Letters to the Editor

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor 04.10.15

In response to “Planning group rejects carpool lanes for outerbelt” (April 8):

NCDOT, are you listening to yourself?

This article states: “The state also said it was concerned about people merging across several lanes of traffic to reach the carpool lanes at I-77.”

However, this is the exact plan NCDOT has for the I-77 toll project. We will have to merge across several lanes of traffic to get to the toll lanes, then several lanes of traffic to get out of the toll lanes and exit.

Hello NCDOT, did you just hear what you said?

Tricia Marshall


In response to “Forgive past transgressions; Rev. Graham deserves statue” (April 9 Forum):

If we can forgive Rev. Graham, doesn’t Aycock deserve same?

Forum writer W. Randall Lemly suggests that the Rev. Billy Graham be forgiven for his past transgressions and honored with a statue.

Why can’t former Gov. Charles B. Aycock be accorded the same courtesy and his statue be allowed to remain?

William Wortman Jr.


In response to N.C. Opinions: Greensboro “Tarte’s effort can’t match anti-vaxxers” (April 7 Editorial):

I’m no ‘anti-vaxxer,’ I just believe in parental rights

This editorial claimed the “anti-vaxxer movement” defeated Sen. Jeff Tarte’s bill.

I can assure you that many who are speaking out on this issue are not anti-vaccines. We are pro-parental choice.

My own children received almost all of their childhood vaccines on schedule, and I am thankful for their availability.

I do not, however, believe the government has any business making medical decisions for our children. This is an issue best decided by parents and health care providers.

North Carolina already has one of the highest vaccine compliance rates in the nation. The only party I can see truly benefiting from this bill is the pharmaceutical industry.

Margaret Roney


In response to “When the costs, and the risks, are shared” (April 5):

Employers must have skin in game or labor costs will rise

The writer is director of research and measurement for Integrated Benefits Institute, a nonprofit focused on workforce health and productivity.

Ann Doss Helms’ article on the financial risks for enrollees in high-deductible health plans could have gone a step further.

If enrollees with chronic health conditions avoid necessary and beneficial care in order to “save up” for an emergency, they may put themselves at a higher risk for sick day absences or disability leaves from work.

Unless employers carefully consider how to help enrollees understand their benefits and manage their health, some of the healthcare savings from high-deductible plans will be canceled out by higher labor costs and worse business performance.

Brian Gifford

San Francisco

In response to “Berger has it backwards on intolerance” (April 9 Forum):

Intolerance I see comes from gay advocacy groups, their allies

Forum writer Carol Shubkin has it backwards.

With the virulent reactions to the Indiana and Arkansas religious freedom laws – proposed boycotts, death and arson threats against the small town pizzeria in Indiana, etc. – it’s the gay rights groups and their straight allies who have come out in a forceful showing of intolerance against Christians who have different views about gay marriage.

These groups want to squelch all dissent about LGBT issues while violating – and dismissing – the free speech and freedom of religion rights of Christians.

Tom Creech


In response to “How to cut CO2 emissions” (April 2 Viewpoint):

Carbon fees would push allof us to reduce emissions

I wish all the citizens of Earth felt the pressure of global warming and the threat to our children’s future.

The carbon fee and household dividend proposed by Winston-Salem attorney and op-ed columnist Bill Blancato and by Citizens Climate Lobby would make the market – all of us – make the decisions on energy usage, rather than regulators.

Richard Greene