‘Freedom of science?’
Regarding the letter to the editor “Atheistic world view” (June 10): Thankfully, here in the United States one has the right to freedom of religion; however, in spite of some current efforts to the contrary, there is really no such thing as “freedom of science.”
It’s beyond disingenuous to avail oneself of the benefits of modern science – clean water, synthetic fibers, automobiles, flight, pharmaceuticals, the internet, etc. – while simultaneously identifying it as an “atheist” plot.
The Bible was written over 2,000 years ago. With the superb moral lessons it furnishes, it provides a fantastic framework for Christianity.
However, if one desires to interpret the Bible literally, wouldn’t slavery, subjugation of women, plural marriage and human sacrifice all be part of it as well?
Regarding “Plant-based drinks can’t be labeled ‘milk’ under farm bill” (June 7): How dumb does Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler think we are? He would have us believe that the provision is meant to protect consumers who otherwise would be misled by the product’s labeling.
No one who has ever looked at a carton of soy milk could be confused as to its contents. The cartons are prominently labeled as “dairy free” and “vegan” because that is the primary reason people buy them. The real purpose of the bill’s milk-label provision is clear – to reduce competition for the dairy industry.
If the dairy industry is suffering because consumers prefer the taste, cost, health impact, environmental impact or animal-welfare impact of plant-based milks, that’s called progress. Our politicians should not use the state’s powers to favor one business over another.
You’ve just turned 18 years old and life is great, right? Not if you have a cleft lip and/or palate. Our great state did not expand Medicaid, and the kids who have had continuous care from birth at the University of North Carolina Craniofacial Center are now on their own to pay for all of medical bills associated with their congenital condition.
As newly minted 18-year-old single adults in Orange County who previously had government assistance for health care, they are now burdened with the responsibility of their health care without any transitional assistance. They may be lucky and have coverage under their parents until they are 26 , but many families do not have this luxury and an overwhelming majority of patients at the UNC Craniofacial Center have their Medicaid coverage as a lifeline to critical medical care.
It makes no sense for someone who has a congenital, often life-altering condition to bear the full burden of their health care costs just because they have reached adulthood. One such solution to this problem is for North Carolina to expand Medicaid coverage, so that adults affected with congenital conditions can continue to receive the vital medical services that help to keep them healthy and included in the health care system.
Wesley H. Stepp, Ph.D.
4th year medical student
UNC School of Medicine
No to highway
Regarding the letter to the editor “Quality of Life” (June 13): I agree that we do not have the infrastructure to handle Amazon or Apple and urge readers to take a stand against building the costly toll 540 outer loop highway through southern Wake County.
This road will not improve our traffic problems here. It will add traffic congestion and harm our important Swift Creek watershed which maintains southern Wake’s natural beauty while protecting the Neuse River from pollution.
Improving existing roads, improving mass transit with more bus service now and adding rail options in the near future are what we need here in Wake County. The Access 2040 plan is another, better way to improve our infrastructure and promote the kind of growth that will improve our quality of life.
Aleta Payne's column Sunday should have said that worldwide, every couple of days the number of newly displaced people approaches the population of Chapel Hill.