In response to Pittenger and Ellmers get it from both sides (Oct. 16):
Pittenger, Ellmers are to blame for the predicament they face
U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows and Richard Hudson have taken strong stands by tying defunding of the health care law to funding the government, and need to be commended.
Washington simply cannot balance its checkbook, and with the implementation of Obamacare things will get much worse.
Robert Pittenger and Renee Ellmers campaigned to stop, repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. Once elected, they compromised their positions.
We need candidates who say what they mean and mean what they say and wont change horses once in Washington.
In response to State grapples with extra food needs because of shutdown (Oct. 15):
McCrory helped cause the hunger hes trying to heal
The front-page article about Gov. Pat McCrory announcing aid to Second Harvest Food Bank was beyond the pale.
North Carolinas governor and legislature have played, and continue to play, a role in creating the hurt and unemployment for these families.
While at Second Harvest, I wonder if they happened to look next door and notice the 200-plus people lined up at Crisis Assistance Ministry every day to get help to keep the lights on, pay the rent, or get come clothes.
Macys making a mistake by staying open on Thanksgiving
The smart retailer would be the one that bucks the system and closes Thanksgiving eve at 6 p.m. and reopens Friday at 10 a.m. so employees can spend time with family.
That retailer would begin advertising now that when it reopens Friday, Nov. 29 it will have a well-trained clerk at every register, an assistant to ease the check-out process, and staff ready to take packages to customers cars upon request.
If I knew I could get into and out of a retailer with that kind of customer service, I would forgo the madness of unruly crowds and long lines.
If everyone took this approach, there would be more family time, retailers would still make a profit, and for at least one day the city will rest at peace.
Charles W. Yates
In response to House GOP effort fails as debt deadline nears (Oct. 16) and related articles:
Make House members pay for the suffering theyve caused
I am so disappointed by the government shutdown and the inability of all parties to reach compromise.
Those in House are acting like children, specifically the GOP extremists.
When children misbehave we take away privileges. House members might be more willing to listen if they lost their salaries and staff, including security, during the shutdown.
It is time to make the punishment equal the offense.
Frances Gregory Robbins
Republicans are not solely to blame for debt, budget woes
Anyone who thinks the Republicans are totally responsible for the debt and budget problems needs to check all the facts.
Sen. Harry Reid and the Democrats share equal blame with the other side and with the president for shutting down the government.
The difference today is egos. These so-called leaders are concerned about their political lives first, Americans last.
Anyone who has been in Congress more than four years is the source of these problems.
David F. Payne
In response to Obamas actions on debt ceiling just as hypocritical as others (Oct. 16 Forum):
Will take more than spending cuts to control the debt
Forum writer Frank Ammirato correctly pointed out President Obamas hypocrisy in opposing an increase in the debt ceiling in 2006, yet demanding it today.
But when he goes on to say that Obama could not have said it better in 2006, I disagree.
Obamas position then was stupid grandstanding, as is the GOPs position today. The debt ceiling itself is an ill-conceived over-constraint.
If we want to control debt, we need to do it through the spending and revenue legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president.
When Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling once it is reached, it is refusing to honor the obligations it has knowingly and intentionally incurred. I believe that is irresponsible.
We must act as united states, not as 50 separate little nations
In my lifetime the United States won a world war, put a person on the moon, survived an ill-advised war in Vietnam, and worked through integration.
Through all this and more, it didnt matter who was president or which party was in control of Congress. We were the United States of America.
We are now anything but united. We are 50 separate little nations doing their own thing.
Some states want to hijack the entire nation to further their agendas no matter what the national laws say. The little nation where I live is the worst of the worst.
Until we focus on the needs of all citizens, well continue to be a second-rate entity rather than a vibrant nation addressing the needs of its people. All people.
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