In response to Getting Obamacare insurance is not at all like buying a car (Aug. 19 Forum):
Goal isnt free stuff, its affordable health care for all
I can assure Forum writer Nance Woods that I dont 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?
In response to Local guns seized in NYC (Aug. 20):
Sickens me to see you fall for Bloombergs gun nonsense
Its bad enough that New Yorkers are moving to Charlotte in herds, but now you have to paste Michael Bloombergs 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?
To really aid poor, unemployed in N.C. fight immigration reform
Ill 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, theyre nothing more than left-wing rabble rousers agitating for more government.
Turning a deaf ear to protesters will cost McCrory, the GOP
Its good to see the citizens of our state peacefully protesting the governor and legislatures 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 peoples protests. They may be voted out in 2014, so theyve got to move fast and they are.
Obama mask at rodeo not a racial issue, its about respect
I disagree with Kathleen Parkers musings in Just clowning around? A rodeo joke wasnt 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 nations leaders the respect and esteem theyve earned by their service to their country and its citizens.
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.
Get ready for seismic shift in education MOOCs will bring
Starting in January Georgia Tech will offer a masters 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 masters in computer science in Atlanta, but their MOOC course sells for $6,600 around the world.
Is K-12 next?
We owe thanks to unheralded crews who keep Charlotte clean
Charlotte is one of the cleanest, prettiest cities Ive 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.
Lake Wylie, S.C.
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