In response to “Hearing set Thursday on Charlotte-Atlanta rail line” (June 6):
Build that high-speed rail down the middle of U.S. interstates
Why do we continue to want to buy land and build railway tracks for high-speed rail?
There is a better way, and we already own the property!
A true high-speed option is to build a monorail down the middle of our nation’s interstate highways. If you want to use rail to feed the stations located near the interstate, fine.
Other countries have used monorails successfully, and with electro-magnetic systems the costs are much lower.
In response to “Airport bill goes ahead as talks fail” (June 5):
Crucial to make airport board accountable to the taxpayers
The biggest issue with an “appointed” airport authority board revolves around who will be appointed and how they will be held accountable to taxpayers.
An airport authority was put in place in my native home of Rochester, N.Y. Like Charlotte, Rochester had an aging, long-serving airport manager who ran the show.
The problems began after his retirement. The authority proved not to be vigilant or accountable and things quickly ran amok. The authority became the rubber stamp of the airport executives and politicians who appointed them.
Rochester – and N.Y. state – offer many lessons on the pitfalls of “appointed” authority boards.
Robert M. Barrows
In response to “Weekly capitol protests expand” (June 4):
Moral Mondays no ‘game’; future of N.C. is at stake
How regrettable that a Republican lawmaker was quoted as referring to the Moral Monday protests as a “game.”
Policies being proposed by Republican legislators in Raleigh will have very serious consequences for many years to come.
At a time when our public school students need expert help, conservatives want to divert major funding from primary education.
This situation is not a game. The long-term future of our state hangs in the balance.
GOP legislators just trying to get N.C. finances back on track
Almost daily, the governor and Republican legislators are criticized by liberals/Democrats for trying to put our financial house in order by trimming back or eliminating programs.
I believe the primary reason N.C. citizens voted our current legislators into office was to make sure our state’s financial positions improve.
Most people recognize that federal legislators don’t have the political will to correct our federal financial problems. Please give our state officials an opportunity to correct our state’s finances.
N.C. lawmakers shortsighted
on Obamacare, Medicaid
Forum writers keep saying North Carolina can’t afford to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
They need to know that there is no cost to states that expand coverage for the first three years. After that, their cost is only 10 percent.
That’s a small price to pay to expand health care and help create jobs in a state with high unemployment.
Taxpayers in North Carolina are paying to fund the program in other states, but not getting the benefit in their own state.
The uninsured will only continue to drive up medical costs.
States that reject the expansion need to set aside politics and help their people.
Obamacare will end speedy health care we enjoy in U.S.
I recently experienced a speedy response to a heart issue. My first appointment was May 28. On May 30 two tests were performed. By mid-afternoon prescriptions were waiting for me.
We do have the very best medical system in the world. I know from personal experience in Canada and the Netherlands that patients there wait months to be seen.
After Obamacare goes into effect we’ll be waiting too, and for some patients it may prove to be too late. I hope we come to our senses and demand our politicians do the right thing and stop Obamacare.
Agaat Den Hertog
In response to “Sing your heart out, but N.C. can’t afford to expand Medicaid” (June 5 Forum);
Denial of health care services does happen, I’ve witnessed it
Forum writer David Verrill says that after 30 years in health care he’s never met a physician who denied services to a patient.
He must live in a microscopic world. Our local hospital denied services because a young pregnant woman did not have money nor insurance and was sued.
Just last night, in a volunteer capacity, I was dealing with a woman who had been denied services because she did not have money nor insurance.
Don’t spend to tear mall down; find a use for existing building
How about using the existing Eastland Mall structure for city offices or homeless facilities?
I don’t get the justification for tearing it down! Doesn’t the city face the same budget constraints we’ve all been having? Apparently not! City government, please use some common sense!
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