Letters to the editor, Nov. 25

Nov. 24, 2013 @ 10:11 PM

Use facts, not ideology

The headline reads “Kinnaird to speak on voter suppression laws” and the article explains the League of Women Voters is hosting a luncheon at the Hibachi Grill so Kinnaird can discuss voter ID requirements and what she considers to be obstacles to voting. 

Kinnaird resigned from the N.C. Senate to help voters “overcome the voter suppression legislation.”  She could have done that while completing her term because the Voter ID law doesn’t go into effect until 2016.

The LWV’s luncheon would have more credibility if other speakers had been invited to participate in the discussion.  Associate Editor Barry Smith of the Carolina Journal wrote an article in the September 2013 issue entitled, “New Election Law Concerns without Merit.”  As Smith notes, election boards from Raleigh to New York wrote about the intolerance shown by the N.C. General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory in passing and signing electoral reforms.  The New York Times wrote about the mean-spirited Republicans but failed to mention that New York State electoral laws are more restrictive than North Carolina’s.  

Jay DeLancy, executive director, Voter Integrity Project of NC, did extensive data analysis “to identify vulnerability in our state’s election laws...and to spur legislative reform.”  In September, DeLancy wrote about the N.C. Board of Election report that “between 2008 and 2012, 475 cases of voter fraud in North Carolina were referred for prosecution.”  

If the LWV wants to educate and inform voters, than they need to present a discussion based on facts rather than ideology.

Evelyn Poole-Kober 

Hillsborough

Health care for all

I am writing in response to the article "Obama struggles to save his cherished health law".
For the past 15 years, U.S. employers have been cutting benefits and raising costs for employee health insurance. Increasingly, employees aren’t offered any coverage at all. With millions of jobs going overseas, U.S. workers are forced to take jobs whether medical coverage is offered or not.  The result is that 50 million Americans now find themselves with sub-par health coverage, or none at all. Without the Affordable Care Act, this scenario will only get worse.

Covered or not, people will get ill and will need medical services. This is inevitable. The young and healthy eventually will need heath care, too.  Hospitals now are required to provide services in emergency situations, and the states, the federal government and those with insurance now pay for those services.  Currently, the only winners are the employers. Starting in 2015, the Affordable Care Act will require larger employers to contribute a more reasonable percentage toward their employee health insurance costs.
Should our tax dollars be spent for health care, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, schools and universities, jobs programs and the maintenance of our infrastructure, or on military adventures, bank bailouts, and piling on our national debt?

I believe we should take care of our people’s needs first. I support paying our teachers and other public workers a living wage, and I support affordable health care for all.

Kurt Becker

Durham