I’d take Kimmel’s plan over GOP’s
The new GOP health care plan is named for Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, which is ranked the 45th worst state for health care.
It’s also named for Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who has the distinction of being from the absolute dead-last, worst state in the nation for health care.
Seriously, the GOP named this plan for senators from states known for their terrible health care?
Good grief, can we please have a Jimmy Kimmel bill? He seems to have a heart and some sense!
Emily Paterson, Weddington
Adjust health care plan, don’t ditch it
Sen. Lindsey Graham calls the Affordable Care Act a socialist program. Then what exactly does he call the health care program for all his other elected friends?
Americans, wake up and smell the stench. It’s coming from Washington, D.C.
No plan is perfect, but it is better to take an existing and working model and adjust it. It does not need to be replaced, nor repealed – just adjust it.
T. Lee Keene, Charlotte
Give Congress a taste of its own medicine
If we taxpayers provided members of Congress with only the lowest tier of healthcare coverage available to individuals, and only for as long as they serve in Congress, I suspect we’d see some creative solutions that appeal to the majority of Americans.
Jay Beller, Waxhaw
Address challenges, but support CMPD
The print space the Observer is dedicating to challenges within our community is well deserved. Charlotte has many issues to solve and open and honest communication is a great start.
However, there is only a convenient link between armed confrontations with police and the real issues facing our community. When citizens attack police or disobey police orders to drop a weapon, the result is predictable and within standard procedures.
While we need to focus on the issues that are dividing our community, we must continue to respect and support our officers who are willing to put their lives at risk for the safety of the public.
Scott Brennan, Charlotte
Enforce the law at abortion protests
Charlotte’s tolerance of abortion protesters harassing people seeking medical treatment is drawing national, bad publicity, revealing this city as a place where enforcement of laws can be optional.
The protests in east Charlotte can charitably be called a zoo, with protesters breaking traffic and noise laws until CMPD rolls up in marked cars with uniformed officers – which restrains the protesters only until police leave.
How hard would it be to send an unmarked car with someone in plainclothes? Enforce the law, Charlotte!
Peter Noris, Charlotte
Is nuclear war what Americans want? No.
Our president may like war, but are the American people ready for nuclear war? Do they want it?
Are they ready to send their sons and daughters to fight a war without end? Are we ready for bomb shelters, losses to our economy, damage to the environment, relinquishing our role as a world leader? I think not.
Threats rarely solve problems. We threaten, but have not settled, disputes in Iran, Palestine, Yemen and Syria.
Threats and force will not improve our relations with Russia, China or North Korea. Is nuclear war in any form really what we need? No.
Hunter Garbee, Charlotte
I favor a moment of silence over prayer
In response to “Why remove prayer from City Council?” (Sept. 21 Forum):
While this idea is not new and it’s used in other venues, why not just have a moment of silence? You may pray in your own way in accordance with your individual religious beliefs – or not. No one is left out, no one is offended.
Those in opposition to this are pushing their religious agenda. No other major religions in the U.S. push for prayers in government settings, other than Christians.
Steve Rubin, Charlotte
Carbon tax would kill, not create, jobs
In response to “An idea to address climate change,” (Sept. 21 Forum):
Carbon is only one of hundreds of factors that can impact temperature, so it isn’t the control knob this Forum writer contends.
The true goal of climate change alarmists is a “complete transformation” of the world economy, as UN climate chief Christiana Figueres admitted in 2012.
Plus, a wealth redistribution carbon tax would kill jobs, not create them, and ensure that much of the world’s poor remain that way.
Keith T. Brittain, Pineville