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In response to Our View “An all-time low for Congress” (July 3 Editorial) and related articles:

Polls confirm what many have long known – Obama is failing

You informed us about the terrible poll numbers for Congress. That’s fine – they deserve to be called out.

In the same polls President Obama received some of the worst numbers any president has ever received.

It looks like the rest of the people now believe as many of us have for years – that Mr. Obama has no idea what to do about anything.

Dick Meyer

Charlotte


Too many Americans being lulled by faux patriotism

I recently dined with citizens from the U.K., Canada and other western democracies. They were very interested in the loose U.S. restrictions on campaign finance and the McCutcheon and Citizens United Supreme Court decisions.

They don’t understand why U.S. voters are not outraged.

Many of us are outraged, but the majority seem resigned to watching bad reality TV, sports, shopping or being lulled by America’s great faux patriotism.

We like to wave the flag while bad politicians trample our Democratic garden unchecked. Happy Fourth everyone!

Chip Potts

Mooresville


Medicare’s home health bidding system is broken; fix it

The writer is CEO of Griffin Home Health Care.

It’s time to fix Medicare’s “competitive bidding” program for physician-ordered home medical equipment.

It’s a broken system that hurts patients and providers.

I urge Congress to support H.R. 4920 – the Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2014 – which makes all bids binding, as well as requiring providers to obtain bonds and provide proof of licensure before bidding.

I hope our legislators will protect my business and my patients, rethink the expansion of “competitive bidding” and join our fight to save home care.

William H. Griffin

Charlotte


Teachers deserve better treatment from N.C. legislature

“Always remember that to educate rightly is not a simple and easy thing, but a complex and extremely difficult thing: the hardest task which devolves upon adult life.”

- Herbert Spencer, 1860

I retired after a second career as an educator. It is indeed a challenging profession that was hard in 1860 and is more difficult today.

Please wake up you dithering Republican legislators and give the teachers that long overdue and deserved raise.

Carl J. Hamm

Charlotte


Hobby Lobby’s investments, shelves filled with hypocrisy

Try to find any item in Hobby Lobby that does not say “Made in China” – a country known for egregious human rights, child labor and government forced abortion.

Check Hobby Lobby’s investment portfolio; they invest in companies that manufacture some of the very contraceptives they deny their employees.

Looks to me like Hobby Lobby’s deep religious and moral convictions are only limited by its bottom line.

Kelly Stevens

Charlotte

Women will be denied access to contraceptives? Nonsense.

Protests against the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby are reaching the point of being silly, beginning with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s claim that the ruling denies women access to contraceptives.

You’d think Congress had passed a law denying the sale of contraceptives.

Women will continue to have access to contraceptives.

Neither government nor employers should be expected to provide everything we want, or even need.

We must be willing to accept responsibility for ourselves at some point.

Lorraine Little

Matthews


Medicaid expansion needed

to save lives, rural hospitals

July 1 marked the closing of a rural hospital in Belhaven, N.C. Residents there will now have to travel approximately 30 miles for hospital care.

Medicaid expansion in North Carolina would have helped these rural hospitals but Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP General Assembly led by Thom Tillis refused it.

Some North Carolinians may die without this needed medical care and because they continue to lack health care coverage. Other rural hospitals may fail to thrive and be forced to close.

It is not too late to embrace Medicaid expansion, but it is too late for the residents of Belhaven.

Pat Bullard

China Grove

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