Letters to the Editor, August 4

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 03:50 PM

Don’t change midstream

The Senate is proposing draconian changes to how people with mental illness get health care.  The goal, to make sure physical health care needs are met, not just mental health needs, while spending a reasonable amount of money is a good one. 

How will the proposed change affect someone with schizophrenia?  Someone with a thought disorder is required to go to a new company. Maybe they won’t be approved for a service that has worked for them.  Perhaps the therapist and the company they have built up a trust with, is no longer on the list of providers.  

Disruption. Chaos. Delays.  Individuals may land in the emergency department – where they wait on average for more than three days.  We would never tolerate that for people who don’t have mental illnesses.  People in residential care may lose their eligibility.  Another risk:  eliminating all kinds of services, even things like outpatient care, prescription meds, and dental care.

Let’s build upon the successes we have in our publicly operated system which has effectively delivered services while costs are contained.  Don’t change it midstream! NAMI NC supports the governor’s and the House’s plan to continue the successes with the capped Medicaid budget for behavioral health, while adding protections for physical health care through building on successes of our hospitals and primary care providers.  Help those who live with mental illness get the health care they need by continuing our public managed care.

Deby Dihoff

Executive director

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC

Thank you, Bible scholars

I'm writing to thank Opinion page Bible scholars for educating us regarding God's law.  I share their wisdom with as many people as possible.   For example, when someone defends the homosexual lifestyle, I remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly declares it an abomination.   End of debate.

I need advice from the scholars regarding other Bible laws and how to best follow them.   The most urgent are:

-- A friend believes that although eating shellfish is an abomination  (Leviticus 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.   I disagree.  Can scholars settle this?

-- Leviticus 25:44 states that I may own slaves purchased from neighboring nations.   A friend insists this does not apply to Canadians.   Can scholars clarify?   Why can't I own Canadians?

-- I want to sell my daughter into slavery, as allowed in Exodus 21:7.   In this economy, what do scholars suggest as a fair price for her?

-- A neighbor works on the Sabbath.   Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.   Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

-- Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight.   I admit that I wear reading glasses.   Must my vision be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

I know that Opinion page Bible scholars have studied these issues extensively and can help.  Bless  them  for  reminding  us  that  God's  word  is  eternal  and  unchanging.

Craig Johnson

Durham

Kill a bunch of people?

With regard to W. Bryan Turner's letter to the editor entitled "Believe It or Not," published Aug. 1, in which he quotes Leviticus (18:22), this same book (20:13) also states if a man lies with another man, then they must be put to death. 

I am just curious about what Mr.Turner thinks we should do to follow this 18:22 verse?  Kill a bunch of people?  Moreover, I am also curious how he knows that the Garden of Eden account is not just a very old legend rather than something that tells us what was "ordained by God"? 

Of course, one is entitled to one's beliefs, but when they impinge on the rights of others, then, at least, they need to be critically examined. 

Ronald Taska

Durham