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 states 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 states 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
In response to McCrorys 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? Its like comparing apples to oranges. And because NCDOTs 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.
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.
Bill Whitney is trying to hoodwink residents about rates
Bill Whitney states, In truth, no one believes the current is system is working. Hes 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 wont be able to do a thing about it!
In response to Dont 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 thats 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.
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.
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.
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
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