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Want real expertise at DHHS? Then be willing to pay for it

In reading about changes by Dr. Aldona Wos at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, I observed the obligatory reference to government employees making $100,000 per year.

There are people with the skills and experience to bring about change in organizations spending $18 billion and employing 17,000 workers.

Almost all share two characteristics: Most are found in the private sector. All earn considerably more than $100,000 per year.

Perhaps change is the issue, not how much we pay those to implement change.

Lamar Burke

Mint Hill

DHHS Secretary Wos instills fear; she needs to go – now

I had hoped the Republican N.C. legislature might bring a new transparency and an end to corruption. Legislators have been told of the problems in DHHS. They ignore them.

Now I see that Dr. Vos simply is not competent to lead the department as indicated by her hiring practices and her fear of transparency. I have no doubt she means well, but I watch DHHS up close and personal. I find it not less chaotic, but more so under Dr. Vos’ leadership. Her leadership style instills not confidence but fear. Gov. Pat McCrory needs to stop defending Dr. Vos and send her packing – now.

Martha Brock

Cary


In response to “N.C. passes on protecting our water” (Sept. 12 Viewpoint):

Environment hurt, public silenced by DENR’s decision

I was concerned that under the McCrory administration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources would be the fox that guards the hen house. Now I see that in fact, no one is guarding the hen house at all!

When the Division of Water Resources waived the state’s certification for the proposed dam of the First Broad River in Cleveland County, it left all North Carolinians defenseless. DWR chose the interests of a moneyed few rather than starting a process that would allow for the participation of all N.C. citizens, whose water supply they exist to protect. From their desks in Raleigh perhaps it was easier to remain silent, but those of us who live in and around the places affected would have liked to have been heard. I wonder if it even occurred to them that they were silencing us, too?

Eliza Root

Charlotte


Rep. Pittenger’s heralded bipartisanship didn’t last long

After joining Congress, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s office trumpeted his apparent efforts to lead a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers to work together and seek practical solutions for the pressing issues of the day. Rather than unbendingly tack to the extreme right and never compromise, his press releases suggested Pittenger was actually going to try to get things done.

This past August, Tea Partiers criticized him for saying that he would not vote to defund Obamacare – which he opposes – at the risk of shutting down the government. Pittenger abruptly changed his tune and voted this week to cripple the new health care law in a risky ploy that threatens a government shutdown.

Abandoning ship so soon, Rep. Pittenger? Your district wants and deserves governance, not unhelpful politics as usual.

Jake Sussman

Charlotte


In response to Sept. 19 Leonard Pitts column:

Hypocritical Pitts focuses on wrong solution to shootings

Leonard Pitts needs to look in the mirror as he reads his own column aloud to himself. Pitts forcefully makes the point that the actions of a few Muslim extremists should not “tar the entire [Islamic] religion” yet he “tars” the entire group of Second Amendment supporters with the actions of a very few mentally ill madmen.

More than gun control, this nation desperately needs to re-examine its laws on involuntarily hospitalizing the dangerous, mentally ill.

Sheryl Chandler

Charlotte


In response to “Let lawmakers know you don’t want Obamacare defunded” (Sept. 22 Forum):

If you defend Obamacare, take a walk in my, others’ shoes

To Forum writer Matt Robertson: I think I’ll just keep letting the Republicans try to defund Obamacare. Perhaps if you were in my shoes and the shoes of many, you would feel differently. Apparently, your premium is not going to double as mine is. Perhaps you don’t work for a company that is canceling employees’ coverage and going to exchanges. It sounds like you are not being affected at all, but many of us are feeling the pain and the cost of Obamacare. I’ll let the Republicans try to fix it.

Bonny Salmeri

Charlotte


CHS’s Tarwater could put that private jet to some good use

Really enjoyed the Panthers game Sunday – but miss that sequestered pre-game flyover!

Do you think we could talk Carolinas Healthcare CEO Mike Tarwater into flying his CHS Citation over the stadium pre-kickoff? It wouldn’t cost anyone a dime.

Tom Davis

Charlotte

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