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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “McCrory vetoes immigration, welfare bills” (Aug. 16):

It’s Tillis’ legislative actions that have ‘disappointed’

N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis is “disappointed” with Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent veto. The Speaker does not yet know disappointment.

When the teachers of North Carolina – Teachers against Tillis – mobilize and derail his desire to become a member of the U.S. Senate, then he’ll know disappointment.

When disappointment is on his doorstep and knocking at his front door, maybe he will realize the doors his actions have closed for many, many teachers!

Crissie Bizzell Boggs

Cornelius


In response to “Young McCrory staffers get big government salaries” (Aug. 16):

I’m outraged by those raises given young McCrory staffers

As an N.C. taxpayer and voter, I’d like a public explanation from Gov. Pat McCrory concerning his reason for giving two 24-year-olds, barely out of college, raises of $22,500-plus to salaries of $85,000 and $87,500.

Yet he has a problem with giving pay raises to teachers with years of experience and a master’s degree.

Governor, may I remind you: You are government.

Seriously, 11 months at some “think tank” earns you a $22,500 annual raise? Only in government.

Chip Stout

Charlotte


In response to “Airlines vow to fight for merger” (Aug. 14):

US Airways, CLT advocates, it’s time to be heard on merger

The startling news that the Department of Justice has decided at the last minute to vehemently oppose the American Airlines/US Airways merger seems odd to me:

• The DOJ waved through three earlier airline mergers with scarcely a peep of protest.

• The unions and bankruptcy judge Sean Lane had signaled approval of the merger.

• The new American Airlines would have 69 percent of the take-off/landing slots at Reagan National.

• The Republican attorney general of Texas is making common cause with the Democratic U.S. attorney general; that’s odd.

Governance drama. Now, merger drama. What’s next for CLT, frogs and locusts?

Where are the friends and advocates for Charlotte and its highly successful airport?

Davis Thompson

Charlotte


In response to “Hillary and our voting bill” (Aug. 14 O-pinion blog):

Voter ID reasonable, it ensures integrity in N.C. voting process

Who cares what Hillary Clinton says about North Carolina’s voting law. She should be talking about our failure in Benghazi and what we should do to avoid future disasters.

Who are these folks who can’t get voter IDs? It seems incredible that over the next three years these folks would not be near a DMV office.

Voting is a right of our citizens, but the process must have integrity and reasonable rules – that is not backwards.

David G. Van Hellemont

Charlotte


In response to “Is the legislature helping K-12 education?” (Aug. 11 Viewpoint):

GOP education plan another slap in the face to N.C. teachers

Like many parents, I’ve watched the teachers at my child’s schools go above and beyond for their students year after year, even as they’ve been asked to do more with less and been subjected to growing numbers of high-stakes tests that impede, not facilitate, learning.

I am not surprised that many of the best are starting to leave.

The Republican plan offers more of the same: Cuts to classroom personnel and resources and increases in the stakes attached to standardized tests, most immediately through an ill-conceived A-F school grading scheme that has sparked repeated scandal in states that adopted it.

The plan will harm, not help, our state and its students.

Pamela Grundy

Charlotte


Pittenger ignoring his base on Obamacare; he should listen

After reading U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s recent Forum comments (“Here is why I won’t push to defund Obamacare this time,” Aug. 15), I was very surprised to see that it was not signed by Sen. “Reach Across the Aisle” McCain.

We voted for Mr Pittenger to stand strong on principle. There is a groundswell in the Republican base that says “no more compromising.”

Dudney M. Jarnagin

Matthews

In response to “Pittenger’s thinking on Obamacare is all wrong” (Aug. 16 Forum):

It’s Wheeler whose take on Obamacare is all wrong

Lynn Wheeler’s arguments about the Affordable Care Act do not stand with the facts.

A report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee says that under Obamacare insurance premiums will go up by 100 to 400 percent. The source for that is the nation’s largest health insurance companies.

The facts are that in the states such as California and Ohio, where insurance exchanges are now being started, premiums are dropping like a rock.

In California early indications are that premiums will drop by about 29 percent. In nine states that have set up health care exchanges so far, premiums are even lower than CBO estimates.

Michael L. Moore

Charlotte

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