Letters to the Editor

8/29 Letters: ‘Garbage juice’ bill casts legislators in a toxic light

Regarding “Controversial garbage liquid spraying to begin” (Aug. 23): Our legislature appears to have gone off the deep end of partisan politics into a pool of garbage juice. An override vote of HB576: Allow Aerosolization of Leachate is scheduled to occur. This bill requests that dumps, coal ash waste facilities and landfills be allowed to take the goo and liquid that settles out of the waste (aka “garbage juice” or leachate) and spray a mist of it into the air. This method of managing the juice is cheaper for the facilities than cleaning it by traditional means.

It has been reported that the senator who authored this bill received large contributions from the person who patented the garbage-juice-spraying technology. What is the excuse of the rest of the legislators who voted for this bill? Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed HB576 out of concern that spraying toxins, carcinogens and foul-smelling liquid into the air might not be good for the health of the public. Are our state legislators so intent on exercising their power to override a veto that they no longer care to protect their constituents’ health?

Holly Biola, MD, MPH

President, North Carolina Academy of Preventive Medicine


Regarding “5 things to know before you send your kids back to school” (Aug. 24): Increasing costs for a full-price lunch in Wake County schools comes at a time when the Trump administration is proposing drastic cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The president has recently proposed cutting at least $10 billion worth of funding from SNAP.

Growing up in Wake County, I depended on free and reduced lunch all through middle school and high school. Some days, school lunches were the only full meal I had as a child. Like my family, many thousands of Wake County residents receive SNAP benefits. Children of these households are now caught in the midst of increasing lunch prices and decreasing governmental support for basic assistance programs. With rising lunch prices now a reality, it is important to safeguard the social safety nets that put food on the table for so many children in North Carolina.

Calling on your congressional representative to vote against any cuts to basic assistance programs like SNAP in the upcoming budget is the first step to ensuring every North Carolina household has enough food for their children to thrive in school.

Shima Idries



Let me see if I have this right; “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs,” but the people who show up to bravely repudiate this evil are to blame for that violence. I don’t think I like this President. Can America have a do-over?

Peter Balint-Kurti