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Letters to the editor – Sunday (8-16-09)

Something’s wrong when citizen can’t get care
I’m writing on behalf of my mother, Teresa Russell. She has suffered for more than two years with extreme foot and leg pain. After going to countless doctors and running up enormous medical bills she has finally been diagnosed with Charcot Arthritis. The bones in her legs and feet are fusing together, causing fractures and severe pain. This disease is permanent and disabling; a doctor has declared her disabled. But the state of North Carolina is denying her help. She cannot work, has no income and she needs two major surgeries and medication.
She has been refused Medicaid twice. My question: Why is she being denied help? After appealing, we are still being told no.
People pay taxes all of their lives, pay into Social Security, but we cannot get help. People come into the United States seeking a better life and better opportunities and they are given to them. But a citizen born and raised in this country can receive nothing? Something needs to be done. I could understand if we were just seeking handouts and free money, but we are not. We would just like medical assistance.
My mother can no longer work. with today’s economy there are not many jobs to be had, and most that are available consist of standing on your feet.What do you do when you don’t have the feet and legs to stand on? If anyone knows of a better way to get medical attention or to be provided a job where she does not have to stand for eight hours and provided insurance please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the ones who are worse of than us, who also can receive no help from this wonderful, free country we call the United States of America.
ó Brittany Stossel
Albemarle
A tax on top of a tax
The Democratic majority in the North Carolina Legislature have added a surtax to the state income tax. In reality it is a tax on your tax. How does it work? Normally, if you and your spouse filed a joint return of $100,000 the tax owed to North Carolina would be $6,787.50. But now the state will add a 2 percent tax to the amount owed. But wait, it gets even better. Let’s assume that you also own a “C” corporation in North Carolina. Your corporation also gets to pay a tax on the corporate tax owed. You can well imagine that companies from other states which can bring us jobs are going to flock to North Carolina so they can pay higher taxes. If you and your spouse earn less than $100,000, don’t worry, they didn’t leave you out. You get to pay a higher sales tax.
Don’t you think it’s time for a change in Raleigh? Next year, let’s thank our Democratic members in Raleigh by voting Republican!
ó George S. McClellan
Oak Ridge

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