In response to Lets celebrate Medicare (July 30 Viewpoint):
Get government out of health care, let free market reign
The patient mentioned in Jessica Schorr Saxes op-ed piece was in that position because government involvement in the health care and health insurance markets limited the freedom of the market to provide options.
If you want more people untreated, waiting until access to health care is free, pursue single-payer.
If you want more people, at any age, to have an abundance of treatment options at a variety prices, get the government out of the way.
Giving one person access to health care by taxing another person does not fit any definition of freedom Im familiar with.
In response to Fraud happens; whats the big deal about N.C. voter ID law? (July 30 Forum):
Voter ID bill wont prevent fraud, just Democratic votes
Forum writer Shirley Natale has it wrong!
The liberal media does report voter fraud; the problem is there is not enough to report!
There is not a lot of voter fraud. In fact, there have only been two documented cases over the past six statewide election cycles.
Most voter fraud is with absentee ballots which N.C.s new voter ID bill does not address.
This bill is a direct attempt to suppress the Democratic vote.
Jeff D. Williams
Jewel heist nothing compared to whats happening to CLT
Did you see where those amateur thieves in Cannes stole $136 million in jewels? Thats peanuts. I know of some professional thieves who are trying to steal an airport with a $12 billion annual economic impact.
Ronald V. Honeycutt
In response to CLT fight hits home (July 28):
This frequent CLT flyer sees nothing to brag about at airport
Quotes in this article seemed to be from people who had a strong bias against a new airport authority. I kept asking myself how often these people even use the airport.
I use it every week. Here are my observations:
The price for flights originating in Charlotte are among the highest in the nation. The parking is grossly inadequate and highly disorganized. Shuttle bus wait times are unreasonable.
Security lines are long and slow. The terminal is hot. The restrooms valets hawk for tips.
Departure gates are so overcrowded that the overflow ends up in main aisles, causing chaos.
Dont get me wrong, its nice to have broad national access, but to say CLT is a great airport is grossly undeserved.
Fort Mill, S.C.
GOP trying to keep CLT from becoming citys piggy bank
Kudos to the conservatives trying to save the airport from the tax and spend liberals.
With Jerry Orrs retirement just a matter of time, it was imperative to put controls in place so the City couldnt loot the airport to fund personal legacies with projects like light rail or the next trendy project. Be thankful we have some politicians who have the insight and guts to keep the airport running like a business. We dont need the airport being Charlottes piggy bank.
In response to Study: Diapers a costly need for many moms (July 30):
Demoralizing to watch whats happening in N.C., the U.S.
This article makes it clear many low-income mothers cant afford diapers. Yet we cant offer those who cant afford another child family planning options or clear access to abortion information/procedures.
Ive witnessed the devastation that results when parents cant meet a childs basic needs or raise the child with enough love and respect to give him/her a healthy beginning.
I want to shout from the top of the Bank of America tower: Wake up, people! Use your brains. People are suffering.
Lauren F. Hall
In response to Legislation gives N.C. governor autonomy to fill court vacancies (July 27):
Veto bill that changes the way district court judges appointed
The writer is an attorney in Cleveland County.
I can think of no reason for this legislation except Rep. Tim Moore wanting to be sure he can hand-pick the next judge.
This keeps local lawyers from having any input as to who is chosen. They know best who possesses the qualifications to serve as judge because they observe them every day.
If Mr. Moore s choice isnt the five chosen by the local bar, the governor can appoint anyone he wishes. Why bother to submit names at all? What a farce.
I can only hope the governor has enough guts to veto this.
Photo on Sports page could melt even the coldest heart
It is amazing how a big guy such as Panthers center Ryan Kalil melts into mush when his little daughter Kenadi greets him. Ryans huge smile in Tuesdays photo reflects his love for her. It looks like Observer photographer Jeff Siner hit the jackpot with this one.
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