Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Free riders

Our laws require hospitals to treat anyone who walks into their emergency room -- insured or uninsured; citizens or non-citizens; rich or poor. For those with insurance (e.g. Medicare, Obamacare, Medicaid, private health insurance), patients only pay what their insurance doesn't cover. Those without health insurance are billed the full cost. If they are unable or unwilling to pay, the cost of their care is added to our insurance premiums. The uninsured become "free riders" in our health system.

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Duke University gas plant

We welcome Duke University’s announcement of a delayed trustee vote on a campus-based methane gas plant that it had proposed to build in partnership with Duke Energy, ostensibly to guarantee an affordable energy supply over the next three decades.

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Poor are targets of injustice

I am wondering if our Constitution has any meaning whatsoever. We are guaranteed a speedy trial and representation by a lawyer if we can’t afford one. But the state of Louisiana, for example, has 52 public defenders to handle 20,000 cases. The state can hold anyone who can’t afford bail for two years awaiting trial and some plead guilty even if they are innocent in order to be released. You cannot appeal a guilty plea, so if something happens later for which you are guilty, your record will assure a much more severe penalty. Because of this, only 5 percent of arrests result in a trial. How can it be constitutional?

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Stop train plan

Since the U.S. dollar has lost 97 percent in value, low-income citizens don’t have enough money for needs. Many low-income citizens live in this area. Tragically, the local establishment is negligent in that they don’t help all area low-income citizens in crisis. Instead there is a policy of using billions of tax dollars for projects that could be done without.

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More than light rail

Do you know that the Durham and Orange County Transit Plans include more than just light rail? I recently went to a very informative public workshop and came away with exciting news about current transit options and future plans.

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Refuge at Kestrel Heights

I wake up every morning, drive my children across town, take my lunch break at 3 p.m., drive them home and return to work again. I make this sacrifice to deliver my children to Kestrel Heights School. Now the school will close, and where will we go?

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The outhouse bill

I don’t understand the world today. I guess I’m just too old, but the world I came up in, in the 1930s, had outside johns. Everyone was welcome to use these toilets.

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Fewer animal antibiotics

Bo-time is a good time. However, it could be better if this well-known company would fully commit to taking all routine antibiotics out of their products. The problem lies in the fact that these antibiotics are meant for use on humans, and yet 70 percent of all of them that are sold in America are used on animals that aren’t even sick. This situation is increasing medicinal resistance within bacteria to the point that our modern antibiotics are quickly becoming obsolete.

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New format

As a long-time (1983) subscriber I would like to express my dissatisfaction with your new format. The print version with the new font size is almost unreadable by anyone older than 50. The new online version with pop up adds and page formatting is just not workable for me on my I-pad.

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Children, children everywhere ...

Why does Donald Trump care about the children of Syria being gassed? Does he care about the starving children of Somalia? What about the children being separated from their parents as he sends their mothers and fathers back over the border?

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Strikes a poor choice

In August 2013, President Barack Obama planned an attack on the Assad government in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Obama changed his mind when it was found the sarin gas used didn't match that known to exist in the Syrian arsenal.

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Smith served community, his church

On April 8 there was a funeral service conducted for the Rev. Dr. Malbert Smith Jr. at Grey Stone church where he pastored for 43 years. Several hundred people gathered to pay their respects to a man who not only served as their pastor but served this community as well.

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King spoke against militarism

Leonard Pitts’ column of April 4 (‘Martin Luther King’s other dream’) spoke of the civil rights leader’s twin dreams of “racial amity” and “economic justice.” In reality, however, King spoke of triplets: racism, poverty ... and militarism.

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Evensong at Duke Chapel

Those of us who are in Duke Chapel every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. are transported to an English Cathedral for one of the most beautiful hours of the week. Choral Evensong at Duke is indeed a gem sung by one of the best choirs on campus, and certainly one of the most dedicated, led by a gem himself, Christopher Jacobson, chapel organist. Accompanying the choir are two fine organ scholars, in the English tradition. It is so sad week after week to see so few attending this absolutely beautiful Service. You can sit in the choir seats near the Choir if you like, but do come near the front. The important thing is, do come.

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Health care and free market

It is obvious the Republicans never had a health care law. Their goal is a complete removal of the Affordable Care Act and a return to the free marketplace. But health care can never be delivered through the free market.

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Now a “War on Easter” too?

British candy sales giant, Cadbury, has taken the word “Easter” out of the United Kingdom’s Annual Egg Hunt. (“Cadbury Drops Easter Reference,” Herald Sun, Apr 5). Not long ago, here at home, “Christmas” was excised from some holiday sales and verbal greetings, and off our favorite coffee cups.

Videos

Video: Future farmers learn and compete at annual Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show

They told her not to name him, but she did and Kinley Haze and “Wilbert” formed a bond. Kinley, 16, is a sophomore at Orange High School. Six-month-old Wilbert is a 223-pound Blue Butt show pig.
Casey Toth ctoth@heraldsun.com
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Video: Future farmers learn and compete at annual Central Piedmont Jr. Livestock Show

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Video: Chapel Hill Zen Center celebrates the flowering of the Buddha