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In response to “Commissioners approve sales tax referendum” (June 18):

Don’t bundle funding for ASC, teachers in same referendum

The writer is a Libertarian candidate for N.C. House 104.

I support the arts in Charlotte, including as a past member of the Opera Carolina Chorus. But I find it unfortunate that the county commissioners chose to bundle sales tax support for the Arts & Science Council with that for public education.

If a voter opposes a sales tax supporting the arts, they must oppose sales tax supporting teacher pay, or vice-versa.

Separate referendums would be better, one for public education, another for the ASC. Voters could then choose which they want to support.

Eric Cable

Charlotte


In response to “U.S. Patent Office finds Redskins’ name offensive” (June 19):

Offended by team names, but not by helicopter monikers?

So the government says that the name “Redskins” is offensive. I wonder what they’ll do about those U.S. Army helicopters named Apache, Iroquois, Sioux and Chinook.

Xenophon J. Koinis

Matthews


Gov. McCrory’s Medicaid reform plan is best option

The Medicaid reform plan proposed by Gov. Pat McCrory is the only reasonable solution to the current costly situation.

Under the governor’s plan, N.C. physicians and providers will have the responsibility of configuring accountable care organizations that will deliver efficient, effective and budget-predictable care to Medicaid patients.

This reform plan is in contrast to the option proposed by the N.C. Senate, which would allow outsourcing of the Medicaid business to national managed care companies that will take profits outside our state.

As N.C. physicians who truly care about our patients and our state, let us and others in North Carolina have the opportunity to solve our Medicaid problem. It’s the North Carolina way.

Dr. Herb Garrison

Dr. Marcus Albernaz

Greenville, N.C.

Reprehensible for N.C. GOP to turn down Medicaid funding

Perhaps Republicans in Raleigh turned down Medicaid funding to rebuke the president, or perhaps they were trying to demonstrate their absolute control over the governance of our state.

Whatever the reason, it’s not too late for cooler heads to prevail.

I enjoin the governor to step up and lead the members of his party to accept federal funding. The improved health care of 500,000 of our poorest citizens is at stake.

Dan Laurent

Charlotte


We should have stayed out of Iraq. When will U.S. learn?

Chaos, instability and terror reigns in Iraq. This is what happens when America goes intervening and bombing nations around the world.

Before the lies of “weapons of mass destruction” and efforts to link Iraq to the acts of 9/11 and the “shock and awe” invasion, Iraq was much more safe and stable under Saddam.

When will America learn? What a terrible web we weave when we first seek to deceive.

Jibril Hough

Charlotte

In response to “Immigrant children held in packed cells” (June 19):

I blame Obama administration for flood of illegal children

Has anyone thought to ask where the parents of these children are?

Every day taxpayer dollars appear to be spent to reunify families of illegal immigrants.

What we need right now isn’t immigration reform, it’s for this Obama administration to enforce the immigration laws we already have and stop circumventing the law with “policy.”

Once the illegal acts stop getting rewarded, this influx will stop and we can return to enforcing our borders and being a sovereign nation.

Mike Spina

Matthews

Create a refuge camp for these kids, in time fewer will come

Isn’t the solution simple? They are refugees! Create a refugee camp in the middle of Nevada. Put a fence around it and feed the kids and educate them, but they cannot leave the camp. The flow will decrease once people realize what is in store for them.

John Pluckhahn

Charlotte


In response to “Child says boyfriend hit Tanner with belt” (June 17):

Another reason to tighten up domestic violence laws in N.C.

The case involving Bianca Tanner and her 3-year-old child as a witness to abuse she is said to have sustained, is all the more reason for new laws to protect women from any form of domestic violence. Whether verbal or physical abuse, the time is now. Too many women suffer the consequences because of a lack of stricter laws.

Lorraine Stark

Matthews

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