In response to “McCrory budget puts the focus on schools, efficiency” (March 21) and related articles:
McCrory’s budget provides boost N.C. businesses need
Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget puts much-needed emphasis on increasing the efficiency of government and allocating resources to programs that support small businesses and encourage job creation.
With 9.5 percent unemployment, North Carolina desperately needs jobs. I’m happy to see him putting resources towards bringing new businesses to the state and encouraging those already here to stay. Well done, Governor!
LaVonne J. Derksen
In response to “Lawmakers may widen sales tax” (March 20):
GOP tax plan amounts to pay cut for most N.C. households
The philosophy of today’s Republican party is “of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.”
That is exemplified by the N.C. General Assembly’s effort to eliminate a graduated income tax and replace it with a flat sales tax that will not increase total tax revenue, but will shift the bulk of the tax burden to families with lower incomes.
It is essentially a pay cut for the majority of N.C. households.
In response to “Gaza militants fire at Israel during Obama visit” (March 21 CharlotteObserver.com):
Rocket fire he witnessed should spur Obama to action on Israel
What Israelis put on the hills of the West Bank is apartment buildings, while Palestinians use those hills as offensive bases.
Asking the Israelis to give up those hills is asking them to live under the threat of attack from rockets and mortars.
While in Israel on Thursday, President Obama witnessed that very fact. He should acknowledge what he witnessed and be very positive in U.S. support of the state of Israel.
To quote the many Jewish park bench philosophers, “We should be so lucky.”
In response to “Rowan board acts to defend prayer” (March 20):
ACLU lawsuits don’t line up with founding fathers’ intent
Nobody knows for sure what the founders meant when they prohibited “an establishment of religion” in the first phrase of the First Amendment, although the idea of a state religion similar to those in Europe at that time is most likely.
I’ve always thought it interesting that the ACLU apparently believes it means everyone in government loses their right to the rest of the First Amendment: free exercise of religion and freedom of speech as well!
President’s cabinet picks all wrong, Mayor Foxx included
Mayor Anthony Foxx being considered for Transportation Secretary, and we wonder why Washington is broken. Obama is hiring friends to run the government rather than proven professionals in their fields.
In response to “Bill targets hospital prices” (March 12) and subsequent articles:
Surgical center bill must prohibit patient skimming
The writer is CEO of Nash Health Care System.
Historically, physician-owned surgical centers have minimized treating uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and charity care patients. Those who cannot pay are simply referred to their local community hospital.
The proposed Certificate of Need legislation has no way to enforce prevention of “cream skimming” insured patients. The Republican proponents of House Bill 177 are keenly aware of this.
It’s crucial that they add language to the bill requiring MD-owned surgical centers to treat the same mix of patients that local community hospitals do.
Proponents of HB 177 may object to this “leveling of the playing field,” but N.C. community hospitals always play the level field. Physician-owned surgical centers should too.
Larry H. Chewning
In response to “Bombings in Iraq kill 65 a decade after invasion” (March 20):
History’s cruel fate lies in Bush’s decision on Iraq
But for the vote of one man in 2000 the Iraq war would never have happened. The Supreme Court justice whose vote got George W. Bush elected made the difference.
Why did Bush invade Iraq? It was no threat to the U.S. Was it because Saddam threatened Bush’s father?
We will never know.
Nearly 4,500 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis died. Thousands more will carry a debilitating wound through life. History’s cruel fate.
In response to “Arts field trips get another act” (March 21):
Take it from a student, arts field trips really do serve a purpose
The writer is a Randolph Middle School sixth grader.
I know from experience that fun yet educational field trips enable you to take a break from the rigors of studying, but still learn something new.
Arts can definitely fine tune a student’s skill in academics. Being exposed to arts-related field trips definitely plays an important role in a student’s life.
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