Like teachers, N.C. courts need a boost
In response to “Senate plan would extend tax on services” (June 2) and related articles:
The judicial system is the vehicle through which the rule of law is delivered in our civilized society.
Unfortunately, there are few advocates on its behalf resulting in a long history of benign neglect.
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The proposed N.C. Senate budget continues this pattern by prioritizing salary increases for teachers over court system and other state employees.
No one disputes the need for appropriately compensating teachers to attract and retain the very best.
Shouldn’t we want the same when it comes to those who protect our safety and freedoms?
Nishi Patel, Charlotte
Uptown needs a big, prominent park
Civic leaders will be making a big mistake cutting 5-acre Marshall Park down to 1.5 acres.
It will virtually eliminate one of the best places for the citizens of Charlotte and visitors from around the world to view and enjoy our skyline.
The great cities of this country retain parks with wide open spaces for people to view and enjoy their skylines. Examples include Central Park in New York, Lincoln and Grant Parks in Chicago, and the Commons in Boston.
People here deserve more than aerial shots of our skyline or backdrops on the 11 o’clock news.
Robert Bischoff, Charlotte
Trump’s comments about vets disturbing
So according to Donald Trump, he only respects the veterans who didn’t get captured?
I listened to him repeating those words quite a bit on the radio in recent days.
I guess that also includes the veterans who died in the line of fire to preserve our way of life.
Harsh words from someone who managed to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War.
This man is not qualified in any way to be our president.
Karin Kemp, Matthews
Trump deserves support of all in GOP
In response to “Trump must think before he speaks” (June 3 Opinion):
Donald Trump is a counter puncher and comes back with a vengeance, even if it is a fellow Republican attacking him. I don’t blame him, I commend him.
We Republicans must give our nominee 100 percent support or we will lose our country as we have known it.
This message is for Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes and the other so-called Republicans who can’t seem to get behind the candidate who got the most votes.
Dickie Benzie, Charlotte
I give thanks for Charlotte’s art, music
A vibrant orchestra reflects a vibrant city.
We have that in our wonderful Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. I recently attended the Charlotte Symphony Chamber Singers concert under Conductor Kenney Potter.
Diversity personified, yet each voice blending in perfect union – truly music for the soul.
I give thanks for our city’s art and music and its power to become our soul. Might we reflect them.
Chris Teat, Charlotte
A positive step in Medicaid reform
The writer is president of Community Care of North Carolina.
Our state recently submitted a Medicaid waiver to the federal government. We salute DHHS Secretary Rick Brajer and his team for inclusiveness in developing the waiver and recognizing the value of preserving N.C.’s primary care system and infrastructure.
At the end of the day, Medicaid reform must be about caring for patients and supporting the healthcare professionals who treat them across our great state.
That has been, and will continue to be, the mission of Community Care of North Carolina. CCNC will continue to work closely with N.C.’s healthcare professionals who help CCNC enrollees get the care they need.
We want the 1.5 million Medicaid recipients we serve to have uninterrupted access to affordable, high quality healthcare.
Dr. Allen Dobson Jr., Mount Pleasant. N.C.
Those robocalls are costing you my vote
Robert Pittenger’s campaign left seven long robocall messages in five days on my voicemail!
My wife and I were going to vote for him because we are Republicans, but not anymore. We do not vote for shallow-brained politicians who think people will listen to their long robocall speech and vote for them.
He not only lost our two votes, but his opponent now gets our vote.
Remember all robocallers, you may get 10 votes by compelling and harassing people, but you are going to lose 100 votes of intelligent people.
Jaysukh Ranparia, Charlotte