Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Don’t put more obstacles in way of economic recovery” (Sept. 18 Forum):

Pittenger’s real aim is to divide public, not to solve problems

Rep. Robert Pittenger’s dramatic appeal to save struggling industry from over-regulation is just another misguided attempt to put profits above people at every possible occasion.

If being able to fire an LGBT employee, simply due to their sexual orientation, will make a business more money or help an industry create new jobs, then ask yourself if that extra profit is worth the cost to our fellow citizens and society.

Pittenger is part of the problem, not the solution.

Doug Wynne


Seems gay community wants special consideration

Can the gay community give some examples of gays being fired from their jobs just because they’re gay?

I doubt that they can come up with any examples at all.

It seems that the gay community wants to be considered a special group, as opposed to just being like every one else.

Dick Meyer


Tillis’ latest birth control plan will shrink access, hurt women

When health insurance doesn’t cover birth control, and women have to pay out of pocket as Thom Tillis is now advocating, it won’t expand access to birth control but will shrink it.

His proposal for over-the-counter availability would set women and families back economically. Women have saved $483 million in the last year alone, thanks to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act, which Tillis wants to overturn.

Tillis’ proposal is an empty gesture. In fact, he has been leading efforts to deny N.C. women and families expanded health care and access to birth control. That is what makes his latest gesture especially insulting to women.

Betty Chafin Rash


In response to “Envelopes in Marriott hotels invite tips for maids” (Sept. 16):

Marriott passing off its responsibility to hotel guests

Providing a clean, well-stocked room is not a personal service; it is an obligation of the hotel.

If that obligation isn’t fulfilled, I don’t blame the staff; I stay at a different hotel next time.

Marriott is seeking rather transparently to shift to its “guests” obligations that should be borne by the employer. Don’t let ‘em get away with it.

Doug Burns


In response to “Dementia makes picking a nursing home harder” (Sept. 8 CharlotteObserver.com):

Nursing homes aren’t the

only option for dementia care

The writer is CEO of The Ivey.

Jane Brody concludes that “more expensive is not necessarily better” in dementia care. But she neglects to mention alternatives that combine affordability, quality, wellness and independence.

Daytime care from The Ivey and other centers in Mecklenburg County is far more cost-effective than nursing homes. The National Adult Day Services Association says the average cost per person for adult day services is $16,900 annually – vs. $77,380 for nursing homes – while also providing the professionalism, life enrichment, healing socialization, and family engagement not possible with home care alone.

The days of nursing homes being the default answer are over. Whenever possible, our loved ones deserve a safe, nurturing sanctuary during the day and the comfort of family and home at night.

Lynn Ivey


In response to “Trees for tomorrow, markers of our lives” (Sept. 13):

When praising Grahams, mistake to omit my mother

Billy Graham’s parents raised four children, not three.

Through the decades I’ve grown accustomed to reporters and columnists overlooking my mother, Catherine, when writing about her siblings, all of whom were more in the media spotlight.

But when the subject is how my grandparents, Frank and Morrow Graham, left a legacy for their children, passed their faith to their children, and taught them to live milestone lives, it’s wrong to omit Catherine.

She and my father Sam lived their entire lives in Charlotte, lives centered on faithfulness, family, friends, service and love, and they passed on every bit of that fruitful legacy to their own children and grandchildren.

Cathie McElroy Bowers


Editor’s note: Contacted this week, Leighton Ford said he inadvertently left out Catherine. “The Grahams raised four very special children – and all four deserved to be recognized!”