In response to GOP Senate candidates push defunding of health care law (Sept. 23 CharlotteObserver.com) and related articles:
Ill support N.C. candidates who favor defunding Obamacare
Im proud of North Carolinas Republican U.S. Senate candidates for standing against Sen. Richard Burr and his support of Obamacare.
N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis phrased it best when he called Obamacare a mortal threat to our economy.
I will cast my vote with politicians who do not waver under pressure from liberal politicians and liberal media outlets.
The only idea dumber than Burr not voting to defund Obamacare would be any Republicans supporting him when he is up for re-election.
GOP has yet to step up with viable option on health care
Defunding Obamacare is not the answer. The GOP needs to come up with an alternate plan for us to consider.
The private sector has put health care out of reach for many people. Maybe we should look to Canada or any number of other major countries that have viable plans.
Could we at least get coverage for defenseless children?
GOP, give me a plan.
In response to The government doesnt really shut down (Sept. 22):
Government shutdown wouldnt be calamity Obama predicts
Finally somebody tells the truth about possible consequences of a government shutdown.
Associated Press reporter Andrew Taylor lays out the results if it happens.
It turns out if it occurs it will not be the calamity our president presents in his speeches.
Surprise, surprise, same as his exaggeration of the sequestration. Why cant he tell the truth?
Peter J. Augusta
In response to Judge reduced bond for S.C. man now charged with murder (Sept. 25 CharlotteObserver.com):
Federal bench no place for
S.C. judge who reduced bond
Concerning the horrible judgment and leniency of South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Alison Lee, in the words of a famous southerner: Stupid is as stupid does.
Earlier this year Lee, who has been nominated for a federal judgeship, reduced bond for a man facing armed robbery and attempted murder charges. Now, hes been charged in a shooting death last week in Richland County.
A federal judgeship in Lees future? Now whos crazy?
In response to Personal use of hospitals plane draws ire of critics (Sept. 22):
CHS taking advantage of nonprofit status in other ways
The use of Carolinas HealthCare Systems fixed-wing aircraft is the tip of the iceberg.
All those CHS urgent care centers, medical office buildings and hospitals are either entirely owned by the system or partly owned. They have ready tenants in the form of their doctors and ancillary services and can negotiate the best lease rates and financing.
Does not-for-profit really include owned real estate, millions of dollars in salaries to folks to manage that real estate, layers of administrators, and, yes, a fleet of planes to facilitate some personal travel for the lucky few?
Its an obvious abuse of the nonprofit status, and its time someone took a hard look at whats going on under the tree of life.
Minimum wage tied to age would ease burden on business
Raising the minimum wage would be a noble humanitarian enactment, however it might negatively impact businesses that employ students as part-time workers.
Perhaps Congress should consider a minimum wage based on age, with an entry level minimum wage scaled upward by age progression, eventually reaching an adult-level minimum wage?
The economic growth of this country hinges upon management sharing more of the fruits of labor with its hard-working associates.
During my lifetime I have witnessed an alarming shrinkage of Americas middle class. Lets raise the minimum wage in an appropriate manner and make it beneficial for everyone.
Protect children; put more money into school safety
We protect what we value. Yet, many of our schools dont have locks on the doors or armed security officers to screen those who enter.
How is it that we continue to witness school crises and not take action?
Banks have vaults and armed guards to protect the money we use to provide for our children. But the children themselves, as well as school staff, are left vulnerable in their classrooms.
Let us do what it takes to make our schools safe.
In response to Lets not crucify Kerrick; he deserves compassion too (Sept. 25 Forum):
CMPD officers actions merit a second-degree murder charge
Campus police at N.C. Central University shot and killed a man who was shooting at them with a shotgun he pulled from his waist.
CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick executed an unarmed man, and you call it an overreaction.
I call it second-degree murder.
Warren D. Smith
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