What you’re saying: Robert G. Harrison, Matthew Slotkin, Dorothy Cookie Teer, Elizabeth Du Bosc, Nancy Gordon, Sherri Zann Rosenthal and James Morgan

To be the shining light

If America is really the shining light on the hill (Ronald Reagan) which I believe it is, and the greatest country on earth, then any rewrite or amendment of the Affordable Care Act needs to ensure (a) no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, (b) coverage that is not subject to caps or special pools, (c) the current ACA minimum coverages, (d) keeping children on a parent’s plan until 26 years old, (e) no lifetime limits, (f) no dropping of people who are really sick.

To do this we need to require that everyone has health care insurance and not cut taxes on the rich. As a society, we are not going to turn people away when they need treatment, regardless of whether they have coverage, so we will all pay. So it makes perfect sense that everyone needs to be paying into the system to the extent that they can.

I am 68 years old and have been paying into Medicare since it became law in 1966. If people have a problem with supporting the greater good, maybe they should move to Russia.

Robert G. Harrison


On the NC Pride conflict

Several readers commented on editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook post on the N.C. Pride parade being scheduled on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar (Herald-Sun, July 4), including:

Matthew Slotkin: Yes, reschedule. I appreciate how the oversight occurs. I also appreciate how the conflict can be resolved.

Dorothy Cookie Teer: I can’t tell you how many committees I’ve been on and the most important schedule is basketball.

Elizabeth Du Bosc: Now that IS a religion around here.

Nancy Gordon: It should be noted that Pride is always on the Jewish Sabbath (Saturday) which has prevented many Jews from participating already but no one expected that it would be changed to Sunday, the Christian Sabbath. This is a failure of the inclusion that Pride organizers champion. Poor choice.

James Morgan: To schedule the Pride event regularly on the date of any important religious festival would be exclusionary and highly problematic. This is a one time occasion. Attendance at a Pride parade is not obligatory for anyone, gay straight or anywhere in between, and sometimes religious observance demands sacrifice of secular celebrations.

Sherri Zann Rosenthal: As someone who has worked hard for equality and often served as a peacekeeper and police liaison for the Pride March, I am really upset that Pride would be scheduled on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews and a day that I spend at the synagogue in fasting and prayer. Feels like a slap in the face.


Please send up to 300 words to letters@heraldsun.com. All submissions, online comments and posts to editor Mark Schultz’s Facebook page may be edited for space and clarity. Thank you.