Letters to the Editor, Dec. 30

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 02:11 PM

Subsidizing others’ healthcare costs

As we approach the end of 2013, it is apparent from news reports that our governor has caused more then 500,000 families to lose their Medicaid benefits while an additional 70,000 North Carolina citizens will lose their unemployment insurance this week.

Gov. Pat McCrory's refusal to accept federal funds for Medicaid benefits, which would cover 100 percent of North Carolina's costs for the first three years and not less then 90 percent for future years has created extreme difficulties for the North Carolina healthcare system.  Hospitals in smaller counties have had to close with the loss of federal funds and more then 500 heathcare employees have lost their jobs as a result, with more to come. Emergency rooms are flooded with those who have lost Medicaid coverage.

Did you know that North Carolina taxpayers are subsidizing the heathcare costs of the states that have accepted the Medicaid benefits McCrory turned down?

More bad news: Most middle class families are going to have to pay more taxes to the State in 2014 as a result of our Republican friends in the legislature.

Allan Lang

Durham

Thinking lottery “out of the box”

Although from time to time, I succumb to the temptation of purchasing a scratch-off or two, I don’t really play the lottery.  One reason being, I have a great understanding of mathematics, and the laws of probability.  Which leads me to one of my “out of the box” ideas.

Instead of having one huge winner whose life is often destroyed by such enormous amount of money, why not give 1,000 people, $1,000,000.00?  The larger the sum, the larger the number of people.  Bet that would increase sales tremendously, as well as become a bit more practical, if gambling can be deemed practical.

Anyway, it’s just a thought.

John Mayo

Creedmoor