In response to For the Record “It’s time to start moving on those I-77 toll lanes” (Aug. 3 Opinion):
Time for N.C. to dip into those ‘pots of money’ and widen I-77
There always seemed to be endless “pots of money” for building four-lane highways, bridges to nowhere, and multiple beltways in Raleigh and eastern North Carolina.
Those who have been paying these confiscatory fuel taxes and sitting in the I-77 parking lot for decades deserve accountability for those billions our region contributed.
We have already paid for our “free lanes” 10 times over.
In response to “A doctor’s bad trip to ER” (Aug. 5 Carolina Living):
Doctor’s ER story doesn’t
bode well for the rest of us
I hope Dr. Charlotte Yeh truthfully filled out the patient satisfaction survey.
Her article should be mandatory reading for all the “we gotta pay big or they will leave” executives of area hospitals – maybe all U.S. hospitals.
What would’ve happened to the ordinary folks who visit an emergency room and trust that they will do the “right thing”?
I’d like to think Dr. Yeh would have been better treated here
As a physical therapist who works in trauma, I find Dr. Yeh’s experience unfortunate and sad.
It is an excellent reminder to all of us in health care to keep the patient’s goals, needs and wants at the center of what we do.
I am glad “the art of care flickered back to life” during her rehabilitation. And I am grateful to be a part of a trauma team here in Charlotte, in which I hope we always “examine” the patient and consider the essence of who they are.
In response to “Date set for jury trial for Hardy” (Aug. 5) and related articles:
Sports teams need to get tougher on domestic violence
There is too much domestic violence by athletes. A much stronger/aggressive policy is needed ASAP! Teams are sending the wrong message with a slap on the wrist.
In response to “N.C. sales tax holiday a thing of the past” (July 31):
Good riddance to N.C. sales tax holiday; state doesn’t need it
Last year’s North Carolina tax overhaul had several long-term benefits. It ultimately saved North Carolinians more money through general tax reform than the 5 to 10 percent they might have saved on school supplies through a tax holiday.
Since 2010, the number of states with sales tax holidays has decreased from 19 to 16 as it is becoming ever clearer that sales tax holidays don’t provide any real relief.
In response to “All of Obama’s flaws get overlooked amid accusations of racism” (Aug. 1 Forum):
The same old manufactured beefs about Obama – yet again
All presidents go on vacation – Obama fewer than most. And over and over again we’ve seen these manufactured scandals disappear in a puff of smoke.
As for constitutional abuses and controversial policies, I don’t know of any president who hasn’t been accused of such things. Yet the vitriol for Obama is particularly concentrated and vile. That’s why his defenders search for other reasons – they’re looking for a way to explain the hatred.
In response to “Side-track fossil fuel train and jump on board renewable energy one” (Aug. 4 Forum) and related articles:
Wind, solar are great, but not at expense of oil, coal, nuclear
The main goal of the global warming alarmist lobby is to make our energy so expensive that we are forced to rely on unreliable and costly renewables, such as wind and solar.
Yes, we should continue to develop alternative energy sources, but we also must robustly pursue the energy from coal, oil, nuclear and natural gas that we need to run our factories, power our homes and fuel our cars.
Keith T. Brittain
Growing use of solar is good for North Carolina taxpayers
North Carolina is a growing user of solar energy. This is good for our air and water, and good for ratepayers.
New, expensive fossil fuel and nuclear plants will not be needed. And after the Dan River spill and the threats of coal ash spills across our state we are delighted to remember that a solar spill happens every day – dawn!