Letters to the editor

Feb. 25, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

McCrory’s approach short-sighted

What is Gov. Pat McCrory thinking?

Does he really think that his refusal to accept federal funding to expand the state’s Medicaid program will contribute to long-term economic well-being in North Carolina?

States that refuse this funding will lose millions of direct and indirect dollars. Most governors, even those like Florida’s Rick Scott and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, vehement in their original opposition to Medicaid expansion, have reversed their thinking. “Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars,” said Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Republican governor.

Medicaid is a program that provides affordable health care to the neediest of our citizens. Without it, many more North Carolinians would become homeless as they fall behind in housing payments, lose their jobs due to medically related absence and require more costly emergency and chronic care.

Gov. McCrory's approach to our State’s budget problems is short-sighted. For long-term economic growth, North Carolina needs to dial back its bid for Pentagon dollars and accept health care dollars in recognition of our commitment to “provide for the general welfare.” Only a healthy, well-educated, and gainfully employed population can help to grow our economy.

Vicki Ryder

Durham

Broken government

We are told daily, the government is broken.

We can’t afford Social Security, we have to change Medicare or freeze federal employees’ salaries. But while everyone else has to bite the bullet, the congressmen are immune.

First, aren’t they government employees? The average congressman’s salary is $174,000 a year. Congress is in session about 109 days a year. If you average the days they work and the salary they make, it comes out to about $1,600 a day.

Now you tell me, who is breaking our government?

Bernie Andrews

Durham

Chicken Little’s report

This just in.

If congressional Republicans continue to oppose tax increases, thus causing sequestration to occur, 25 million orphans will quickly starve to death.  Further, ocean levels will rise several feet a day, eliminating New Jersey and most of North Carolina before the end of the year.  Further, Slippery Rock State will win the college football national championship.

Thank you for your report, Dr. Chicken Little.

Frank Hurley

Chapel Hill