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Letters: Tips must be earned, not expected

Tips must be earned, not expected
This letter is in response to the (Aug. 15) letter from Virginia Clark concerning tipping.
If other waiters at your place of employment feel the same way you do, then you will probably be in the unemployment line soon.
We eat out often. We go out to eat, not to tip. If service and attitude are good, we tip, but if not, then we don’t tip.We are obligated to pay for our food, but we are not obligated to tip. Tipping is a gift to someone who deserves it.
You were not forced to be a waitress, and you knew the pay scale before you were hired. I have a TIP for you. Find another line of work! By the way, who decided that I should tip 15 to 18 percent? What and if I tip are my decisions, not yours!
ó Wayne Fowler
China Grove
Too big to rush
This is in response to “Health-care remedy.” I do believe health care should be more affordable, but you cannot rush a bill through that is 1,000 pages long and lawyers need lawyers to understand it. Nowhere in our Constitution does it say that the government should provide health care for every citizen.
As for the 40 million people who don’t have health care, approximately 15 million are illegals, and around 10 million are young workers that choose not to have it.
Let’s talk about sources. If you truly want better care and not government intervention, then check other sources. The Center for American Progress is a liberal think tank. Several of its staff have been appointed to the Obama administration; George Soros is a major contributor, and the president is a former lobbyist and chief of staff for Bill Clinton.
I have been looking at both sides of the argument. It is sad when older people worry about their care and people accuse them of being manufactured mobs.
I also agree we should hold responsible those who lie to their constituents, so don’t just look at one side ó for example Sheile Jackson Lee, John Murtha and the president himself when he interjected AARP as being behind his plan.
In closing, just a reminder about how the government runs important programs. The U.S. Post Office is broke, Medicare is broke, Social Security is broke or very close.
Let insurance companies compete, and let the people make their choices, not the government. Remember the seniors, because they did a much better job than we did. We do not want to burden our future generations with our lack of drive or commitment.
ó Mark Vall
Kannapolis

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