Loading...
If we lowered the speed limits around all of the schools to the proposed survivable 20 mph maximum, we could then...

State employees, retirees deserve better

Loading…

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was raised by two state employees in a household where the values of selfless service, commitment to the state and others, and hard work were on display each and every day.

I saw those same values exhibited by my teammates during my career in hospitals in North Carolina, where those who work in our hometown hospitals dedicate themselves to caring for their friends and neighbors.

Proposed changes to the State Health Plan pit the State Employees Association and a small number of vocal state employees against others in their communities, threatening our state’s health care infrastructure and safety net, and harming those towns and cities where state employees, teachers and health care workers live, work and nurture their families.

It is time to reform the State Health Plan to ensure it can continue to support our hardworking state employees, but not at the cost of harming the very people our state employees care for and serve.

State legislators have proposed a collaborative process that engages state employees, teachers, retirees, and healthcare professionals to develop a sustainable system that offers pricing and cost transparency to state employees, affordable premiums and employee incentives and virtual health options.

This is a common sense path forward to ensure continued access to quality healthcare not only for state employees and retirees like my parents, but for all North Carolinians.

Steve Lawler

Raleigh

Lawler is president of the North Carolina Healthcare Association and a native of Greenville.

Loading…

Humans of Greenville

@HumansofGville

Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.

Letters

May 21, 2019

I have followed with interest your series on the opioid epidemic with which we are currently struggling. A major concern has to do with access to treatment. The standard of care for persons addicted to opioids is medication assisted treatment, a combination of medication, such as Buprenorphine or…

May 20, 2019

Behold: the father of lies is come. (John 8:44)

The Washington Post just announced that Trump has passed the 10,000 mark of provable lies. I have never seen as dishonest a bunch as every member of this administration.

Just look at Attorney General William Barr. He auditioned for his job by writing…

May 19, 2019

In response to Dr. Cook’s Public Forum submission, I agree with the need for greater price and coverage transparency from medical insurance companies. I do hope that someday soon we achieve that goal.

However, as a gastroenterologist (GI specialist), I was taken aback at your inadvertent…

May 19, 2019

As a physician, I am interested in learning about cost-effective practices. Last year, I attended a conference where the speaker, a physician and chief cancer control officer of the American Cancer Society, spoke about screening tests for colon cancer. He spoke about a non-invasive testing method…

May 18, 2019

I read with great concern, shock and some anger your May 6 article entitled "New ECU leadership faces significant challenges." As an alum and North Carolina taxpayer, I believe ECU deserves better leadership.

Your article indicated ECU has seen a $60-70 million swing in cash flow since 2016 with a…

May 17, 2019

Like most people, I read Bless Your Heart to get a mild chuckle and an occasional feel good story. However, I found the comment in the third to the last entry in Saturday's column to be offensive: "Women who have abortions (with the exception of rape and incest) are women with no morals." In my…

May 17, 2019

In his May 10 letter to the editor about the Muller report, Vic Corey opines that "(W)e are about to expose all the crooked players in our government — the majority being lying, godless Democrats."

While we acknowledge the First Amendment right to express opinions, it seems to me that Mr.…

May 16, 2019

A major problem in our society today seems to be a lack of empathy. That ability and willingness to put ones self in other people's shoes, seems lost and archaic.

What happened to the following sentiments? "Give us your tied, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The…

May 14, 2019

How does an Easter believing people live in a Good Friday world? For some hints we can look to the early Christian communities reported in the Book of Acts. Not one of them advocates appropriating arms or violent tactics.

These early followers of Jesus were a fearless people proclaiming his…

May 12, 2019

Consider running for the Greenville City Council in this year’s election. Or, maybe you know someone who would do a good job on the council. This year’s election, which comes every two years, is Nov. 5. The mayor and all six council seats are on the ballot.

Serving for a decade on the…

149 stories in Letters. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 15
        Next Page»   Last Page»