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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

You can blame idiocy we see in Congress on gerrymandering

As we look in dismay at the latest example of dysfunctional government, it may serve us well to reflect on a big reason why we are here.

The vast majority of this nation’s Congressional districts are surgically tailored to protect incumbents from one party or the other. This precise “gerrymandering” produces representatives who have zero incentive for reasoned compromise; indeed it is more likely to be penalized.

So long as we allow politicians to pick their voters, rather than the other way around, we should not be surprised by the infantile idiocy that we are seeing.

Mike Daisley

Charlotte

Democrats started the bitter battle now being waged in D.C.

Nothing Republicans do to defeat Obamacare or cripple it could be considered a dirtier move than what Democrats did to pass it.

Tom Daoust

Concord

Middle class taxpayers will foot the bill for Obamacare

In the Observer’s two-page tout of Obamacare, the section on subsidies jumped out at me.

For a family of four with an annual income of $35,300, the premium for a Silver Plan will be $12,500 a year. The subsidy will be $11,000.

That means the government – short for taxpayers – pays the $11,000.

If you don’t think your taxes will have to be raised substantially to foot this bill you are in for a big surprise.

By their own admission, supporters of the Unaffordable Care Act admit that 33 million people will still not have any kind of coverage.

Young people will opt for the fine, old people are already on Medicare, unions are fighting for exemption. Who’s going to pay for this calamity? The middle class taxpayer!

Dickie Benzie

Charlotte

People suffer while politicians play chicken in nation’s capital

Congress and the U.S. Senate play a game of political chicken while the American people suffer. It is quite obvious that politics have become more important than the people.

Robert Desiderio

Matthews


In response to “Raise taxes on big business rather than cut food stamps” (Sept. 25 Forum):

Taxing corporations wrong way to fund food stamp program

Forum writer Buddy Lemmons favors taxing corporations to pay for food stamp programs. He must also favor higher prices for consumers, higher unemployment and smaller retirement balances for those who invest in stocks.

If he is concerned for food stamp recipients, then he should be quite willing to donate his own money to help them obtain adequate food supplies, rather than urge the government to take other people’s money. But that seems to be the favored method of the left; using other people’s money instead of their own.

Ben Fletcher

Charlotte


In response to “Celebrating a decade of public arts” (Sept. 28):

We can thank Marcia for public art – and help her plant trees

What an enlightening weekend celebrating 121 pieces of diverse public art. Covered were the 10 years since creation of the Public Art Commission launched a jury approach for 1 percent of public money in certain capital civic projects.

This worthy idea, however, was imported 30 years ago by Marcia Simon, who led a fervent bipartisan band in convincing government to commit to community beauty, providing three decades of stimulating art works.

Now, she is birth mother of Charlotte Trees. Goal: Plant 500,000 trees – paid mostly with private donations – by 2050 to preserve and enhance our shrinking glorious canopy.

Place your winning bet again on the indefatigable Marcia Simon and her inspired co-workers.

Rolfe Neill

Charlotte


In response to “Deer population causes a debate in Matthews” (Sept. 29):

Deer ticks carry Lyme disease; don’t feed deer in your yard

To all those deer lovers who oppose the permitting of hunting on private property, I would ask if they will feel the same after they contract Lyme disease from their beloved “pets.”

Overpopulation of deer not only causes damage to property and misery for the deer, but it also increases the likelihood of spreading the devastating disease which deer ticks carry.

Please think through the unintended consequences of your emotional attachment to watching the deer graze in your yards.

Charlie Daul

Matthews


In response to “County may ban recyclables in roll-out trash cans” (Sept. 29):

Easy to keep recyclables out of landfill if you follow my plan

In our household we solved the recycling and trash problem.

In the kitchen we have two trash cans one for recycling and one for trash. It is amazing how fast the recycling can fills up, and the trash can always is almost empty.

It’s easy and doesn’t take any more effort to recycle. Try it.

Elaine Derry

Concord

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