Letters to the Editor

Blatant profiteering in health care must end

Dr. Andrea DeSantis
Dr. Andrea DeSantis

My Rx: End health care profiteering

In response to “Big Pharma just poked the wrong group: Moms” (Sept. 1 Opinion):

As a family physician, I am constantly dealing with the obstacles to care that shifting drug formularies (insurance companies’ preferred medications lists) and escalating drug prices cause.

Very reasonably priced medications that have been around for decades are being repatented for no other reason than profit.

The Epinephrine pen is just one example. Add to that asthma inhalers, antibiotics, and gout medications to name a few.

We need to change the national dialogue around health care reform.

Despite having some of the worst health outcomes in the world, we pay many times more for medications, medical equipment and care.

Andrea DeSantis, Charlotte

Execution is right penalty for Roof

In response to “Another reason not to execute Dylann Roof” (Aug. 31 Forum):

Dylann Roof deserves the death penalty! He committed a hate crime against nine innocent people who befriended him.

Punishment should be carried out as soon as possible.

Jane Whitley, Huntersville

Burr serves donors over constituents

In response to “How soon is too soon for ex-lawmakers to turn into lobbyists?” (Aug. 30):

Sen. Richard Burr had personal investments in natural gas while he advocated for legislation that would help his portfolio.

His office dismissed this by saying the bill didn’t become law.

Apparently, intent doesn’t matter and a thief who fails in his attempt to rob a bank should get off scot-free.

Burr also voted against legislation to ban insider trading by members of Congress.

Then, there’s the Burr plan to privatize Medicare, which would cost seniors while enriching an insurance industry that invested over $1 million in his campaigns.

Sounds like this is the tip of the iceberg for a politician who’s accustomed to serving himself and his corporate campaign donors instead of North Carolinians.

Lee Kaplan, Charlotte

Drones are intrusive; set strict FAA rules

In response to “600,000 commercial drones expected in a year” (Aug. 30):

The safety rules developed by the FAA for commercial drone operation are clearly needed.

Recently at the N.C. coast I witnessed a drone hovering over the beach. It was not evident who was operating it or why. I found it very intrusive and disturbing.

It was not difficult to imagine people in the Middle East being fearful of the weaponized drones they can hear but not see.

I was reminded of the Pakistani boy testifying that once he enjoyed sunny days, but now is thankful for clouds that diminish the terror of a drone attack.

Joe Burton, Raleigh

We all share blame for QB’s antics

Put aside whether Colin Kaepernick’s sitting for the national anthem is right or wrong. It is our fault that we know or care.

We created the giant unmerited stage for him, as we do for so many athletes.

Far too many pro athletes forget they are simply highly-paid entertainers, nothing more.

But we built these athletes unearned stages on subjects they may know next to nothing about. Bad construction job – by us.

Bob Lilien, Charlotte

Trump’s wall needed to keep drugs out

I have yet to hear from those on the left why they oppose a Trump wall on the Mexican border to help increase security.

We have truckloads of illegal drugs coming into this country causing the ruination of families and the deaths of thousands each year.

We have drug dealers and gang members coming over to sell those drugs.

Please tell me why it would be bad to try to keep these people out of the country.

Dick Meyer, Charlotte

Progress? Yes, but we have far to go

In response to “Kaepernick sees failure; I see progress” (Sept. 1 Forum):

Forum writer Mike Van Glish talks about the racial progress that has been made in this country since the 1950s. And we have made progress.

But one has only to observe a Donald Trump rally to see how far we still have to go.

Donna Hatfield, Cornelius