Letters, Dec. 11

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 09:59 PM

Beware the call for fracking

“Drilling and fracking a single well requires 7 million gallons of water plus an additional 400,000 gallons of additives including lubricants, biocides, scale and rust inhibitors, solvents, foaming and defoaming agents, emulsifiers, and demulsifies, stablizers, and breakers. At almost every stage of developing and operating an oil or gas well, chemicals and compounds can be introduced into the environment.” Excerpt from an article on nbcnews.com written by the Food and Environment Reporting Network (Dec. 2, 2012). The article ran with a photo of a cow with nearly no tail, resulting from being near an area being “fracked.” Although I own no cows, I do drink milk, and such information is very disturbing, and I hope it, likewise, “disturbs” all who read.

Our newly elected governor made his position quite clear, as have Republicans, that they believe “fracking” is the answer to our energy issue. Given the collateral effects already being documented in other states, I believe residents of North Carolina need to prepare for a battle for what most of us hold dearly, our relatively pristine environment. I tend to lean in the direction of the Obama administration in looking to alternative energy sources, i.e. solar, wind, even electric, versus continuing to “rape” our planet of its resources. Mankind has already inflected irreparable damage to our own planet. If we are indeed an intelligent species, we should begin to act accordingly, and cease the destruction, greed and money extract.

Learn what you can about fracking, and prepare.

John I. Mayo


Help the jobless

How can people who have jobs determine the fate of those that do not? There are thousands of people in North Carolina who have lost their jobs. The only hope they have in maintaining some financial integrity is to collect unemployment. Our elected leaders are proposing to cut these benefits.

North Carolina has lost thousands of jobs to outsourcing. Many of our counties are ghost towns of the past. Those jobs lost will never return to North Carolina. Before any discussion of cutting unemployment benefits, our legislators need to discuss ways of bringing jobs back to North Carolina.

Has anyone noticed that when people are out of work and can not meet their basic needs, crime and drug addiction rise? Who is going to foot the bill for extra police and overtime? Where will the money come from to pay for more substance abuse treatment centers?

Unemployment can trigger an avalanche of problems. Jobs first!

Dawud Muhammad


Give to food banks

This is the time of year when many of us think about those in our community who struggle with having enough food to eat. We may donate time or money to food banks, churches, and other community groups to ease the hardship of our fellow neighbors. Recent polling data from the Food Research and Action Center (frac.org) reveal that 81 percent of individuals polled believe that low-income families and children not being able to afford enough to eat is a serious problem in our country. The majority of those polled also recognize that lack of nutritious food impacts physical and mental health, job performance, schoolwork, physical development of infants and toddlers, and the ability of seniors to live longer.

At the forefront of addressing food hardship in the United States is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program), which helps 46 million people put food on the table each month. Congress is currently considering cuts to SNAP. At a time when 46.2 million people live in poverty in the United States, it is little surprise that 71 percent to 75 percent of those polled in the FRAC study view cuts to SNAP as the wrong way to reduce federal spending. Funding for SNAP and other programs that help low-income households is a good investment for improving learning and productivity and keeping health costs down.

April Morgan
NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks


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