In response to McCrory vetoes immigration, welfare bills (Aug. 16):
Its Tillis legislative actions that have disappointed
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis is disappointed with Gov. Pat McCrorys 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 hell 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
In response to Young McCrory staffers get big government salaries (Aug. 16):
Im outraged by those raises given young McCrory staffers
As an N.C. taxpayer and voter, Id 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 masters 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.
In response to Airlines vow to fight for merger (Aug. 14):
US Airways, CLT advocates, its 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; thats odd.
Governance drama. Now, merger drama. Whats next for CLT, frogs and locusts?
Where are the friends and advocates for Charlotte and its highly successful airport?
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 Carolinas 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 cant 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
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, Ive watched the teachers at my childs schools go above and beyond for their students year after year, even as theyve 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.
Pittenger ignoring his base on Obamacare; he should listen
After reading U.S. Rep. Robert Pittengers recent Forum comments (Here is why I wont 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
In response to Pittengers thinking on Obamacare is all wrong (Aug. 16 Forum):
Its Wheeler whose take on Obamacare is all wrong
Lynn Wheelers 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 nations 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
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