In response to “Site near airport possible for VA” (June 19):
VA should consider Eastland site for its new health center
I sincerely hope that before the Department of Veterans Affairs moves forward with a plan to build a new facility close to the airport it will look at the Eastland Mall site.
I’ve been in abandoned malls that are now used as medical facilities. One that stands out is the Medical Mall at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield, N.C. It’s a beautiful facility that is easily navigated by patients and has ample parking.
I can easily see how the Eastland site could be a great opportunity for the city, the east side of Charlotte, and the VA as well.
Leah Seets Allen
In response to “Compassion heals poverty, but seems to be in short supply” (June 19 Forum):
Poverty often stems from making wrong choices
I agree about the need for compassion, especially toward children of poverty who have no immediate avenue of escape.
However, the three main causes of poverty are preventable. They are: dropping out of school; producing children without the resources to provide adequate care; and the inability to find a job due to lack of skills.
Often they’re interconnected and make escaping poverty very unlikely.
These three result from individual choice. In addition to having compassion, society must emphasize the life-long implications of these choices.
Been there, done that on Syria; U.S. must avoid another conflict
We are not mercenaries for the world, and our military is exhausted. We have a plate full of problems within our own borders and precious little funds to solve those problems.
The harsh reality is this: Our country is alone in this world. We must do a better job of husbanding our limited blood and treasure or we will go the way of too many great nations that flamed out.
We’ve played this game before – and not very well.
We do not belong in Syria.
Robert W. Shirley
Skip the flat-screen TV, I’d rather have a safe hotel room
Earlier this year, after deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in Florida, a hotel industry spokesman publicly stated that carbon monoxide detectors were not needed in hotels.
These devices cost less than $100. I would gladly trade having a flat-screen television in my hotel room for a carbon monoxide detector.
Hotel operators, are you listening?
In response to “Justices toss out Arizona voter law” (June 18):
Court erred in striking down citizenship requirement to vote
To require the proof of citizenship to vote in the United States seems like a pretty benign request. Considering that almost everything we do in this day and age requires authentication and proof, it’s sadly evident that the reasoning behind not requiring such a simple, basic request is to increase and embolden a particular constituency and consolidate power.
I feel sure that our founding fathers would be disappointed.
Proposed GOP tax plan takes dead aim at poor, middle class
Wow! If the power to tax is the power to destroy, could the Republican state legislature please stop trying to destroy the middle class and tax the poor out of existence? I know their rich friends need all the state assistance they can get, but this is ridiculous.
William D. Charnock
No upside to increasing speed limit; Gov. McCrory should veto
The proposed legislation to increase the speed limit seems to only have significant downsides:
1. States that increased speed limits experienced an uptick in fatalities.
2. Some drivers will continue to drive at the current speed limit. The difference between their speed and that of those driving the increased speed limit will be greater, and thus create less safe conditions.
3. Motorists who drive at the increased speed will face higher gas costs.
I hope the governor has the good sense to veto this bill, which lacks any significant upside.
In response to “Farm bill is fertile ground for complaints” (June 19 CharlotteObserver.com):
Federal farm bill would benefit sustainable farms in N.C.
I get that it’s hard to please everyone when working on something as large as the farm bill, but I think supporting sustainable farms is something we can all agree on.
While factory farms contribute to global warming and air pollution, sustainable farms protect our air, water and soil.
I’m proud to call North Carolina my home – the state with the most farmers markets and organic farms in the Southeast.
But we can’t accept that less than 1 percent of the food sold here is from local, clean sources.
It’s time to take a stand and support the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to protect N.C. farms and families.
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