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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “New challenges have changed how health care is delivered” (Jan. 14 Opinion):

Massive salaries hospital execs make a part of the picture too

First, do no harm?

My wife and I have had direct experience with Geoffrey Rose’s Sanger Clinic and I have one question for him. How much does Sanger have to charge to pay the $16.5 million a year that the top nine executives make at Carolinas HealthCare System?

The fig leaf of what you do is getting smaller and no longer covers up the real business of your bosses. Please do what you have pledged and stand up to them for us.

Gerald Moose

Richfield, N.C.


In response to “City to consider major improvements for I-277” (Jan. 15):

First finish work on eyesore known as Independence Blvd.

I can’t help but wonder where Independence Boulevard redevelopment from Sharon Amity to Conference Drive fits into this plan? There are businesses torn down, everything is gone, then about year ago the work suddenly stopped for another useless “study”!

This area looks like a war zone. It’s another extreme example of the city and state neglecting the east side.

Jennifer Dior

Charlotte


In response to “Panthers seeking $125M from city” (Jan. 15):

Richardson asking too much

of taxpayers at a difficult time

I have a counter-proposal for Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. Add a surcharge to refreshment sales at the stadium, then send me the extra proceeds so I can renovate my house.

I find it objectionable that the public would be asked to finance stadium improvements during these difficult economic times.

Arnie Grieves

Charlotte

If Richardson wants to renovate, let him foot the tab

So taxpayers got a “good deal” when Bank of America Stadium was built? The taxpayers appreciate that, but it doesn’t entitle team owner Jerry Richardson to $125M of taxpayers’ money for stadium improvements.

The Panthers haven’t had a winning season since 2008 and haven’t won a playoff game since the 2005 season. Yet the franchise Richardson paid $206 million for is now worth over $1 billion, according to Forbes.

It’s time the City Council said “NO” to more taxes for another uptown pet project. Let Mr. Richardson use some of his own money for these renovations.

Tripp Cherry

Charlotte


In response to “City eases union dues collection” (Jan. 15):

City Council decision on unions a mistake; they bankrupt cities

The writer is executive director of the Center for Union Facts.

News that the Charlotte City Council will allow payroll deduction for public sector union dues is cause for concern.

The city has elected to become the union’s own collection service, and will be enabling union political activity. Instead of taking a neutral stance, the city is now automatically siphoning taxpayer dollars into the union’s political machine.

At a time when public sector unions have bankrupted many cities and brought others to the financial brink, Charlotte’s decision to assist them is ill-advised.

Richard Berman

Washington, D.C.


In response to “Higher taxes = smaller checks. You didn’t see this coming?” (Jan. 15 Forum):

Can’t pin blame for payroll tax cuts solely on the president

For approximately 99 percent of the paycheck-receiving public, the smaller paychecks are due to expiration of the payroll tax cut which was part of the stimulus program, and not a Bush tax cut.

I wonder, however, did Forum writer John Marszalek’s “uninformed” and “uneducated” voters choose President Obama – whose tax plan did support an end to the payroll tax cut?

Or did they vote for Mitt Romney, whose tax plan also proposed an end to the payroll tax cut? Or did they vote for tea party candidates who sought an end to this tax cut in Feb. 2012?

Jon R. Moore

Charlotte


In response to “Powell defends Obama’s pick for defense secretary” (Jan. 14) and related articles:

Hagel isn’t afraid to question dogma; we need more like him

I am skeptical of the extremism of Sen. Chuck Hagel’s neoconservative opposition. No one in this group has acknowledged their rash rush to invade Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. I want folks in political power who are willing to change their minds if new information arises.

While an early backer of the Iraq War, Sen. Hagel changed his mind on the war earning rebukes from his Republican party.

Hagel’s record as a soldier, senator and businessman is very solid. This country needs more men and women who use Socratic questioning instead of being slave to any dogma.

John H. Divine Sr.

Charlotte


In response to “Pantsless commute” (Jan. 14):

Skip the exhibitionism when donating to worthy causes

Useful agencies and foundations exist already, and one’s efforts can be added to theirs as a force-multiplier. These groups will gladly take help, and they don’t waste time being wedded to whimsy or to advancing the Cause of Weird-ism.

Life is weird and daunting enough without self-proclaimed disciples of dopiness desperately seeking attention.

Steve Craig

Charlotte

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