Letters to the editor, Nov. 26

Nov. 25, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

Support Global Fund goals

Having recently returned from four months living in Tanzania volunteering with a Duke-University-supported HIV/AIDS research foundation, I was pleased to read your Nov. 17 op-ed calling for United States support of upcoming Global Fund replenishment goals.

Tanzania is the second largest recipient of Global Fund grants.  These monies have allowed the country to scale up antiretroviral treatment services to reach 660,000 people by 2015 and to provide 96 percent of pregnant women with HIV/AIDS testing and counseling as well.  Separate monies have helped establish an insecticide-treated mosquito net voucher-purchasing program that has significantly reduced infant malaria mortality rates.

Thanks to the Global Fund, similar success stories are common through many other African countries.  Without continued funding momentum, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and TB infection rates could quickly increase.  With increased funding, however, the diseases themselves could hopefully be eradicated completely.

North Carolina remains a research-driven leader in addressing global health issues.  Despite the dysfunctional nature of our current Congress we are fortunate to have leaders like Rep. David Price and senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr who understand the importance of these issues. Their support bodes well for the image of our state and will hopefully influence other Washington decision makers to vote in favor of Global Fund goals.  The citizens of the developing world would surely thank them.

Tom Zulauf

Chapel Hill

Tuition plan ‘outrageous’

There is only one thing that can be said about the General Assembly's plan to raise tuition on UNC students to raise money for the state budget.

Outrageous! But then what else can we expect from these legislators?

Judy Schlegel

Durham

Obama’s second bomb

Now that President Barack Obama has given Iran a pass, if the mullahs get the bomb, it will be Obama's bomb, his second.  

His first is Obombacare.

Alan Culton

Carrboro