Prioritize treatment of the elderly
In their recent survey, 60 NC “Influencers” noted many urgent issues North Carolina needs to work on. However, the treatment of the elderly was not among them.
The way a country treats its elderly speaks volumes about that country.
A March 2018 AARP bulletin had a U.S. map that showed the percentage of nursing home beds in highly-rated facilities. In Texas and North Carolina only 28 percent of the beds are in highly-rated facilities!
Only Louisiana and West Virginia ranked lower.
We should be ashamed of ourselves and get serious about getting our nursing homes better qualified to care for those who raised us, wiped our tears, taught us everything we know, and protected us day and night.
Janet Spain, Cornelius
Liberal hypocrisy in selective outrage
In response to “Why a small-town restaurateur asked White House aide to leave” (June 24):
Just read that the president’s press secretary was asked to leave a restaurant because she supported and furthered Trump’s immigration policy. Is there any doubt in your mind that if a conservative restaurant owner asked Nancy Pelosi or Elizabeth Warren to leave a restaurant the media would be calling for lawsuits and screaming about violations of civil rights?
Rick Poe, Charlotte
Republicans don’t stand up for me
In response to “Liberals have duped so many minorities” (June 25 Forum):
As a 47-year-old gay man I can assure you I haven’t been “duped.” I have seen gay and lesbian rights move from fear of being locked up amid the AIDS crisis in the ’80s to now where LGBT individuals are allowed to marry and serve openly in the armed forces. These and the incremental steps along the way have never been spearheaded by a Republican politician or party platform. The current Republican platform aims to break apart my family.
Ironically, if I were to just vote with my wallet, I would probably vote Republican. I realize though that money won’t comfort me if I’m unable to marry, or worse, in jail for simply being who I am. It’s you who has been duped into thinking that Republicans stand for all Americans.
I appreciate journalistic integrity
The June 19 Our View editorial, “A cruel Trump. A cowed Congress,” was outstanding.
Thank you for demonstrating backbone, journalistic excellence, and speaking truth to power. We need our regional newspapers, not just the Washington Post, to challenge and expose the deceit, manipulation, and horrors being inflicted upon us and our neighbors by the current administration in Washington.
Terrie Lutterloh, Hickory
President Trump’s words could incite
In response to “Deport those who ‘invade’ without trial, Trump urges” (June 25):
President Trump called those entering the country from Mexico “invaders” who should be sent back without the benefit of legal due process.
I find remarks like this from the chief executive of the United States especially troubling not for their heartless idiocy alone, but more for the possible effect they could have on the susceptible, i.e. racists and bigots, who may choose to see them as license to serve up their own brand of rough justice on all those they don’t believe belong here.
I fear we may be nearing some kind of violent tipping point in these matters, fueled in no small part by such provocative rhetoric as this. Words matter.
Joe Elliott, Asheville
Thanks to Queen City Honor Flight
As a combat veteran from Vietnam, I had the time of my life recently after the Queen City Honor Flight organizers and staff invited me on a flight.
Returning home from an unpopular war 50 years ago, many soldiers were shunned at best, called baby-killers, spit on, and mocked. The Honor Flight to D.C. gave me more love, respect and honor than I’ve had since returning home.
Organizers had a chartered flight, food, escorts, wheelchairs, and many hundreds at each airport to greet us, as well as firetruck water cannon salutes. No one could have been more caring than our flight leader, Stephanie Bradley, and my escort, Beth Trotter.
James D. Johnson,