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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Medicaid offer officially rejected” (March 7):

McCrory’s decision doesn’t protect taxpayers, it costs them

Gov. Pat McCrory has lost all reality about how uninsured individuals receive health care.

He states that he is protecting “my” tax dollar by rejecting Medicaid money. So who does he think is going to pay when these uninsured individuals go to the emergency room?

Add to this the fact that Carol Steckel, director of N.C.’s Medicaid program, says they can go to “free” clinics and state health departments.

So who does Ms. Steckel think pays for these services?

It’s me, a taxpayer.

Chris Turner

Charlotte

Small N.C. hospitals will suffer under plan governor approved

Blocking expansion may give N.C. politicians time to review the state’s Medicaid program, but it will hurt small hospitals.

Without extra money going into Medicaid reimbursement programs, hospitals will have to make do with ever-decreasing funding, especially as the government sequester takes place. This will decrease hospital efficiency, thus reducing the health of North Carolina.

Laurence Lu

Charlotte


My voter ID plan could prevent fraudulent voting from growing

The voter ID issue is one of preventive maintenance. Everyone disputes the size of the problem, but no matter how big it is now, why allow it to get worse?

Yes, there has to be a solution for those who cannot easily get their birth certificate or other identification necessary to obtain a voter ID.

Maybe those over a certain age who do not have a driver’s license or photo ID can be exempt for the first five years as long as they have a Social Security number, proof of government assistance or a tax record.

Then, when they come to vote they can have their photo taken. Or, with modern technology there must be a way photos can be taken at their church, the hospital or a doctor’s office.

Photo IDs are necessary to board an airplane, open bank accounts, purchase a gun, etc. The voting right should be just as protected.

Andrew Chinigo

Matthews


In response to “Tower loss risks NASCAR flights” (March 7):

Here’s another way to keep Concord tower in operation

When President Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers in the 1980s, many of the tower operations at smaller airports were successfully privatized in cooperation with the FAA. Perhaps the folks at NASCAR can pool their resources and hire a private operator.

Mel Steiner

Hudson


In response to “City told to redirect money for stadium” (March 7) and related articles:

Get private loan to finance unnecessary stadium upgrades

On their website the Panthers proudly proclaim their stadium is “privately financed” and has “state-of-the-art sound, video and scoreboard systems.”

Why upgrade “state-of-the art”? You already have the best!

And if you are privately financed, then keep it that way. Go to the bank for a loan like every other business.

G.W. Arrowood

Charlotte


It’s time to get real on sequestration; start in D.C.

All elected officials in Washington, starting with President Obama, should get a mandatory 50 percent pay cut. All other non-defense personnel should get a 25 percent pay cut.

All non-essential travel should be immediately stopped – i.e. Joe Biden’s golf weekends, Barack and Michelle jetting all over the world. And where are we getting the $250 million John Kerry promised to Egypt?

I’m sick and tired of reading about all this unnecessary travel and the U.S. giving millions to foreign countries. Charity begins at home.

Michael Marx

Fort Mill, S.C.


Cutting farm and food advisory council hurts small businesses

The writer is interim director of the Upper PeeDee Farm and Food Council.

First, the Republican House in Raleigh tries to strip scientists and conservationists from a variety of state commissions that protect our environment.

Now they want to sunset the valuable N.C. Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council, which has been working hard to reduce regulatory barriers to small businesses so North Carolina’s local food economies can grow.

The Council operates without a budget, so its elimination will not cut spending. Why would these so-called representatives of the people want to wipe it out?

Incredible!

Nancy C. Bryant

Norwood


Risks of fracking outweigh the few jobs it will bring to N.C.

“Hope fracking bet pays off...” (March 5 N.C. Opinions). It surely will – for elected officials – via campaign contributions and votes from those reaping economic gain or those who believe a few hundred temporary construction jobs trump poisoning of wells and aquifers.

But for those who live proximate to lands being fracked and to waste areas for the disposal of detritus and slag, things won’t look so rosy.

Within 10 years we will be shaking our heads in grief and anger. Predictions of political and financial corruption, habitat and water destruction, drilling calamities, and community devastation will come to pass.

We, the people, would do well to recognize this as a bad decision made under the banner of “jobs at any cost.”

Harry Taylor

Charlotte

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