Outpourings of letters over the shootings in Connecticut pushed several other issues out of the print running. Here's a look at some that got outrun.
Another batch of letters from N&O readers on the shootings. These are largely unedited:
Lots of letters rolling in with people wanting Mike and Mary Easley run outa town on a rail. If you missed Saturday's story about the former first lady's deal with N.C. State that nets her $43,000 more each year in retirement pay, check it out here.
Another round of election letters. You will note that there are few if any pro-Romney letters. That's because the few we got are running in the paper this weekend. And that's the truth.
We always receive more letters than we can possibly print. As you can imagine, the number we get during an election increases exponentially. We can't come close to printing them all, so here's a look at 30 you won't see in the paper. More to come.
We always receive more letters than we can possibly print. As you can imagine, the number we get during an election increases exponentially. We can't come close to printing them all, so here's a look at some you won't see in the paper.
Please remember the rules: We give priority to letters that mention SPECIFIC articles, editorials, opinion pieces or letters that have been printed in the paper. Random election musings are not likely to make it. We do not print generic endorsement letters. The letter limit is 200 words; letter-trimming time around ye ol' Opinion Shop is scarce. And you can't have more than one letter in the paper every 30 days.
A look at the avalanche of emotion in the community in the wake of the school board's firing of Superintendent Tony Tata:
Lots more letters about Mitt Romney's comment, a few in support of Romney this time. Find some of these letters in Sunday Forum this Sunday.
We had several more letters in the pipeline to run in the paper that called on UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign. Here's a look at those letters and other letters that have been overrun by other news.
Several concerned parents reported a bullying problem at Philips at the beginning of this month.
Neil Pedersen, outgoing superintendent, received letters from parents about bullying. He said he looked into the reported incidents to determine if they were fact or rumor.
Pedersen said there were consequences for the aggressor in all the incidents he had looked into. Bullying is no more of a problem at Phillips than any other school, he said.
We requested the letters from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and just received them today.
Only a portion of the letters were deemed "public." All of the letters containing specific examples of bullying were categorized as "confidential."
However, there were several comments from the School Improvement Team parent survey which reiterated that bullying at Phillips is a concern.
Here are some of the comments:
"Consequences seem non-existent. Kids see this and perceive that there are no repercussions for violent behavior. Many kids are too intimidated to report bullying and assaults."
"...bullying among girls is rampant..."
"Last year one of my child's friends left Phillips because of bullying."
"Get rid of the bullying program, it is not enforced equally..."
Among these comments there were also several containing praise for the way discipline was handled.
"This school intervenes well before the situation escalates."