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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “GOP Senate candidates push defunding of health care law” (Sept. 23 CharlotteObserver.com) and related articles:

I’ll support N.C. candidates who favor defunding Obamacare

I’m proud of North Carolina’s 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.

Trigg Cherry

Charlotte

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.

Tim Lynch

Huntersville


In response to “The government doesn’t really shut down” (Sept. 22):

Government shutdown wouldn’t 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 can’t he tell the truth?

Peter J. Augusta

Charlotte

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, he’s been charged in a shooting death last week in Richland County.

A federal judgeship in Lee’s future? Now who’s crazy?

Joanne Hafter

Columbia


In response to “Personal use of hospital’s plane draws ire of critics” (Sept. 22):

CHS taking advantage of nonprofit status in other ways

The use of Carolinas HealthCare System’s 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?

It’s an obvious abuse of the nonprofit status, and it’s time someone took a hard look at what’s going on under the tree of life.

Brent Davids

Charlotte


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 America’s middle class. Let’s raise the minimum wage in an appropriate manner and make it beneficial for everyone.

Tom Charping

Indian Trail


Protect children; put more money into school safety

We protect what we value. Yet, many of our schools don’t 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.

Vikki Watanabe

Charlotte


In response to “Let’s not crucify Kerrick; he deserves compassion too” (Sept. 25 Forum):

CMPD officer’s 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

Concord

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