In response to Medicaid expansion blocked (Feb. 5):
Medicaid expansion the right move for N.C., dont block it
Medicaid expansion will save money, not cost money.
Our taxes and higher insurance premiums already pay for expensive emergency room treatment for uninsured people. Its far cheaper to provide Medicaid insurance so that people with very low incomes can obtain treatment at the early stages of illness.
In this way we not only save money but, more importantly, we save lives.
In response to Compensation jumps for top hospital execs (Feb. 6):
Need better numbers to tell if hospital execs grossly overpaid
The article could have been meaningful had you compared the salaries of the Carolinas HealthCare System execs with those of Veterans Administration employees holding equivalent jobs, as the VA is the only system larger than CHS, as well those of the system in third place.
That information would have given readers perspective on whether these salaries are as astronomical as they appear, or simply the going rate for the size of the system.
As it is, we have no basis for any type of informed judgment.
Lets not forget role N.C. Dems played over the last century
The writers of McCrorys intellectual dead end (Feb. 6 Viewpoint) not only attack Gov. McCrory, but Republican personalities and policies as well.
But whats amusing is their unknowing indictment of the N.C. Democratic Party when they decry our low-ranking education, low wages, and hungry children in a state with areas that approach Third World poverty.
This, after a Democratic-controlled legislature for 100 years and Democratic governors for most of that time. Maybe its time for a different party and a different perspective, after all.
Joanna M. Reynolds
In response to Boy Scouts delay decision (Feb. 7) and related articles:
If Boy Scouts rescind ban on gays, thatll be it for me
The Boy Scout oath is:
On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
If Boy Scouts of America fails to defend its long-standing policy on banning homosexuals, I guess theyll have to take out the morally straight part of the oath. Then, Ill be the first of I assume many former scouts wholl send back my Eagle badge!
Dont let lobbyists win; elect those who seek common good
The division among members of Congress has had widespread negative impacts on our economy. One of the most notable is the lackluster performance of Wall Street due to the uncertainty of the decisions before Congress on the debt ceiling and deficit.
I for one have certainly noticed the decline in my investment portfolio.
Its indicative of a Congress that is torn between two conflicting objectives: representing the interests of the people that elected them and toeing their party line, which supports the lobbying groups that provide them funding for re-election.
Currently the lobbying groups are winning.
We need a Congress bold enough to do whats in the best interests of all the people, not just a powerful few.
I suggest we send a succinct message to Congress: Dont re-elect any of them.
Itd make more sense for USPS to cancel Monday mail delivery
After the U.S. Postal Service spent $30 million sponsoring Lance Armstrongs bicycle team and recently raised the cost of a first-class stamp again, we now find theyll be canceling first-class mail delivery on Saturdays.
It would make more sense to cancel Monday delivery instead. If you cancel Saturday, then each time there is a Monday holiday you wont get mail until Tuesday.
In response to Memo justifies drone strikes on U.S. citizens (Feb. 6):
I question recent moves to curb gun rights but justify drones
Justifying drone strikes on citizens while trying to justify restricting gun rights is hypocrisy and continues to erode our Constitution.
Im not defending former Charlotte resident Samir Khan, who was killed by a drone strike, or anyone who may hold questionable views. But if we are not bound together by our Constitution, the rule of law and due process, what do we really have?
Who changes the rules as they play the game? One who is not playing fairly.
These moves by the Obama administration are moving us away from our democratic republic and towards a banana republic.