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Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Tackle single-mom issue and we can fix other problems too” (Dec. 16 Forum):

Single moms didn’t get that way alone; men played role

Jim Shalvoy seems to believe that all problems would be solved if there were no single moms. I have some suggestions to make that possible. One: Sterilize all males. Two: Return to shotgun weddings. Three: Make the penalty for divorce – hanging. Of course the best choice is number one. My understanding is that would be the absolute solution to these women running over these poor helpless males, just to be a single mom with a child to clothe, feed and care for 24 hours a day.

Naida Cogswell

Huntersville


Being rich shouldn’t mitigate punishment for teen’s crime

Now that “affluenza” is being recognized as a defense (for a well-off 16-year-old who got probation in a drunk driving case where he killed four people), here are some others to use: poorisy, gangreed, aminneedsia, moneynucleosis, richets and debtheria.

Patrice McGrath

Charlotte


In response to “Poll cites Obama on health care ills” (Dec. 16):

Blame health industry for rising cost of care, not new law

So almost 70 percent of Americans think their health insurance premiums are going up because of the Affordable Care Act? Let’s place the blame where it belongs – on the cost of health care. Insurance companies don’t pull charges out of the air. Premiums reflect what they pay for health care. And costs will continue to go up until the health care industry gets actively engaged in reducing them.

The ACA righted some very unfair practices of the insurance industry, such as refusing to insure people with pre-existing conditions, but it is not the culprit in higher insurance premiums.

Linda Gallehugh

Charlotte

For last 30 years my premiums went up – without Obamacare

I worked for a large corporation for 30 years. There were not many of those 30 years that my insurance premium or the portion for which I was responsible did not go up. I had to change doctors due to implemented changes. Guess what, I sucked it up. I counted my blessings that I had options for health coverage. Others need to do the same.

Chris Turner

Charlotte


In response to “Rucho’s tweet comparing Obamacare to America’s wars sparks controversy” (Dec. 16):

Rucho deserves a pat on the back for truthful comments

Good for you Bob! Sometimes the truth needs to be told. Nobody could screw up a plan this bad unless it was on purpose ... a road to single payer the president couldn’t get passed unless he lied about it. Yes, I said the president lied! It’s time to speak in bold colors, not pastels.

Jay Privette

Charlotte

Rucho deserves a straitjacket for his wacky comments

Once again Bob Rucho has demonstrated that he is out of touch with reality. To suggest that Obama and the Affordable Care Act are somehow responsible for more human tragedy than America’s worst enemies suggests either stupidity and bigotry or something far more dangerous and ominous. When we spend twice per capita on health care as the next nearest developed nation and have only the 18th best mortality rate, it tells us something is clearly wrong with our system. At least Obama is trying to address this.

Jack Hankins

Charlotte


In response to “Can’t blame gerrymandering on Mel Watt” (Dec. 13 Forum):

District gerrymandered for Watt’s continued election

Craig Hobaugh apparently doesn’t realize Mel Watt’s district stretched in a narrow ribbon from Charlotte to Winston-Salem, the blatant Democratic mandate that he (Watt) could never be defeated. Watt’s district was strongly Democratic and mainly black, giving him overwhelming voter support. As for white politicians’ use of gerrymandering Mr. Hobaugh again fails to realize the present ethnic population of this country.

Frank Harrington

Charlotte


In response to “Canada dropped daily mail delivery, U.S. should too” (Dec. 16 Forum):

Postal service problems not result of bad business model

Ms. Marlow, no one is forcing you to use the services of the post office, and you are not being taxed for its service.

The USPS is an independent agency of the federal government and does not directly receive taxpayer dollars. It also employs over 500,000 good folks.

The chief reason it loses money is the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed by Congress which mandated $5.5 billion per year to be paid into an account to pre-fund retiree health-care, 75 years into the future. Repealing that act would go a long way in improving the USPS’s bottom line, as would discontinuing Saturday delivery.

Roger Craig

Mooresville

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