Your View: Legislature exhibits fiscal sanity

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 07:25 PM

If I had written The New York Times article it would be headlined: “North Carolina leads nation back to sanity.”
N.C. government leaders are showing the rest of our nation where insanity stops and reality begins. Here it is, folks: They are not spending money we don’t have. They are cutting budgets in places and amounts judged to be least painful. The  people and organizations who have to do with less will need to be more creative as people did during the Great Depression. They may need to plant gardens and raise chickens or develop skills and talents they did not know they had. As happened back then, we may need an agency to send teachers out to show people “how to make do with less” as that art seems to be lost in this nation where people who need anything at all can find an agency to provide  it.
North Carolina has not “bought into the federal program” because  “losing long-term federal benefits” gains for our state the “ability to make independent long-term decisions that may cause us to prosper.” Besides, the talk about paying back $2.5 billion to the Feds is something like taking it out of your right pocket and putting it in your left. Where did the Feds get the money except from those who work and run businesses in the states? Why should we trust them with our money when they have trillions in debt that all of us must pay?
The emotional tone of the Times editorial sounds much like one of my college-educated grandsons who has been brainwashed into believing in the unreality that as long as “plastic” exists there will never be a day of reckoning and we will all live happily in this world as long as we are “nice to people  and generous to those with needs.”
NANCY SKEE
High Point

GOP is correcting Democratic mistakes
I am offended that in Thursday’s paper was published an article from The New York Times that is so demeaning to North Carolina. More than likely the writer was not from North Carolina and was led by some vigilantes that assemble in Raleigh on Mondays.
In the last paragraph of the article its says: “North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness.” I say the present administration has far more concern for the future of this state by attempting to rectify the deficit piled up by the Democratic administration of the last decade.
The constitutional intent for a biennial session was to rectify budget overrides in the short session. Tightening the budget is never easy, but as with our personal finances, sooner or later there will be a reckoning. I applaud our legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory for having the courage to deal with these matters referenced in this article.
CARLOS T. COOPER
High Point

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