fracking in North Carolina was worth further investigation….
"It makes me feel truly ill to see articles like yours….If this is what it takes to have a good economy, I want NO part of it. I (know) you don't care about the planet you leave your kids, but I do."
Jo Ann Duprey responded to our series on parenting:
"I'm so glad to see you doing this subject. I am so tired of watching kids who are totally out of control, at home and in public…. As school breaks approached, we'd see mothers in (our) store complaining about how hard it was to find nannies and babysitters to care for the kids while they continued their usual schedules of lunch and shopping with friends."
Ann Munday appreciated our stance on teacher raises, but sees problems in the system:
"Thank you, WBTV, for your kind words about the teaching profession…. Up until the last year or so, I had never regretted becoming a teacher, but the state has finally beaten me down. I can no longer encourage my students to become teachers because I fear that they will be treated poorly as well."
But Melissa Duncan didn't want to hear it:
"Join the Club. I haven't had a raise in 6 years. I get the feeling teachers think they're something special."
Well, we here at WBTV STILL feel teachers are something special.
But thanks to all of you for writing in.
Because WBTV is "On Your Side," we encourage everyone to "Speak Out" – tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.