Reader letters Wednesday Sept. 18

Sep 17, 2013

A helping hand

To the editor:

Friday Sept. 13, was not an unlucky day for Waynesville’s Central Elementary School because the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5202 of Waynesville, collected and delivered 131 items of needed school supplies at a value of $220.80.

Items included notebooks, paper, scissors, pencils, crayons, glue and tissues.

Mary M. Bevell


Treasurer of VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5202

Maggie, get your act together

To the editor:

I come a long way to visit you folks and spend hard-earned money in your town.

It’s too bad the Festival Grounds has such power and hold on you people, the  “city leaders,” that its going to destroy something that so many people such as Becky Ramey have worked hard on.

If you guys don’t square it up pretty soon my vacation in 2014 will be to another location, along with the friend we travel with.

Jim Catfish

Theodisia, Missouri

Beware of cost of living chained CPI

To the editor:

A flawed policy initiative called the Chained CPI is gaining steam in Washington budget talks that would shortchange North Carolians who receive federal benefits such as Social Security and federal annuities by lowballing their annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs).

Chained CPI supporters have tried to minimize the consequences it will have on seniors, retired federal employees, and veterans by calling it a “technical adjustment” or “better measure of inflation.”

When you cut through the rhetoric, the truth is that the chained CPI is only an adjustment in that it means smaller COLAs each year.  It hurts every American – particularly our most vulnerable – in a major way that worsens over time.

How would the switch to the chained CPI hurt an American citizen who receives the average $15,000 annual Social Security benefit?  Over 25 years, chained CPI would rob the senior of more than $23,000.  For many federal annuitants who don’t receive Social Security, the impact is even greater.  Over 25 years, the average federal retiree would see a loss of $48.000.

I urge North Carolina”s lawmakers to reject the Chained CPI and provide America’s senior, retired veterans and public servants, and individuals with disabilities the income protection they have earned and deserve.  Contact your Congress between the 16th and 20th of this month.

Jean Jamison


The upside of state Medicaid decision is hard to find

To the editor:

As stated in the recent article, “Oct. 1 looms for health reform:”   “Kerry Hill, DOI spokesperson , said there is an upside and a downside to the fact that N.C. chose not to expand Medicaid.”

I searched and searched in the article for an “upside,” but could not find it.  By refusing Medicaid expansion, the N.C. legislature and governor denied 500,000 people health care coverage.  The federal government would have picked up the total cost for three years and no less than 90 percent of the cost after that.   I doubt that someone making $15,800 or less per year can afford to pay an insurance premium, even with a subsidy.  How can there be an upside to denying someone health care?

Also, Rep. Meadow’s statement that those who need help should go to an agent/broker instead of a navigator makes no sense.  If the agent/broker has time to understand the new law, why wouldn’t the navigator?

I have seen reports that the cost to consumers to purchase insurance through the ACA is coming in less than estimated.  Let’s hope that those referenced who pay $1,000 and $650 with high deductibles will experience some relief.  As to those who complained that the deductible with employer insurance increased because of the ACA, haven’t they seen deductibles increase in past years, before the ACA was introduced?  I did.  This has been a trend for years and years as the cost of health care has risen.

I look forward to a follow-up by you on this subject after we gain some experience with the ACA.

Carole Larivee

White Oak


Thanks for the rescue

To the editor,

I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the angel in kaki who helped us catch our escaped, beloved dog, Kesha, today.

She stopped in the middle of a bad section of Country Club Drive, got out of her car and was able to get Kesha to come close enough to her so I could get her from behind.

I wish I had gotten her name and address so I could send her a more formal thank you! This caring person was truly a Godsend. I hope she sees this and will know how very much we appreciate her.

Also, apologies and thank you to all those in cars backed up, waiting. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Hopefully, we’ve blocked all escape routes, and will be able to keep our wanderer home.

Thanks again to everyone involved.

Char Avrunin




Thanks for article

To the editor:

“Oct. 1 Launch Looms for Health Reform” is a well written article. Thank you.

Much parting of the fog will be needed for the common man to understand what is what. That’s true especially with the tea-party/faux-driven propaganda flooding the airwaves.

Charles Zimmerman



Check right web site for health care reform details

To the editor:

Do you suppose you could have gotten the explanation of the new health care law any more inaccurately?

Your numbers are not based on fact and your right wing bias is blatant.

Why not actually help people find the answers right at the source, i.e. Affordable Healthcare

Sally Mollette


Comments (1)
Posted by: Bruce and Carole Larivee | Sep 18, 2013 08:33

Information on the ACA can be found at web site  This will also be the web site used to enroll in insurance plans Oct 1.

Carole Larivee

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