Voters need good journalism
on tax issues and entitlement
We need good research and journalism to cut through the quagmire and educate voters – and perhaps the candidates – on history of income taxes, estate taxes, and entitlement spending from the 1950s forward, with commentary on what actually achieved good, balanced results for our country.
Reporting today has degenerated to man on the street opinions, with too little research and real journalism.
I believe the Observer can lead the media to a much higher standard in civic education and real journalism by addressing our tax and entitlement history and the resulting outcomes.
Alex A. Diffey Jr.
I don’t question Romney’s money, just the way he made it
It’s not evil to make a lot of money. The evil is in the way you make it.
Genghis Khan pillaged cities and killed thousands to accumulate wealth. That was evil.
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison built great companies and paid employees well. That was good.
KB Toys was a good company in 2000 when Bain Capital came in with a leveraged buyout, causing KB to close and putting thousands out of work. In 16 months Bain and a retired Mitt Romney made a 370 percent return on their money. That was bad.
Time for city, county to face some hard economic realities
Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments have never accepted the fact that we are in a down economy. They have not made the hard decisions required to effect adequate change.
We need to start by reducing the size of the two governing bodies. Then, we need to consolidate into one unit all that remains.
The consolidation cannot be done in-house. They will have to have outside help. There are firms that do this work.
Robert W. Wilson
Patsy Keever best choice for 10th District congressional seat
When Patsy Keever makes a commitment, she gives it everything she has.
That is what she is doing now. Her allegiance to fight for clean air and water, education, jobs with a living wage and equality for all people regardless of race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation are just a few of her attributes.
She listens and respects you. She gets it!
I encourage you to vote for a candidate that will truly be a voice for us in Washington. A voice that stands up but also knows how to work with others to find solutions.
N.C. auto inspections ought to go the way of the blacksmith
Why are North Carolinians held hostage by the auto inspection industry?
Just like dynamic capitalism eliminated the blacksmith, dynamic capitalism eliminates the need for auto inspections. Automobile computers tells us when a car is malfunctioning. Modern emissions standards reduce pollution.
Let scientists decide which automobiles must be inspected.
The auto inspection industry depends on profits received from inspections. Give them a grace period of a year or two to change their business model.
Too much reaction, too little thinking takes place today
Get your children away from senseless video games! Everything in today’s society is geared toward zap, bang, slam, crash, blast, destroy. React, react, react.
Television, video games, even news programs encourage the reactionary part of the brain. This encourages bullying, killing, hitting, which then leads to teen suicide and gunfights.
All good learning experiences should be directed to the thought process – the understanding and comprehension parts of the brain. This is facilitated by compassionate parents, teachers, neighbors and real friends – not the 45,000 people you call Facebook friends.
Adult day centers another option for midlife caregivers
The writer is founder/CEO of The Ivey Adult Day Center.
Reporter Karen Garloch’s excellent article “More women spend midlife as caregivers” (Oct. 9) omitted an important resource for caregiving: adult day programs.
Benefits for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other dementias include socialization, stimulating activities, healthy meals and on-site health care at most centers. Some centers also have specialized certification to care for seniors with dementia.
Long-term care insurance and veterans’ benefits both pay for adult day care.
Let’s implement program that pair seniors and pre-schoolers
A recent AARP article told of a nursing home in Jenks, Okla., that incorporated a pre-school and kindergarten class into the facility in 1998, introducing daily interaction between residents and young children.
I’ve long thought this combination would bring a wealth of benefits to both recipients. It’s my hope that those in charge of implementing such an idea in Charlotte would see the incredible potential of such a facility here.