The Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “What’s best for N.C. schools?” (April 25 Viewpoint):

N.C. education system already weak, don’t make it worse

N.C. Sen. Phil Berger suggests we can get a better education system for less money. Last time I went shopping for tires, cars or anything of value, better cost more. Education is the same.

Legislators like Berger are hurting an already weakened system in the name of not wasting tax money. Sometimes you can save money and it’s good. But it’s not good for the children in N.C. public schools when you cut funding to this extent. Sometimes you have to set priorities.

Joe Mooney


In response to “Education reform? Looks like politics,” (April 24 Editorial):

GOP education reforms bring

to mind ‘Alice in Wonderland’

To defund the N.C. Teachers Fellows program and later propose to replace it with something akin to Teach for America sends this message: “If you want to be a teacher we don’t want to help you. If you didn’t intend to be a teacher, we want to help you become one.” It sounds like our state lawmakers were meeting down the rabbit hole.

Tim Michael


In response to “Nonprofit hospitals thrive on profits” (April 22):

Single-payer system would help hospitals, patients both thrive

The writer is a retired pediatrician.

Our community is fortunate to have two hospital systems offering high-quality, lifesaving care. Both Carolinas Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital are thriving under the existing laws and regulations governing national health care.

Unfortunately, financially successful hospitals often have financially unsuccessful patients, as the article describes.

Medical care is an essential service just like education, fire and police protection. It is essential that hospitals and patients thrive. A Medicare for All or single-payer system would provide quality, universal and affordable private medical care.

John G. Johnston


CMC will work with you to keep bill collectors at bay; I’m proof

My husband had a heart attack and our insurance wouldn’t touch the bills, claiming it was a pre-existing condition. We immediately made an appointment with CMC. Not only did they work with us to set up a monthly payment plan, they deducted thousands off the bill because of our situation.

If these people whose stories are in the paper had made arrangements to pay their bills, bill collectors would not be knocking at their doors.

The hospital has provided a service and deserves to be paid. They also have bills to pay.

Jill Mick


Can’t muster an ounce of sympathy for Edwards et al

I have no sympathy for Andrew Young, Rielle Hunter, and especially John Edwards. They all knew better, but put the “political cause” as top priority.

Young was in over his head, Hunter took an opportunity, and Edwards talked the talk, but didn’t walk the walk.

Jim Cherry


In response to “Pittenger’s ‘vicious’ attack on Pendergraph unwarranted” (April 25 Forum):

Vinroot just frustrated by

an authentic conservative

Let’s compare Richard Vinroot and Robert Pittenger: Vinroot opposes the amendment to protect marriage. Pittenger is an advocate for it.

Vinroot supported Planned Parenthood. Pittenger is staunchly pro-life.

Vinroot joined the light-rail bandwagon. Pittenger has always supported a roads-first approach.

Given these sharp contrasts, one can’t help but wonder if the real source of Vinroot’s frustration is not the tone of the campaign, but the mettle and substance of an authentic conservative like Pittenger.

Timothy P. Burns


Your religious freedom

does not supersede mine

Our constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom is a wonderful thing that becomes less wonderful when some believe their freedom supersedes others’ freedom to not agree with them.

Even in the large Christian tent not everyone believes the Bible is the inerrant word of God. To try to force others to acquiesce to your religious beliefs is to take away from them the freedom you claim for yourself.

Mark Selleck

Mineral Springs

Require bike horns for ‘rude’ Sugar Creek greenway cyclists

Recently, a friend and I walked part of Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Very nice and enjoyable – except having to look over your shoulder at all times wondering if some rude, errant bicyclist is coming up on you.

Only one cyclist said “on the left” as he came up. Many rode side-by-side, forcing walkers to go single file. Might I suggest that if we must allow bicyclists, we require them to have bells installed since they undoubtedly can’t vocalize their intent.

Rockne Blackshear


I’ll miss walking through this world via Tommy’s eyes

Tommy Tomlinson walks through the world seeing more and seeing it differently than most of us. With the telling of it he lifts the ordinary to the extraordinary. His gift for touching the heart, the head and the funny bone will be greatly missed.

Kay Starnes