Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Blue Cross: Renewal rates were incorrect” (Oct. 31):

Blue Cross expects me to believe that explanation? I want more details.

There is zero probability that the rate increase mistakes were just “good old classic human error,” as their spokesman so audaciously put it.

The rates applied to more than 42,000 individual policies and were all unique. It wasn’t like they were all off by the same percentage.

Even if we take Blue Cross at face value on this being a mistake, could someone explain exactly how it could happen? I don’t mean why, or by whom, but how. What would have to be done to do it? I’m baffled by it.

And a week before the election. Isn’t that the darnedest thing!

Paul R. Talbot


Stop renting out athletes and get out of the TV entertainment business

All the discussions about whether college athletes should be paid seem to ignore a better alternative, which is for colleges to get out of the entertainment business.

Renting sports teams to TV broadcasters is really no more legitimate a college function than it would be for them to rent out students as actors, musicians, or pole dancers.

While it may be reasonable to broadcast bowl games and tournaments, perhaps the NCAA should consider banning the broadcasting of all regular-season games.

Rufus Getzen


Innovative solutions like tolls are needed to solve transportation issues

The writer is chair of the N.C. Board of Transportation.

Recent legislation included bonus funding allocations for areas embracing innovative funding – like tolls – as a way to achieve a greater number of transportation solutions.

They did so, in part, because federal, state and local studies by citizen-led groups identified tolling as a critical way to address congestion and manage capacity.

Those suggesting elected officials sought to gain a unique benefit for a few don’t understand the breadth of the bipartisan support for the law.

We should support elected officials who have been supportive of the I-77 Express Lanes corridor. They possess the courage, long-term vision and creative solutions that are needed, but sometimes aren’t popular.

Ned Curran


Teens, encourage your parents to vote; they’re determining your future

Teenagers, it’s your time. Voting affects the future – your future – for the next two, four, or even six years.

Ask every adult you know, “Are you going to vote?” Tell them it’s about your future.

On Tuesday look for their little “I Voted” stickers. But you’re not supposed to ask who they voted for. Political correctness; an adult thing.

David R. Schwieman


In response to “Levines donate $13M to UNCC” (Oct. 30):

Levines’ generosity will impact a

wide variety of UNCC’s best students

The writer is executive director of UNCC’s Honors College.

The Honors College at UNC Charlotte appreciates what Sandra and Leon Levine’s generosity has meant for honors education at the university.

The Levine Scholars Program has enriched honors programs on our campus ranging from Arts + Architecture Honors, to Business Honors, University Honors, and departmental honors.

Students in these programs, the faculty who work with them and Honors College staff will be proud to join the Levine Scholars students and staff in calling Levine Hall our home.

Malin Pereira


In response to “Magistrates have a right to follow their conscience” (Oct. 31 Forum):

Magistrates who won’t marry same-sex couples are cherry-picking

I can only imagine the outcry if some non-Christian magistrate refused to perform his/her public duty based on having cherry picked just one particular segment of an expansive religious doctrine.

Arnie Grieves


Not hard to see why youth distrust police and feel under suspicion

The writer is a criminal defense attorney.

The IRS seizes people’s money with absolutely no criminal charges.

Law enforcement collects people’s cell phone conversations while refusing to even reveal the fact.

Yet President Obama laments that youth distrust of police is epidemic, and that they feel they are under suspicion even when they have done nothing wrong.

Is it really that hard to comprehend?

Brian P. Cook