Life is complicated
This is in response to the comments under “Sam suggestion” in the Nov. 4 issue (CHN nando.com/2qh).
It’s impossible to understand why opponents of the “Silent Sam” monument cannot see it for what it is – a monument to the Confederate dead. Americans, since the American Revolution, have mourned, honored and built monuments to their dead; why should Southern friends and family members of the dead feel, act and do otherwise? Anyone who asks them to stop or deny this ritual has little understanding, or sympathy, for the human heart.
As for the comment that erecting monuments “ushered in ... thousands of lynchings ...”, that is hardly true. By the time Sam was erected lynchings in North Carolina had been declining for more than a decade, spurred by anti-lynching policies of the often demonized Gov. Aycock.
Like all important things in life, history and human motives can be complicated. I suggest Sam’s opponents study history and look into the human heart, instead of jumping on mindless bandwagons.
Steven Wade Chapel Hill
Time running out
While I am disappointed in the results, looking at how Chapel Hill could be worse off, I certainly don’t want to see what is happening to state politics.
At least in Chapel Hill, we have the luxury to quibble over smaller details over which approach makes good development. Those who got in, by way of big signs and big effort, mean well by the environment, even though they do not yet understand that a low-carbon, more sustainable plan requires more energy-efficient, higher-density, mixed-use patterns.
We don’t have the time that CHALT thinks we have to make a change-over to a different infrastructure. The resources to make this change will not be there in the near future.
I hope the new council will come to respect the town’s professional staff, their education, and heed their advice. After all, they have spent much more time studying development issues than those who are representing CHALT have.
All over the country, these development discussions about reducing sprawl are taking place. They are mostly trending towards smart growth and new urban patterns. Just as the GOP is just beginning to discover, you can’t ignore science and get away with it for too long, even if you are pouring billions annually in trying to delay carbon pricing. Chapel Hill can clearly not proceed with all of this impermeable surface from parking lots, wide roads, and wide roofs on single-story buildings with the increase in stormwater potential.
Many cities are planning for a future without the private automobile employing alternative transportation systems. Chapel Hill, even though they currently have a bus system servicing the UNC campus, will not be ready for this future if we continue to emphasize slow, single-family, sprawling development.
I hope those representing CHALT change their minds about changing away from suburban sprawl patterns to higher-density ones, for the sake of humanity, the planet, and all those animals and plants who share a more temperate world.
Sarah K. McIntee
When will some creative North Carolina potters come up with begging bowls for state employees who don’t get the big buck raises – or any raises – yet continue to keep the schools and universities and services working for the benefit of the whole state?
I will hold comments about the state’s awful concern for their retirees.
Meat and cancer
Thank you to the World Health Organization for having the courage to speak truth to power: meat, like cigarettes and asbestos, does cause cancer! No U.S. health agency would ever say this for fear of losing Congressional funding.
The World Cancer Research Fund and a number of other international health agencies have been advising for years that meat consumption raises the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, but the WHO panel was actually able to determine a causal effect.
The 630-page report was drafted by a panel of 22 experts from 10 countries who reviewed 800 studies of the link between meat and cancer. These included animal experiments, studies of human diet and health, and research into cellular processes that cause cancer.
The panel’s conclusions evoked strong responses, with obvious resistance from the meat industry and calls for warning labels, akin to those mandated for cigarettes, from environmental groups.
Cancer of the colon is expected to kill nearly 50,000 Americans this year, mostly through a self-inflicted diet. Fortunately, annual per capita U.S. meat consumption has dropped by 15 percent from a high of 121 pounds in 2002, as consumers switch to healthier, more convenient, and tastier plant-based alternatives.
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