Letters to the editor

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

Viable alternatives ignored

In stating Republicans "have underlined their cold-hearted indifference" on healthcare reform, Lou Meyers ("Fiscally responsible compromise doubtful," July 28) has correctly identified part of the problem. To this critique, he might have added "irrelevance."
The reader might ask, "Why?" Answer in two parts: 
By standing in Obama's way, Republicans might be relevant, but only to themselves and the supporters of self-serving partisan politics, whereby each side does whatever it takes to both try to bring down the opposition and strengthen support from factions within their own "party."
Looking at it from the point of view of the sick patient, the majority of whom, not well-connected and without advanced degrees netting lucrative incomes -- this including those who struggle to make ends meet, specifically because of partisan politics, and ironically enough, those continually bamboozled to vote for either party and who actually want the Congress to provide the American people with real healthcare reform rather than a handout to the healthcare industry - - by not coming through with an alternative healthcare reform package that actually reforms the healthcare system so prices are realistically affordable for those outside the industry and the not so well-to-do, as an alternative to the nightmare they call "Obamacare," Republicans offer nothing all.
Our national and state leaders can do better than this, via Meyers' suggestions. They just don't care to, for reasons related to how political ads and fund-raising are tied to the healthcare market, none of which does a thing for Mom and Pop.
John Rhodes
Efland

Pope could affirm equality

In answer to the question about the possibility of gay priests, Pope Francis replied, “Who am I to judge?”

I would remind him that he is the Pope of the world’s largest church and has the authority and responsibility to speak the truth with love.  He is in a position to affirm that God has no favorites but cares equally for all people regardless of gender or sexual orientation. 

Yes, Pope Francis, this includes women and gay men.  I am confident that someday the Church will have the courage to welcome any child of God who receives a divine Call to leadership.

Robert Seymour

Chapel Hill