Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

11/18 Letters: Only medical practitioners should decide what a ‘real emergency’ is

Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit” (Nov. 9) highlights a recently implemented policy from America’s second largest insurer, Anthem, which will negatively impact thousands of patients across the United States. This policy may result in patients receiving surprise hospital bills for ER visits the patients themselves believed were imminent emergencies, but which were later classified as “avoidable.” Contrary to the rationale for this policy change, a recent study from the University of California at San Francisco found that only 3.3 percent of emergency department visits can be considered “avoidable.”

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11/16 Letters: Give low-income families options for affordable health care

Regarding “Message from Va. to NC – expand Medicaid” (Nov. 12): The General Assembly has refused Medicaid expansion numerous times without a compelling case to support this inaction. As more families suffer from the effects of being uninsured, the arguments against expansion weaken. North Carolina residents work hard every day and need access to health care now. There are approximately 400,000 people in our state who can’t access affordable health care coverage. Their incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid without the expansion, yet their incomes are also too low to qualify for subsidies in the federal health insurance exchange.

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11/12 Letters: Protect N.C. forests from wood pellet mill

“Cooper should block mill that reduces forests to wood pellets” (Oct. 25) was very informative, revealing and a clear call for action to anyone who cares about our environment, our democracy, our treasured North Carolina forests and a sustainable future for our children. Informing the readers about the adverse impacts that the Enviva wood pellet mill would have both locally and globally is a responsible and greatly appreciated public service.

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11/13 Letters: N.C. should rethink Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Regarding “NC officials reject environmental plan for Atlantic Coast Pipeline” (Oct. 10): The News & Observer has recently covered the process of local energy utilities and the permitting process of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). It is noted in the article that the pipeline has encountered permitting problems, but the energy utilities involved do not see this as a setback to eventually reaching approval by the state government. Particularly, there are problems surrounding erosion and sedimentation control as well as air quality permits for compressors.

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11/10 Letters: SWINE Act is a much-needed solution for hog waste

I applaud the attention to the environmental contamination of hog farm waste and the potential weakening of state regulations governing hog waste disposal given in “Bar too low on hog waste” (Nov. 3). While we should be concerned about any further weakening of industry regulations, we should also be encouraging innovative solutions that could solve this problem once and for all.

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11/9 Letters: GOP tax plan will hurt seniors

Thanks to the GOP/Trump tax plan, many retired senior couples will see our federal income taxes double, triple and quadruple. I ran my 2016 tax return using the rules in the proposed GOP/Trump tax-reduction plan and found it would increase our joint federal income tax by almost 400 percent.

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11/7 Letters: Questions about Robeson school charter takeover

After reading “Robeson school tapped for charter takeover” (Nov. 3) on the Robseon school takeover by a charter company, I am more confused regarding charter schools in North Carolina. At the Oct. 30 Community Voices forum organized by the N&O, the charter school advocates said one big advantage to charter schools is that they are under local control. Now we see that a failing public school is being taken out of local control and handed over to a for-profit firm.

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11/6 Letters: GOP tax plan “unfair, uneven and difficult to understand”

Regarding “The Latest: Trump tweets praise for GOP tax overhaul” (Nov. 2): As a struggling golfer after a difficult round of golf I often grumble “what the golf course giveth, the golf course taketh away.” The Republican tax-reform proposals appears as unfair, uneven and difficult to understand and master as the game of golf. Very few will conquer the course or benefit from the proposed tax code. The party of conservative deficit hawks has appeared to bow to the pressure of getting something done legislatively and rewarding their wealthy donors. One can expect the Republican victors to reward their supporters.

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11/5 Letter: Education commission needs teachers

I read with interest “Panel designed to improve education of NC residents” (Oct. 20) on the new education commission My Future NC chaired by Margaret Spellings, UNC System president. I find it extremely telling that of the 42 listed members of the commission, not one is a K-12 classroom teacher, not one is a K-12 guidance counselor, not one is a K-12 department head and not one is a K-12 administrator. The mission of the commission is a “shared vision” for getting more people better educated. This group falls far short of that mission as the real experts on education who are involved 24/7 in the education of our K-12 public school students are not part of that sharing. Instead it is a collection of people with impressive sounding titles who have not stepped foot in a K-12 classroom except for an open house on back-to-school night for parents or a meet and greet with their child’s teachers.

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11/4 Letters: “Protest where it matters now for human lives”

Regarding “UNC law faculty: Statue ‘sends a message of white supremacy’” (Oct. 28): “Silent Sam” has stood for over 100 years at UNC and was erected to pay respect to the 321 UNC alumni who died in the Civil War. Faculty members of the UNC History Department and now the Law School faculty state that the statue “sends a message of white supremacy that the University should refuse to endorse.”

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11/2 Letters: Mayor candidate Charles Francis defended after EqualityNC revokes endorsement

Regarding “LGBTQ rights group revokes endorsement of Democratic candidate for Raleigh mayor” (Oct. 23): Here are some fast facts about EqualityNC revoking its endorsement of Charles Francis. Francis’ donation to George Holding was based upon Holding’s support for community banking, a form of empowerment-based economics that falls under the umbrella of micro-finance. This was before Amendment One, which Francis couldn’t have foreseen.

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11/1 Letters: Smart NC is a way to challenge denied claims

Thank you for “Program helps residents challenge denied health insurance claims” (Oct. 29) about Smart NC, the state program to help the insured with denied claims. As a practicing orthopedic surgeon for 32 years, I am now on the phone about twice a week, usually with BCBS, to fight for my patients denied surgeries. No, I am not trying to get them a swimming pool.

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