NCSU should have prioritized science over baseball
Regarding “NC State Baseball Season Ends In Omaha, Suffered Final Defeat By COVID Protocols” (June 27):
Considering the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic and whether or not vaccination is taking place, I can imagine the multiple pressures that North Carolina state leaders have faced in deciding whether or not to require players to and baseball staff get their shots before the College World Series. As a great research university, science should be paramount in such decisions.
Given the high salaries and total compensation paid to the chancellor, athletic director and baseball coach of the NCSU, we should expect decisions to be considered, by whom and whether they were taken into account. consider the safety of all players and staff. It would also be helpful to know what role, if any, the NCAA played in this debacle.
Michael Pedneau, Raleigh
Put the blame
The blame for NCSU rests squarely on the shoulders of those who selected not to be vaccinated. All of those young men who weren’t able to play and their coach lost a âonce in a lifetimeâ opportunity to play in the College World Series because they chose not to do the one thing that would keep them going. playoffs: get the hang of it. âNo one beats the state like the state beats the stateâ has never been truer.
Stacie Hagwood, Garner
Not the NCAA’s fault
Regarding âRepublicans Oppose NCAA Decision on State of North Carolina, ‘Inconsistency’ in Health Concernsâ (June 28):
Senator Thom Tillis and the former Governor. Pat McCrory is wrong to blame the NCAA for the NCSU’s exit from the baseball championship.
A Triangle basketball team had to leave the March Madness competition due to COVID restrictions. Why didn’t the NCSU administration and athletic director learn from this and insist that athletes and staff get vaccinated before competition?
COVID variants are the cause of serious infections in our young athletes. The NCAA tries to protect athletes and staff from infection. In this sad consequence, COVID won and the NCSU baseball team lost. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and others!
Ruth Efird, Cary
Retired public health nurse
The carrot approach to enticing the unvaccinated to get vaccinated clearly doesn’t move the dial fast enough, so I suggest the stick approach.
The federal government is expected to announce that starting August 1, unvaccinated people receiving medical treatment for COVID-related illness will not be reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid. I guess private insurance companies would then follow the same decree.
There is no doubt that every individual has the right to choose not to receive the COVID vaccine. They simply should not expect taxpayers to bear whatever economic burden they choose.
Chris Burke, Raleigh
CN budget surplus
When it comes to the $ 6.5 billion surplus in state coffers, this scripture reading suggests a laudable budget target for North Carolina lawmakers.
Advocating fairness to the poor, Paul of Tarsus said, “Not that others are relieved while you are overwhelmed, but that in terms of equality, your abundance now must be provided for. their needs, so that their abundance can also provide for your needs, so that there is equality.
Because the pandemic continues to disrupt many people in the state, North Carolina could use some of our surplus to claw back the $ 300 in unemployment benefits the federal government offered, but which lawmakers say people vulnerable here no longer need.
Joseph Moran, Durham
NC tree invoice
Just as our homes are homes, the trees in our communities are home to animals and birds. We coexist; we are neighbors of the animals that live among the trees. We need each other to thrive.
House Bill 496 would force local governments to do more work to protect trees in our community. More NC trees would be clearcut – eliminating the homes of many animals that have long been our neighbors.
Too often, we don’t realize what we have truly lost until after it is gone. But we can prevent this bill from passing the NC Senate, where it is now pending. Senators should vote “no” on this bill before it is too late.
Mara Frank, Raleigh
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