Triangle might not have to worry about Amazon effects after all | News & Observer

A lot of newspaper space has been spent on how Raleigh and RTP would be a perfect fit for the second Amazon headquarters. Some concern has been expressed regarding the tax dollars spent to attract Amazon to locate locally, as well as other questions such as those regarding infrastructure, housing and transportation.

“Amazon shown 2 sites in Triangle” (5/1) reported that Amazon “was limiting its final choice to states with protections for LGBTQ people, with Amazon officials asking North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ‘pointed questions’ about state policies and HB2, the law that restricted transgender people’s use of public restrooms.”

State Senate leader Phil Berger and state House Speaker Tim Moore did it with HB2 – Raleigh/RTP will never get Amazon HQ2. Berger and Moore saved us from the Amazon problems. And just to be sure that we were not chosen, Berger and Moore could point to other great accomplishments under their leadership which Amazon would find interesting.

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Note that Amazon is providing space for homeless families in Seattle. Berger and Moore can point to the fact that if an individual loses a job, through no fault of his or her own, the unemployed person will receive one of the lowest benefits in 50 states, for the shortest period of time in 50 states.

Amazon particularly requested information about institutions of higher learning and creative programs – Berger and Moore can point to the politicized UNC Board of Governors and the NC school spending, which ranks 40th in the country.

We can thank Berger and Moore for many more such accomplishments which will surely save us from Amazon’s problems of crowds, pollution and housing shortages.

Irving Silberberg


More Medicaid

Regarding “Note to NC: States that expanded Medicaid have no regrets” (May 1): I fully agree North Carolina would greatly benefit from expanding Medicaid. I am a primary care doctor recently moved from an “expansion” state (RI).

I see patients every day struggling with basic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that could with any complication bankrupt them and their family, or forgoing preventative treatment until they get Medicare at which point we scramble to “catch up” on their cancer screenings like mammograms.

Our state is already paying for the cost of these patients when they come to emergency rooms or hospitals that cannot turn them away. The struggles and financial stress to get patients basic care in North Carolina doesn’t exist with Medicaid expansion.

So, would we rather as a state provide treatment for high blood pressure, or treatment and disability for a stroke or heart attack that untreated high blood pressure will cause? Wouldn’t we rather keep our state healthy and working?

Karen Kimel-Scott, MD


‘Bullying techniques’

Regarding “Rosenstein says he won’t be ‘extorted’ amid impeachment threat” (May 1): House conservatives led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows drafted articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein. This tactic is an example of how Meadows and other Republicans are threatening members of the Justice Department using the bullying techniques employed by President Trump.

Why can’t Meadows and other Republicans let Rosenstein and Mueller do their jobs and let the facts speak for themselves? What is most disturbing about this latest assault on our Justice Department is the total disregard for the rules of law and due process.

What are the Republicans afraid of and why are they ignoring the documented facts of Russian interference and recent indictments?

Stephen Berg

Chapel Hill

‘Wake up’

Regarding “School officials weighing gender-neutral dress code” (Apr. 27): I felt compelled to write from a teacher’s perspective. The last thing we need in school are more provocatively dressed students. If anything, Wake County should once and for all implement a mandatory, countywide conservative dress code.

It would save parents a lot of money if their kids had to wear a “uniform” like private schools. Every day, we send home students who come to school in pajamas, low-cut shirts, sagging pants, ripped and torn clothes and too-short shorts. School should not be a showcase for so-called fashion.

We need to send a serious message that prepares students for how to dress in the real world workplace. Please Wake County, wake up.

Elizabeth Olsson


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