Not one more dime for Carolina Theatre
In response to “Foundation seeks $4.5M from city to renovate Carolina Theatre” (June 28):
Over the past 20 years Charlotte City Council has turned down several private sector offers to renovate and develop the old Carolina Theatre.
Under pressure from the “uptown crowd,” these opportunities were missed and the property finally given to the Foundation for the Carolinas, with the implied promise that the property would be saved and developed at no cost to the taxpayers.
Now the foundation is asking the taxpayers to chip in $4.5 million!
Just another example, like Eastland Mall and the NASCAR museum, of government ineptness and the danger when electing unqualified council members.
Don Reid, Charlotte
Party switch speaks highly of Trosch
In response to “Local judge says he didn’t leave Republican Party – the party left him” (June 29):
For District Judge Lou Trosch to step across party lines represents true patriotism seldom seen from public figures.
Putting one’s conscience over fear of repercussions like loss of income, prestige, status, and even friendships speaks highly for Judge Trosch’s values.
In my lifetime of following our political process, today’s politicians are worse than cowards. I don’t know Judge Trosch, but my hat is off to him.
Jack Bennett, Mooresville
Obamacare is failing; compromise needed
Obamacare’s cost is unsustainable. Deductibles are unaffordable for many middle-class taxpayers and insurance choices dwindle as companies lose money and drop out of the ACA exchanges.
President Obama’s promise to keep your insurance and doctor wasn’t kept. Some people feel compelled to refuse jobs to stay on Medicaid.
Congress must work together and craft a viable plan that offers basic insurance, while reducing our growing national debt.
Neither party will get everything it wants, but compromise can get it done.
Joyce McLaren, Terrell
Choose justice: Medicare for all
The picture of 13 white males sitting around a U.S. Senate conference table in a private room, for weeks, to design a health care bill for all Americans is simply stunning in its stupidity. I say this as an older, white male.
This ship has sailed, and it wasn’t recently.
The Republican Party insists on the past. Many parts of our history are noble and good and worth retaining. White privilege, tax cuts for the super wealthy, and no health care for the poorest among us, do not fit in that bucket.
Choose your poison: the Republican House plan or the Republican Senate plan, or some cocktail version of the two.
Or, choose justice, mercy, goodness and generosity: Health care for all.
Sandy Welton, Charlotte
Tackle health care fraud and waste
In response to “How to stop gouging in medicine” (June 27 Forum):
Price gouging is not the problem with health care.
The weight of fraudulent providers and those who approve able-bodied patients to get medical disability will continue to sink any healthcare ship before it ever leaves port.
Let’s investigate how much money is wasted on these issues!
Donna Thomas, Concord
If public prayer offends, then leave
In response to “Why can’t prayer be a private activity?” (June 29 Forum):
Public prayer is not a “foolish tradition.”
It is a preemptive strike for those who ask blessings and protection from a sovereign God.
We have asked God to leave our schools and other public places. So what is the result – a country where disrespect, violence, and even anarchy are becoming commonplace. Witness the recent incident where a man drove his vehicle into a monument of the Ten Commandments!
I respectfully suggest that if public prayer offends you so much, please by all means, leave. Better you than God.
Laura Johannesen, Indian Trail
Adhere to separation of state and church
Forum writer Jerry Haney is spot on.
No one is taking away anybody’s right to pray or celebrate their religion, but as with all things there is a time and a place.
Separation of church and state, remember?
Lenore Kerner, Charlotte