Letters to the Editor

Taxes should pay for EMT services

Why don’t taxes pay for EMTs?

Mario Putzrath
Mario Putzrath

I had the misfortune to have to call 911 for a medical emergency. Within minutes, ambulance, a fire engine (24) and three police cars were at my door. Excellent, wonderful service. Extremely professional. Fire Department EMTs really know what they are doing. I was transported from the Ballantyne area to Novant Matthews. Fortunately, a false alarm, and I am alive and well.

Now for the bad news: I got a bill for $1,250.30. I find this outrageous. Shouldn’t my taxes take care of this? After all, taxes pay for K-12 education; unlimited library, parks and lakes use, etc.

Mario Putzrath, Charlotte

City Council has a double standard

In response to “Most on council backed RNC for months” (July 24):

The biased attitude of some City Council members, especially at-large members, is not acceptable since members are to represent all citizens.

Had remarks by Republicans been made opposing the 2012 DNC Democrats, LaWana Mayfield and Justin Harlow would have voiced racial injustice and warned of demonstrations and riots. Labeling President Trump a white supremacist and comparing citizens who support him to the KKK is racist in itself and indicates a double standard held by many liberals.

Frank Harrington, Charlotte

Charlotteans, be good RNC 2020 hosts

In response to “RNC 2020 is already a good thing for Charlotte” (July 20):

Thank you, Mark Washburn, for your balanced and thoughtful column. Our city’s expansion, due primarily to business growth, job opportunities, and support of diversity, has put us in a positive spotlight nationwide.

It is refreshing to read a tempered assessment of the recent activities leading to our hosting the RNC convention. We can take pride in our efforts in 2012 that made the Democratic convention a success.

Going forward, it’s incumbent upon all Charlotteans to help convention attendees feel welcome and safe. It should be another jewel in the Queen City’s crown and serve as an example for other cities to follow with civility and sound planning.

Lynn Adams, Charlotte

The DMV is open on Saturdays, too

In response to “Who does NC voter ID target? My mother” (July 24 For the Record):

It should be noted in your recent For The Record opinion article, by Sydney Roberts, that the DMV is open on Saturdays. They also take appointments. Recently, a family member was able to have an ID processed, on a Saturday morning, in less than thirty minutes.

Tony Hinkel, Charlotte

I support investing in elderly care

In response to “We need to protect NC's growing senior population” (July 19 For the Record), and “Spend more to protect NC's elderly” (July 23 Forum):

Scott Stone’s column really hit home to me as did the response by Donald Boyd. My mother has also resided at an assisted living facility in North Carolina since 2010. Each year the cost goes up, and if she has any additional medical issues, the costs greatly increase. It is a constant worry how long her limited money will last.

Another big concern is the low pay for the CNAs and Med Techs who work there. Turnover is a constant problem in these facilities. Residents are put at risk.

I agree with Mr. Boyd; our state legislators need to address this issue now to protect all elderly residents in these facilities. So many of our issues in this state and country could be solved by paying workers a decent living wage.

Linda Orlich, Mooresville

A cyclist’s take on the Booty Loop

In response to “Is Booty Loop 'the most dangerous 3 miles to ride a bike in Charlotte'?” (July 22):

Valid points were made in the article. It is important to help motorists understand why the loop appeals to cyclists. The loop is convenient and when traffic volumes are low they can cycle at high speed on varied terrain without stopping and deal only with right turns on wide roads with relatively slow automobile traffic.

I have been riding the loop since 1979 and have experienced the effects of increased traffic. Cyclists should ride with lights and mirrors. Lights so drivers can see cyclists and mirrors so cyclists can see what is coming from behind and react appropriately.

New urban cyclists should enroll in Cycling Savvy before they ride city streets.

Larry Vitez, Charlotte

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