In response to McCrory, Wos must step up, accept blame for DHHS woes (Jan. 15 Forum):
Cant pin all the blame for
FAST fiasco on McCrory, Wos
The NC FAST contract was awarded before Gov. Pat McCrory was elected.
Yet, the newspapers and politicians are blaming McCrory, and particularly Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, for problems that have been years in the making.
If we want to point fingers, lets at least include the multiple federal agencies that fund the development and confound the developers with varying agency-driven requirements.
Christie acted quickly; still waiting for Obama to act
Gov. Chris Christie fired two people who held up traffic for a few thousand people for several days.
Still waiting for President Obama to take action with the people who held up the health care rollout for a few million people for several months.
GOP seems to ignore cost, futility of the war on drugs
Right-wing Republicans have worked themselves into a lather attacking what they call a failed government war on poverty.
Government is not the solution they say. Yet they demand that government slog forward in the failed war on drugs.
One estimate indicates the government spends more than $41 billion and gives up about $46 billion per year in taxes in its failed prohibition efforts.
These numbers would make a big dent in government deficits.
The GOP should also ponder the millions of drug war prisoners housed and fed in the government gulag at ridiculous expense while drug abuse continues unabated.
If government war is not the solution to poverty, isnt it logical and consistent that it is also not the solution to drug abuse?
In response to Trails backer dies at Crowders (Jan. 14):
Let hikers death be a reminder to all, especially to litterbugs
Gary Mims death at Crowders Mountain State Park is tragic. Apparently he was there collecting trash left by other thoughtless and inconsiderate park visitors.
Those who spoil the park experience for others in this way should be ashamed of themselves.
In Garys memory we should all remember to Take only memories, leave only footprints, and remind those who dont of their responsibility.
In response to CMS fires 3 over sleepy bus driver video (Jan. 14):
Lack of response on sleepy
CMS bus driver all too familiar
This article may not be a high profile news item, as evidenced by its location on page 6B, but it was a telling anecdote on how far CMS still has to go to improve.
Were it not for WSOC-TV running the story, that driver and two supervisors would likely still be employed.
The lack of response that CMS exhibited in that case is a familiar story to many CMS parents, and remains inexcusable. The official statement from CMS was even worse.
In response to NC kids taken to hospital after drinking bleach (Jan. 14 CharlotteObserver.com):
Bleach incident at Kings Mountain day care inexcusable
Every working business is supposed to have a material safety data sheet (MSDS) in their establishment.
This book details almost every substance that might be harmful if it comes in contact with skin, or is inhaled or ingested. It also gives instructions on what to do if this should happen.
And, who puts cleaning products in a pitcher in the refrigerator?
OSHA should investigate.
John K. Maxwell
In response to Charlotte moves closer to amateur sports complex with hotel deal (Jan. 14 CharlotteObserver.com):
An amateur sports complex? Charlotte should aim higher
Now we are in the big time, now we surely are.
We are right up there with the metropolitan meccas of Wichita and Huber Heights! Not to mention our own little sister, Matthews!
So let the lesser urban lights fritter away their time, effort and money on things like research universities.
Well show em whos who and whats what!
In response to Todays workers need a minimum wage they can live on (Jan 12 Forum):
Minimum wage must be affordable for employers
The comparison of Henry Fords $5 per day pay compared with todays minimum wage is bogus.
Todays typical auto factory worker is paid on average $20-25 per hour, plus benefits. There are no minimum wage workers at auto plants today.
Youth workers need a low enough minimum wage so businesses can hire and train them.
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