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N.C. will deny me Medicaid,

yet illegal immigrants will get it

A headline Feb. 13 on page 5A read: “Emergency Medicaid helps illegal immigrants.” On 1B, another headline said: “GOP: No to more Medicaid.”

There is Medicaid money for illegal immigrants to take care of pregnancies, yet our state apparently does not want to help legal citizens of North Carolina obtain Medicaid. Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly don’t want to expand Medicaid to help 500,000 people who would be legally eligible for it.

Where is your concern for people who live in North Carolina? It’s not fair that illegal immigrants can get Medicaid, yet people like me, who need it, can’t.

Bonnie Gordon

Charlotte


In response to “Bill would shift control of airport,” (Feb. 13) and related articles:

Need to know why state is involved in airport proposal

Observer coverage of the airport authority proposal has been informative. The fact that the City of Charlotte has total control was eye-opening.

The formation of a more comprehensive board makes sense and needs review.

What I don’t understand is why state government is involved. Does the state make any financial contribution to the operation of the airport? What purpose would it serve to allow the state to appoint members?

More answers are needed.

Rich Barry

Charlotte


In response to Fannie Flono’s “Preschool benefits students and N.C.” (Feb. 15 Opinion) and related articles:

Preschool is crucial but work needs to start before then

All children should have the opportunity to attend preschool.

But, let’s not forget the child before they enter preschool! Parents are a child’s first teacher.

Organizations such as Save the Children train community members to make home visits to at-risk families, coaching them in parenting. These visits begin in pregnancy and continue until the child is 3 years old.

As a director of special education once said: “The earlier we can get them, the better. It’s like building a foundation for a house.”

Principals see a big difference because these kids don’t come to school behind.

Pay for it now or pay for it later, but education is far less expensive than the alternatives.

Ellen Martin

Charlotte


In response to “City letter propelled stadium agreement” (Feb. 12):

Giving taxpayer money to Richardson is ‘public theft’

My elderly mother, a widow on a fixed income, could never afford a PSL and has never been to a Panthers game – and none of that is about to change.

Yet, if our elected “representatives” have their way, she’ll be paying more at the local restaurant for a cup of soup, just so billionaire Jerry Richardson can buy new toys for his highly profitable private business.

If this latest massive public theft – shamelessly promoted and negotiated behind closed doors – is allowed to stand, I don’t know how Mayor Anthony Foxx, our City Council, and enabling members of our legislature will be able sleep at night or look at themselves in the mirror.

Wayne Powers

Charlotte


Climate change a crucial issue, Sierra Club protest was news

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune was arrested outside the White House last week along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and 46 other prominent activists.

They were calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone oil pipeline, which would carry dirty oil from Alberta, Canada to Texas.

The pipeline would create few jobs compared to other energy sources; it will not lower prices at the pump; and is of no benefit to energy independence.

The Sierra Club for the first time in its history sanctioned civil disobedience on this crucial climate change issue, yet no story appeared in the Observer’s print edition.

Come on, report the news. Or is climate change – a key issue in the State of the Union – not relevant?

Alan Burns

Charlotte


In response to “US Airways, American to announce merger” (Feb. 14):

For me, airline merger signals nothing but disappointment

What a shame. American Airlines used to be such a good airline. I flew it often while flying out of San Francisco.

With its US Airways merger, we will have one of the largest incompetent airlines in the world.

Richard Schmidt

Concord


In response to “Rucho calls for changes in N.C. taxes” (Feb. 3) and related articles:

Don’t replace N.C. income tax with broader based sales tax

I’m a retiree who has paid N.C. taxes of all types since my teens.

I’m not happy to pay taxes, but I am not so stupid as to believe the current tax reform scheme in N.C. General Assembly will be good for me and other seniors.

It will shift the burden to seniors who’ve been paying income tax in this state since Ike was in the White House. It will shift the burden to young families with children, and to homeowners.

I may not like paying income tax, but I’ll take that over sales tax on food and medicine.

The middle class and seniors need to protest this tax reform proposal.

Judy M. McCord

Concord

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