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Inaction of today’s politicians a discredit to yesterday’s heroes

We are visiting Hawaii soon, and plan to visit Pearl Harbor (again) to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

Unless the idiots in Congress, and the empty suit in the White House, figure out how to run a government that these brave souls died for, the USS Arizona will remain closed to the public.

Close the IRS, the bumbling Attorney General’s office and the ineffective State Department. Don’t close a memorial to men who were much braver than anyone in political office today.

Dennis J. OConnor

Concord


In response to “County board’s airport appointment purely political” (Oct. 4 Forum):

Only now Bentley recognizes politics in play in airport fight?

I had to laugh at Mecklenburg commissioner Karen Bentley’s outrage at Democrats on the county board appointing an unqualified member to the new airport commission. Her sentiments about the appointee may be correct, but this entire expensive, wasteful ouster of the airport from city control was also full of political cronyism from the right.

Meanwhile, our federal government is shut down by politicians who care more about their personal and party agendas than the greater good. Selective outrage is not the solution.

Phil Evans

Huntersville


In response to “Insurance sticker shock hits consumers” (Oct. 5):

Apparently ‘affordable’ doesn’t mean what I think it means

My wife and I recently received a letter from Blue Cross Blue Shield informing us about our change in health care insurance premiums for 2014. We are both retired, in our late 50s and in extremely good health. Our monthly premium will triple. Blue Cross Blue Shield said increased benefits required by the Affordable Care Act caused the price hike – benefits like maternity and newborn care which we can’t use or don’t need.

It should be clear to everyone that folks like us will be paying the bill for others who can’t afford insurance. Obamacare is nothing more than one more form of wealth redistribution. For the first time in our adult lives, we will likely self-insure and pay the tax penalty next year – exactly the opposite of what the bill’s creators say they hope will happen. With less-healthy people coming into the insured pool and healthier people leaving the pool, what do you think is going to happen to costs?

Michael Yount

Charlotte

Lifetime of moderation undone by president’s health care plan

A lifetime of moderation and sacrifice changed the moment I saw what my family’s new medical premiums will be. We are a middle class family who has made sacrifices and led a life of financial moderation.

As a result of our moderate income, we are not eligible for any subsidy. Therefore, the lowest cost high deductible plan we are eligible for under the “Affordable” Care Act will raise our monthly premium from around $500 to around $1,200. We will probably never need any of the extra benefits $1,200 provides.

Thanks, Mr. President, for ruining our life of moderation.

Julius Bryant

Huntersville


In response to “Airport valet service to disclose search policy” (Oct. 7):

When did Americans start allowing such privacy invasion?

If you had told me 20 years ago that someday Americans would placidly submit to the total loss of their privacy by government agents, I would have laughed at you. Now it seems that NSA is the English translation of KGB.

It appears that there is no limit to how deeply we will let the government into our daily lives in return for the illusion of safety. What happened to the constitutional requirement for a court-issued search warrant before government agents can search our persons and effects?

It is so sad. Remember when we were “the land of the free and the home of the brave”?

D.L. Preston

Charlotte


In response to “Cherry-picked global warming data doesn’t convince me” (Oct. 7 Forum):

Climate change deniers are blindly imperiling our children

When I read letters such as the one from Keith T. Brittain denying climate science, my heart weeps for my adopted homeland, America.

Detailed reporting in Europe lays out the calamitous changes likely to occur in only 30 years if we do not change our energy strategies drastically.

Global negotiations of incredible difficulty will take place in the next several years to decide how nations can adapt, survive and prosper – or not. But of all the problems facing us, the blind intransigence of climate change deniers is the biggest threat to Americans’ dreams of a better future for their children.

David Walters

Charlotte


Glad G.B. Trudeau noticed our exercise of ‘states’ rights’

I took Sunday’s Doonesbury comic strip seriously. North Carolina should be allowed to return to the mid-20th century without being ridiculed by the national media. After all, it’s about States’ Rights, right?

David Piendel

Charlotte

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