Reader letters, Jan. 16
To the editor:
I would like to thank you for standing of your beliefs.
Tend to your own business
To the editor:
A few pointers about good manners for “those people.”
If you see something that offends you, don’t run to the government asking for a law against it. If you see something that offends you, look away and mind your own business.
If you don’t believe in wearing fur, don’t throw blood on those who do wear fur. If you don’t believe in wearing fur, don’t wear fur. That is your business, but mind your own business. Whether somebody else wears fur is not your business.
If you don’t believe in drilling for oil, don’t burn automobile dealerships. If you don’t believe in drilling for oil, don’t use oil or gas or plastic. That is your business, but mind your own business. Whether somebody else uses oil is not your business.
If religion offends you, don’t run to the government asking for a ban on placing manger-scenes on the courthouse lawn. If religion offends you, don’t participate, but be happy for those who derive joy from religion. You could even attend their services without believing in the supernatural; many do, and it would be good for you. That is your business, but mind your own business. Whether somebody else believes in religion is not your business.
If you don’t believe in hunting, don’t run to the government asking for a ban on hunting. If you don’t believe in hunting, don’t hunt. That is your business, but mind your own business. Whether somebody else hunts is not your business.
If you believe that the Confederate battle flag stands for slavery and oppression and hate crimes, don’t display it. If I thought it stood for slavery and oppression and hate crimes, I wouldn’t display it, but I know that it stands for limited government and conservative social principles and, most of all, the heroism of Confederate soldiers. So I do display it. If the Confederate battle flag offends you, don’t display it. That is your business, but mind your own business. Whether somebody else displays the Confederate battle flag is not your business.
Support Medicaid expansion
To the editor:
North Carolina’s new Republican governor, Pat McCrory, and the Republican-controlled legislature will be deciding soon whether to expand the Medicaid program for those earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, $14,856 this year. Under Obamacare, the federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost for three years, then slowly taper down to fund 90 percent of the cost by 2022 and later. The federal government will never pay less than 90 percent of the costs for Medicaid. This is a real deal for any state which gives a hoot about the welfare of its citizens.
The Medicaid expansion would help our financially strapped rural hospitals. Poor and uninsured citizens cannot pay for preventative care and end up in emergency departments as a last resort when they become really sick, creating a burden of uncompensated care for hospitals and driving up the cost of hospital care the rest of us.
The Medicaid expansion would most certainly save lives and improve the quality of life for those covered. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health estimates a reduction in death of 6.1 percent because of expanded access to care. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Please contact Governor McCrory (firstname.lastname@example.org), State Sen. Jim Davis (Jim.Davis@ncleg.net), and State Reps. Joe Sam Queen (Joe.Queen@ncleg.net) and Michele Presnell (Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net) and urge them to do the right thing and support the Medicaid expansion. There is no fiscal or moral justification for turning it down.
Thoughts on gun control
To the editor:
Like the majority of gun control advocates, I support the second amendment. I own guns and have been trained how to use them.
I do not need an assault rifle with a magazine that holds 30 or more rounds to rabbit or deer hunt. If I cannot hit my target with only a few rounds, then I suppose I need more practice.
I, like the majority of Americans, believe there is no one answer to help reduce mass killings. I believe assault rifles and magazines holding over 10 rounds should be banned. Thorough background checks are a must for all gun sales. Gun training should be mandatory. More should be spent for mental health.
Where should that additional funding come from? Smokers pay a federal tax of over one dollar per pack which is used for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Tanning businesses now pay a 10 percent tax which is used to help fund healthcare. Therefore a federal tax should be applied for gun and ammo purchases to help fund mental health.
Whatever is finally decided by Congress must be supported by the voters, not special interest groups, i.e. NRA, gun manufacturers, etc.