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In response to “Wos rebutted on NCTracks” (Oct. 11):

McCrory promised one thing, but doesn’t deliver on Wos

The McCrory mantra during the gubernatorial campaign was to run state government like a customer-oriented business.

If such a business had an employee such as DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, she would have been fired long ago.

Time for action, CEO Pat McCrory.

John H. Clark

Charlotte


Encourage employers not to dump full-time employees

Here is a suggestion on health care: Pro rate benefits.

If an employee works half time, he/she gets half benefits.

This would eliminate the obscene practice of firing full-time workers and hiring part-time workers to avoid paying any benefits.

Can’t we do something to help workers for a change?

Richard Greene

Charlotte


Time to stop playing politics with a gun to the nation’s head

Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling five times while George W. Bush was president, with no strings attached.

In the 2004 vote that raised the debt ceiling by $800 billion, and 104 Republicans who are still serving in Congress today voted in favor.

In 2006, Sen. Charles Grassley explained his support for raising the ceiling by saying: “We cannot as a Congress pass spending and tax bills and then refuse to pay our bills. ...Raising the debt limit is about meeting the obligations we have already incurred. We must meet our obligations.”

This is the same argument President Obama is making.

Hardball partisan politics sadly has become the norm, but playing it with a gun to the nation’s head is a serious danger and disgrace that must end.

Pat McCoy

Charlotte

Sweetheart deal like Nelson got could have prevented shutdown

The House should use a trick from the Democrats’ own playbook to end the shutdown.

Democrats encouraged Ben Nelson to change his position on the Affordable Care Act by giving him $100 million in Medicaid exemptions to take home.

They should give Sen. Harry Reid, say, $50 billion to use anyway he wishes in Nevada. He would change his attitude in a New York minute!

Had the Dems not done that underhanded deal for Nelson’s vote the Affordable Care Act might not even be an issue now.

Ken Rowsam

Chester, S.C.


Tea parties bookend American history; one may destroy it

The 1773 Tea Party was instrumental in the founding of our country.

Conversely, the 2013 tea party could be instrumental in its destruction.

T.T. Masters

Charlotte


Simple party switch could give Dems, independents more sway

I suggest Independents and Democrats change their voter registration to Republican and vote in the primaries.

I welcome suggestions for a better plan. If no one has a better plan, then let’s get this one implemented.

Steve Justus

Davidson


Truculence displayed by some in Congress gets us nowhere

I was intrigued by the contrast in columns on the Oct. 10 Viewpoint page.

Eric Cantor’s approach reminds me of an ex-wife’s definition of communication: “I speak, you listen,” which defines not negotiation and compromise, but acquiescence and autocracy.

Meanwhile, on Friday we still awaited the first comprehensive rational response from the Republicans to anything proposed by the White House. And history proves no matter what the president proposes, the tea party rejects – their stated goal.

If Cantor and the tea party had the capacity to comprehend and apply Republican Olympia Snowe’s rationally based approach to negotiation and compromise, we would not be again deadlocked.

Only when we allow ourselves to overcome this entrenched type of adolescent truculence will we return to a functional process as defined by Snowe.

Paul D. Suko

Charlotte

It’s clear to me now – a seat in Congress should be a temp job

Why do “we the people” put up with this behavior repeatedly?

Would you hire a contractor with the attitude Congress displays? How about a doctor?

Politicians are doing everything but their jobs. It’s time for them to go.

Career politicians will always put their career first. That’s why the founding fathers intended government to be a temp job.

Rick Wingate

Mooresville


In response to “Congress likely to revise NSA’s practices” (Oct. 8) and related articles:

NSA surveillance goes too far; demand director be removed

It’s clear that tyranny is entrenched when the director of the NSA suggests that the NSA should be able to access all Americans’ phone calls and records whenever it wants.

Director Keith Alexander should be removed immediately.

The founding fathers and other great leaders who followed them, including Abraham Lincoln, gave blunt and dire warnings that tyranny will grow in our country when the people allow it.

Make the strongest and loudest complaints possible to our senators and representatives. Demand that the NSA director be removed and that legal checks be placed on this tyrannical agency.

Lee Hasty

Monroe

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