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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory proposes Medicaid overhaul” (April 4):

Keep for-profit businesses out of N.C. medical services

So Gov. Pat McCrory is looking into a “bold”’ Medicaid overhaul. Mentioned in the article was Virginia-based Amerigroup who has had Raleigh lobbyists for eight years.

Amerigroup is part of WellPoint Inc. WellPoint trades at about $68 per share on the New York Stock Exchange, and in 2011 had $2.6 billion in profits or $7.25/share.

The only way North Carolina citizens would benefit from an association with WellPoint/Amerigroup is if it’s in the state pension plan. Please keep this and all for-profit businesses out of our medical services.

Catherine Connor

Charlotte

Taxpayers will be on losing end of governor’s Medicaid plan

There is no doubt that the Medicaid program could benefit from some changes.

But I cannot believe Gov. McCrory is even considering giving this program to companies that operate for a profit!

Has he failed to read Observer stories about hospital pricing and the exorbitant salaries of their CEOs and top officials?

I don’t think taxpayers will be the winners in this.

Jean McCoy

Salisbury


In response to “Can N.C. have official religion?” (April 4):

Stop making N.C butt of jokes and get some real work done

We are now the subject of national ridicule and media jokes. The U.S. Constitution specifically forbids establishment of any national religion.

It also makes it crystal clear that it is “supreme law of the land, and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby.”

Perhaps some of our elected representatives could focus on something constructive and stop embarrassing themselves and us.

Richard Kurlander

Charlotte

In response to “Suspect’s gun permit violated law” (April 2):

Don’t add new guns laws; properly enforce those we have

This article proves gun laws currently in effect cannot be properly enforced.

The concealed carry permit held by Charles Hardy was not illegal. The act of the Cabarrus County sheriff’s office was the illegal transaction. The law mandating certain criteria be met was either improperly applied or simply ignored.

We do not need more laws. Our government and bureaucracy must first be made to uphold the laws they’re charged with upholding. Then, let’s see about a need for more and more laws.

David H. Osmolski

Waxhaw


In response to “Bloomberg is bringing sanity, energy to gun control debate” (March 28 Forum):

Aim of Bloomberg and others

is to take away our guns

The Second Amendment exists so U.S. citizens can protect themselves and their families against all potential enemies, including tyrannical government.

It was never intended by our forefathers to have anything to do with hunting or sport shooting, but was the result of why we fought the Revolutionary War.

Michael Bloomberg, Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid and Charles Schumer are just the visible front of a future tyrannical, Big-Brother government that will come into existence unless we citizens stop the process.

They will not stop until they register, then try to confiscate, all guns owned by U.S. citizens.

Jerry Houston

Charlotte


In response to “How to assess teacher quality” (April 4 Viewpoint):

Take it from a teacher, test scores not best measure

If the instructor, who trained a student, cannot recognize the student’s level of achievement, no three-hour test can be devised to accomplish that.

At best, a great test is only an indication of achievement. At its worst, it is valueless and counterproductive.

As a physics teacher at Hickory High School for 30 years, I remember one end-of-grade test in particular. The first question on the test had no correct answer, many others were not aligned with the curriculum guide, and I later discovered administration workers had used the wrong key to score my students’ answer sheets.

L.C. Coonse

Granite Falls


In response to “Aid recipients would need background checks” (April 4):

Don’t put state’s neediest through background check

Criminal background checks for N.C. aid recipients, but no universal background checks for buying guns in North Carolina? Doesn’t make sense – except to stop those who need aid the most from getting it.

Way to go North Carolina!

Carol Schmidt

Concord


In response to “City, CMS agonize over money for school police” (April 4):

Council should use rainy day fund to make schools safer

Charlotte should definitely dip into the “rainy day” fund to preserve security in our schools without forcing further financial burden on the school system.

The last time the city dipped into the reserve was for Hurricane Hugo. Using emergencies like Hugo as a reason to keep the fund intact is a ridiculous argument for the simple fact that Hugo happened 24 years ago.

Clearly, Charlotte has been lucky in the natural disaster area since then. With that in mind, we should use the money for our children’s safety.

Alex Cedeno

Charlotte

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