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In response to “A troubling first for N.C.’s environment” (Sept. 25 Editorial):

Refusal of federal grant puts N.C. ground water at risk

It is totally mystifying to ponder why Gov. Pat McCrory and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources refused $582,305 in federal grants to study the impact of fracking.

Instead we’re told there will still be some testing, after the fracking, but by the very companies doing the fracking!

Is that like the fox guarding the chicken coop?

I can’t imagine why DENR and our governor, who claims concern for N.C. and its citizens, would refuse this grant.

Janet Spain

Huntersville


Gun owners be responsible; stop shooting close to homes

With all the discussion about gun rights, it seems we are missing an important aspect of the discussion: responsibility.

This summer we had a family get together and had to bring everyone inside because boorish people were firing hundreds of semi-automatic rounds less than 200 feet from our house.

The grandkids couldn’t swim in our pool. Now we can’t get any of our family to come back for another outing.

So, gun owners, please do a Google image search of where you are shooting. You’ll be amazed to find how many people you are robbing of their rights to peacefully live in their own homes.

Your behavior, while legal, is rude.

Bob Harrison

Wingate


Obama must not give in to

the Republicans this time

Here we are, America, on the verge of a calamitous government shutdown. It’s not unlike two years ago when the president did yield to Republicans, but with a cost – the so-called “sequester.”

None of this would be happening but for two unrelated, yet related, happenings: first, a president who was born black instead of white; and second, John McCain's inexplicable selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, thus gifting to America the infamous tea party.

So here we are once more, America, looking crazed and foolish before the world, some of us praying that this time around the president stands firm, no matter the consequences.

Better that we go down with honor, than further humiliated and disgraced!

Bernie Hargadon

Charlotte

Mr. President, stop lamenting and start compromising

Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton both developed budgets with members of opposing parties holding majorities in Congress.

Instead of holding campaign-type meetings decrying the Republicans, President Obama should stay in Washington and negotiate with leaders in the House and Senate.

His inability to “seal a deal” on the budget is due to his unwillingness to make cutbacks that will placate the Republicans, cut the deficit, and keep our nation from hearing his repeated wailing about our credit rating suffering due to a budget stalemate.

John N. Mangieri

Charlotte


In response to “In North Carolina, fewer health plans and higher costs” (Sept. 26) and related articles:

Lack of competition means N.C. residents will pay more

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina must be partying every night because it now has virtually no health care competition in North Carolina.

Without a Medicaid option to drive down prices, BCBSNC can charge about anything it wants.

Will health insurance really exist in North Carolina after Obamacare, BCBSNC, and Governor Pat McCrory get their way?

Jon Baker

Charlotte

Subsidized health care isn’t panacea it’s made out to be

If you want “free or low cost” Canadian/European Obamacare get a one-way ticket north or across the pond.

Expect rationing, standing in line, higher taxes, surrendering your freedom to the boorish bureaucrats running the government plantations. Don’t forget to wear your dunce caps.

Ed Mesko

Charlotte


McCrory must stand up to far right agenda before it’s too late

This Tillis-Berger led session, with their gang of small-minded legislators, reminded me of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

They might know how to get elected, but they were clueless on how to govern. In fact, they were so inept they failed to come up with original ideas on legislation, but rather were pawns to national far-right think tanks.

Gov. McCrory, time is fast running out for you to stand up to this extreme agenda and demonstrate the pragmatic management style that made you so successful as mayor of Charlotte.

Don’t further disappoint your long time supporters and friends.

Ken Brown

Charlotte


In response to “5 myths about college debt” (Sept. 26 Viewpoint):

Colleges seem to be taking their cues from the board room

This piece dispelled five myths about college debt, but it didn’t answer the big question: Why has the cost of college risen so sharply over the last 30 years?

Has pay for professors risen in proportion with tuition? Are more courses being offered? Has the quality of instruction increased significantly? My guess is the answers are no, no, and no.

In most corporate enterprises over the last 30 years the major recipients of increased revenues have been management, particularly at the top level.

The academy has learned well from business.

Tom Caldwell

Monroe

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