Friday February 6 | Average Joes

February 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 5 Comments

A panel of WFAE listeners joins us to share their thoughts about a variety of topics. We’ll discuss childhood vaccines and maternity leave legislation in the US, the current stimulus package, gas usage and much, much more. Join us to hear what these Charlotte area residents have to say about local, state and national issues.
Guests: Jack Martin, Brenda Stone, Robert McAloon, and Jinny Sullivan

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  1. I’m a native of NC (Mooresville), but have lived in Augsburg, Germany since 1999. I have no worries about health care, but it NOT free and costs high taxes. However, my quality of life is higher here in this less rich-getting-richer etc. society. I’ll retire here.

  2. When we talk about eduction, why do we aways look to hold the school system responsible… Isn’t it the responsibility of parents to ensure that our children learn and grow up to be good citizens and participate in our society?

    Regulate the parents, not the schools, they are just a method to get the education, one of many.

  3. I managed to catch the last half hour, and really wish that there could be a whole hour on the current state of the nation’s health care.

    The nurse (was it Brenda?) hit the nail on the head pointing out that Americans as a whole are sick and unhealthy. If we all made better choices in regards to our lifestyle and diet we’d be healthier, happier and more productive.

    My question is why is it always the position of the hard-right wing that universal health care is “communist”, “won’t work”, and “the end of democracy as we know it”? There are far more examples worldwide of universal health care systems that work than one that doesn’t. The other right-wing arguement is “if you need an MRI you have to wait eight months for it,and by then you’ll be dead”. Well, true, in countries that don’t have as many MRI machines you would have to wait, whereas in the good ol’ USA we have more than enough MRI machines to go around. I for one am tired of hearing about how horrible our health care system is while the general public gets less healthy with declining access to basic care. In this current economic mess this issue has been put on the back burner, which is unfortunate.

  4. How refreshing to have someone other than a physician talk about healthcare!

  5. I was one of the Joe’s today. Maybe I didn’t prepare sufficiently, but none of my 3 specific topics were discussed. I want to thank the other panelists for a good and civil discussion, Mike for excellent moderation and Wendy Herkey for careful preparation. I was well treated and even got free parking. I visited the Mint Museum’s Arts and Crafts Branch just around the corner while I was downtown. A new ceramics exhibit was nearly installed(very interesting). The Levine (location of Monday’s Public Conversation) is right across College Street. Here are the topics I would have introduced had there been sufficient time:

    1. Green-ways, sidewalks, trails and bike paths: So often the places we walk and bike for exercise and recreation go nowhere. We need to completely connect our towns, cities, shopping places, parks and attractions so that all of us have the choice to ambulate to work or wherever we need or want to go. A national calorie based transportation system should be a high priority for reasons of health, energy conservation and lifestyle freedom. (A healthy part of any stimulus package)

    2. A radical response to a new economic reality: The sacredness of private property as suggested in our Constitution and upheld by legal precedent presents an unwelcome hurdle in dealing directly with human need and providing opportunities to earn a living. I call my solution Neo-Abolitionist because it represents a change as welcome and radical as the Emancipation Proclamation. Having said all this I am no enemy of a small scaled capitalist market. (I did say on the air that corporate capitalism is self-mutilating and later that we are facing an economic paradigm shift.)

    3. The counter productive nature of charity and fund raising in the present social vernacular. Why are gimmicks more important than giving and not for profit employees often kingdom builders and gatekeepers? I have posted an example on my Watercooler blogs and can point to the United Way Director controversy. While I admire many United Way features (ex: designation) and other charity models (Habitat) I think it may be time for people of good will to simplify and reform charitable giving. Socioeconomic class and differential power seems to present a problem. (I asserted on the air that neither charity nor progressive taxation are “communism.”)

    I have further related comments at the WFAE Watercooler if you care to check. If you’re interested in blogging and discussing why not join up?


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