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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Getting Obamacare insurance is not at all like buying a car” (Aug. 19 Forum):

Goal isn’t ‘free’ stuff, it’s affordable health care for all

I can assure Forum writer Nance Woods that I don’t support the Affordable Care Act because I get “food stamps, free cell phones, free education, free legalization.” As a 66-year-old native Charlottean and small business owner, I have paid for all of these things and am grateful for my citizenship.

Do you not see the suffering around you from people unable to afford health insurance? Who do you think ultimately pays when an uninsured person finally has to make a visit to the emergency room?

The cost of insurance has gone down in states that have started insurance exchanges.

Where is your heart, Nance?

Diana Travis

Charlotte


In response to “Local guns seized in NYC” (Aug. 20):

Sickens me to see you fall for Bloomberg’s gun ‘nonsense’

It’s bad enough that New Yorkers are moving to Charlotte in herds, but now you have to paste Michael Bloomberg’s mug on the front page as if his convenient “gun running” song and dance is noteworthy news!

How convenient for him that this “story” comes up when his nonsense laws are once again under fire for their unconstitutionality. What are the odds?

Terry Chambers

Charlotte


To really aid poor, unemployed in N.C. fight immigration reform

I’ll start believing Moral Monday protesters actually care about the poor and unemployed in our state as soon as they begin protesting against comprehensive immigration reform.

No matter what Republicans in Raleigh are doing, nothing will hurt our poor and unemployed as much as adding 12 million illegal competitors for the scarce jobs available.

Until protesters realize the real impact of immigration reform, they’re nothing more than left-wing rabble rousers agitating for more government.

Andrew Thiel

Charlotte

Turning a deaf ear to protesters will cost McCrory, the GOP

It’s good to see the citizens of our state peacefully protesting the governor and legislature’s not-so-secret agendas on Moral Mondays.

But is Gov. Pat McCrory listening? Is the Republican majority listening? It seems neither really cares what we think about their high-speed legislative program of moving North Carolina back to the past.

They show no concern about the people’s protests. They may be voted out in 2014, so they’ve got to move fast – and they are.

Jon Schuller

Charlotte


Obama mask at rodeo not a racial issue, it’s about respect

I disagree with Kathleen Parker’s musings in “Just clowning around? A rodeo joke wasn’t that amusing” (Aug. 19 Opinion).

Whether or not you like President Obama, voted for him or believe his policies are disastrous, he is our president.

As president, he is deserving of honor and respect as were Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter and their host of predecessors. If we really want our nation to be respected, we must start at home and accord to our nation’s leaders the respect and esteem they’ve earned by their service to their country and its citizens.

Sheldon Hanft

Charlotte


In response to “Lawmakers divided on aiding Egypt” (Aug. 19):

U.S. foreign aid program failing; replace the ‘aid’ with ‘trade’

With $51.6 billion budgeted for 2013 and over $3 trillion wasted on Iraq and Afghanistan, our foreign aid program is a total disaster.

Why are we supporting more than 150 countries with regimes like those in Pakistan , Egypt, Russia, China, Iran, Yemen, etc. that only take and offer nothing but contempt in return?

Perhaps we should stop all foreign aid and implement a policy of foreign “trade.” Operating on a quid pro quo basis, any transfer of goods or dollars would be traded for natural or raw materials, finished goods or U.S. dollars.

Ed Carlson

Charlotte


Get ready for seismic shift in education MOOCs will bring

Starting in January Georgia Tech will offer a master’s degree in computer science through MOOCs (massive open online courses).

Tell your tenured college professor friends that competition is coming to 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities. Georgia Tech charges $45,000 to get a master’s in computer science in Atlanta, but their MOOC course sells for $6,600 around the world.

Is K-12 next?

Chuck Sawicki

Charlotte


We owe thanks to unheralded crews who keep Charlotte clean

Charlotte is one of the cleanest, prettiest cities I’ve ever seen.

Those who do the actual cleaning, shining, polishing and sweeping are invisible, yet they add so much to the quality of our working lives.

I wish there were some special day for them, some mayoral proclamation or event to show our thanks. Labor Day would be appropriate. When you see someone cleaning a table in the atrium, polishing brass, picking up trash, thank them.

Sara Strickland

Lake Wylie, S.C.

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