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In response to “Board picks new chair: Cotham out, Fuller in” (Dec. 4):

Looks like personal agendas will rule Mecklenburg board

As the ol’ saying goes, “Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it.”

Having so few voters elect Mecklenburg County commissioners in November facilitated the desire of commissioners George Dunlap and Kim Ratliff to demonstrate they will run the show – at all costs.

An earlier article (“Chairmanship may be on line,” Nov. 26) made clear their collaboration to oust Pat Cotham.

No doubt Mecklenburg residents will pay in many ways. County business will be secondary to personal agendas, and residents’ tax dollars will be wasted in the process.

Floyd Prophet

Kannapolis


McCrory should dismantle N.C.’s obsolete ABC system

It makes no sense that administrators of dozens of ABC boards across the state draw generous salaries while doing little to add value to a business that should not be part of the public sector.

The sale of the ABC network of hundreds of stores and warehouses would yield millions of dollars that could be used to address urgent state needs.

To its credit, South Carolina long ago saw the wisdom of turning over the sale of alcohol to the private sector.

End result: S.C. businesses compete, customers pay fair prices, the state receives its tax revenues and a burdensome bureaucracy was eliminated.

Dan Laurent

Charlotte


In response to “Gov. Pat McCrory: Here’s where my attention really is” (Dec. 4 Feedback):

McCrory takes credit for economy he did not create

Oh, pulleeeeze... Gov. Pat McCrory taking credit for the state’s improving economy is – to borrow a phrase from the late Susan Burgess – “like the cock taking credit for the rising sun.”

Bill Yoder

Charlotte


In response to “Our standard of living is better than we think” (Dec. 3 Viewpoint):

Standard of living is better? That’s only smoke and mirrors

Real income for the middle class has been slipping for close to 30 years. To maintain a semblance of our customary standard of living now requires two incomes per family.

Even then, we can’t afford all the stuff our standard of living requires, unless somebody is being underpaid to make it and somebody else is being underpaid to sell it to us.

Our standard of living is only smoke and mirrors if it requires the perpetuation of hardship for others.

Allen Hubbard

Lincolnton

Bread and circuses can’t obscure true economic picture

Class warfare is so off-putting – especially for those who stoop to remind the non-One Percent that entertainment is just awesome these days.

Roman emperors referred to it as bread and circuses. It kept the riff-raff from noticing the extent to which life was stacked against them.

This op-ed column was 600 words of contempt for our society’s well-being.

Steve Craig

Charlotte


In response to Lane Filler “Walmart’s business plan: exploitative or good” (Dec. 2 Viewpoint) and Paul Krugman “Providing better pay now” (Dec. 3 Viewpoint):

Columnist’s defense of Walmart business plan callous at best

Reading Paul Krugman’s lament on the plight of low-wage workers highlights the shocking callousness of Lane Filler’s piece.

Filler argues low wages paid by businesses like Walmart are perfectly justified so long as shoppers find it acceptable.

After all, Filler says, “the services of the unskilled have little value today,” and we are mistaken to think that “the unskilled should be economically stable,” and to make Walmart responsible for people’s “right to food, clothing, shelter, and health care.”

What is there in the current cultural atmosphere that encourages some people to express publicly such repugnant views?

With friends like Filler, Walmart doesn’t need enemies.

Alan Singerman

Mooresville


DHHS Medicaid debacle rivals botched Obamacare rollout

The rollout of Obamacare was unbelievably screwed up. Not to be outdone though was the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which gave us a “twofer.”

Not only did they show similar incompetence with their Medicaid billing process, but they added the appearance, if not the actuality, of corruption in their hiring practices and their single-source contracting to political cronies.

John Huson

Charlotte


In response to “Will we realize too late about Obamacare’s impact?” (Dec. 2 Forum):

You pay for their maternity; they pay for your stents

To those complaining that Obamacare forces them “to pay more for coverage they did not want or need.”

Yes, you might have to help pay for someone else’s maternity care, but guess what? All those nubile young women will be forced to help pay for your PSA, statins, heart stents, or whatever else you need that they don’t.

Funny how those whining about having to pay for coverage they don’t want always forget the other side of the equation.

Heather Stancil

Belmont

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