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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “N.C. becomes first state to drop federal jobless funds” (June 29):

Ideology, spite led to loss of jobless benefits – shameful

July 1 marked a dark date in our state’s history. It is the day the GOP and Gov. Pat McCrory turned their backs on their fellow North Carolinians who are out of work – 170,000 citizens will lose federal unemployment benefits for no reason but ideology and spite.

While claiming justification for their callous actions due to the state’s debt to the federal government, McCrory and the GOP legislative majority work to cut corporate taxes.

There is one word for this governor and his party and that is shameful. 2014 cannot arrive soon enough.

J. Stephen Jones

Charlotte


In response to “McCrory’s Strategic Mobility Fund will help Charlotte transit” (June 28 For the Record):

Too early to predict good result from Strategic Mobility Fund

Charlotte Chamber executives Robert Morgan and Natalie English may be a bit overzealous and premature in applauding the Strategic Mobility Fund as an equitable approach to statewide transportation needs. In fact, the so-called “data driven” methodology for determining how funds will be apportioned by traffic mode has yet to be determined.

How does one decide if transit or bicycling or walking or an Amtrak train lessens congestion more or less than a new or improved road? It’s like comparing apples to oranges. And because NCDOT’s corporate culture continues to be dominated by road-building engineers and the legislature by small town and rural interests, the end result may not be nearly as equitable for larger urban areas as Morgan and English presume.

Their expectations for “radical changes” in funding may turn out far less fair or radical than one might wish.

Martin Zimmerman

Charlotte


In response to “Should N.C. insurers set own auto rates?” (June 30 Viewpoint):

Lawmakers should listen to Wayne Goodwin on auto rates

Thank you, Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, for telling it like it is. Lobbyists, corporate profits, and GREED. Residents of North Carolina should be pleased we have you looking out for our interests.

I pray the Senate and House will listen to you.

Katherine Moyle

Charlotte

Bill Whitney is trying to hoodwink residents about rates

Bill Whitney states, “In truth, no one believes the current is system is working.” He’s absolutely wrong! It has and continues to do so through a strong and passionate insurance commission watching out for the interests of We, the People.

What Whitney, an insurance agent, advocates is an end to that pesky government interference that protects the citizens of N.C. Without it, the exalted “free market” can drive auto rates wherever they want them – and we won’t be able to do a thing about it!

Harry Taylor

Charlotte


In response to “Don’t limit access of mentally ill to meds” (June 30 Editorial):

N.C. mental health system needs changes, but not this one

The writer is a psychologist.

Our mental health system is already badly broken, and this provision in the N.C. Senate budget plan makes it even worse. It should be opposed vigorously; but that’s not enough. We should also build a new mental health system from the ground up (not top-down) that would be similar to but even better than what existed in the 1990s, prior to privatization.

Lou Gadol

Rutherfordton


In response to “A slip of the tongue or something more?” (June 29 Editorial):

Observer gives Ratliff a pass? What blatant hypocrisy

Gee. Kim Ratliff gets a free pass on unapologetic present-day racism and Paula Deen gets slammed for decades-old behavior for which she HAS apologized. This is a new low in blatant hypocrisy for even the Observer.

Danielle Walters

Charlotte


Paula Deen did more than just say N-word once years ago

Saying Paula Deen was attacked as a racist by the media only because she made a statement years ago is not true. Anyone with a television or a computer will tell you she more than cemented her position as a racist by having slave-based dinner parties, workplace racist jokes and using the N-word many times.

Michael Bailey

Charlotte

Better name would be ‘immoral’ and ‘irresponsible’ Mondays

Moral Mondays? What is so moral about expecting taxpayers to finance issues these “moral” people care about? Furthermore bankrupting a shaky economy sounds pretty immoral to me – and fiscally irresponsible.

Jill Krueger Wagner

Charlotte

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