Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “3rd U.S. missionary in Liberia contracts Ebola” (Sept. 3):

Stop flying Ebola patients back

to U.S., it puts too many at risk

While SIM and all of its volunteers are to be commended for their humanitarian efforts and bravery, SIM needs to provide isolation and treatment facilities for its staff in-country, and not fly Ebola patients into an international airport in the U.S.

The costs of providing quarantine and treatment care in-country, whatever they may be, will be infinitely less than the cost of introducing Ebola to the U.S.

Suzanne Villar


School vouchers would save state money, give parents better options

The majority of public schools fall into third place academically behind home and private schools.

School vouchers would save millions of dollars for the state and counties, and improve education.

The biggest reason for opposing school vouchers is that private schools can have prayer and students can be taught Christian values.

Let parents have more choice in the kid’s education.

Jay Barnett


In response to “Saving one child at a time” (Sept. 3 Viewpoint):

Big Brothers, Big Sisters have big impact on individual child’s life

The writer is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

Most successful adults can point to at least one person who positively influenced their lives.

Don’t we owe it to our young people to pay it forward?

There are 269 children in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties eagerly awaiting our community to answer the call to become volunteer mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte.

The greatest need is for male and couples mentors.

Speaking from personal experience, you will never have a more fun and rewarding volunteer role, while making a significant impact on a child.

Karen Calder


In response to “CVS drops tobacco from shelves early” (Sept. 4):

CVS decision to end tobacco sales

will help non-smokers like me too

CVS, great move to eliminate a product that harms not only smokers but people who have to breathe their second-hand carcinogens, also constricting blood vessels of those who choose not to participate!

Dave Cabaniss


No ifs, ands or buts, Hagan’s support of Harry Reid should cost her votes

The one and only question we should ask Sen. Kay Hagan before she is re-elected, is will she support Harry Reid to be Senate Majority Leader?

If she answers “yes,” all of us should vote her out of office.

Her answer should have no “ifs, ands or buts.”

G. Wilson Miller


Thom Tillis did himself no favors

with women during initial debate

Well, I see that Thom Tillis hasn’t lost his disdain for women.

It was apparent in the legislation he pushed through while Speaker of the N.C. House and again Wednesday with his insistence on referring to Sen. Kay Hagan as simply “Kay.”

I’m sure treating her and her position with such disrespect earned the “white males who think they are superior to women vote,” but does he really think that will be enough come Election Day?

Sharon Simpson


Fast-food workers demanding raise will put themselves out of work

Fast-food workers demanding a minimum wage increase, what happens if you get it?

I’ll tell you: Half of you will get fired because we can’t have a $7.50 value menu. The other half will still be employed, but your workload will increase big-time.

Don’t like it? Someone else will.

Should the minimum wage be increased? Yes, but sensibly.

So what’s an immediate solution? A fair tax rate. Will that happen? No, because it’d be the right thing to do.

Shawn R. Jackson


State’s failure on Medicaid played out in long lines at free dental clinics

When Gov. Pat McCrory chose not to expand Medicaid, many low-income residents were left without health and dental coverage.

The long lines of people waiting in line to get free dental care is a signal of the state’s failure to address the issue.

The “dental bank” solution may not work because the banks have little incentive to lend to people who may not be able to pay their debts.

Emery Tran