Poisoned water and poisonous healthcare policy were featured in two of the weekend’s best editorials. Number One comes from the Wilmington Star News. In “CFPUA, Give Us the Answers Right Now,” the authors demand an immediate series of answers regarding the public health crisis that surrounds the region’s poisoned water supply:
“Each answer we get to questions about GenX, the unregulated toxic chemical in our drinking water, seems to raise five more. In fact, we’re not sure any important GenX-related question has been adequately answered. We’re betting people who drink the tainted water would agree.”
The editorial then goes on to explain how local official at the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority are failing to act with requisite urgency regarding water that may well be poisoning hundreds of thousands of people every day:
“Friday, at a special meeting of the CFPUA board, Executive Director Jim Flechtner refused to say why he had not informed board members and the public about GenX.
‘I will let the review process run its course,’ he said.
Here’s the thing, Mr. Flechtner: We — and we suspect the thousands of people CFPUA serves — are no longer content with letting GenX-related issues “run their course.”
As New Hanover commissioner and CFPUA board member Pat Kusek told the StarNews when informed of Flechtner’s response: ‘That’s unacceptable. People need to tell the truth about what they did and why they did it.’
So far, all Chemours and CFPUA are providing is lots of posturing and deflection. Meanwhile, there’s a critical shortage of timely and complete answers.
Commissioner Kusek is absolutely right: That is not acceptable.”
“We agree, and we also hope the Senate comes up with a ‘generous’ alternative to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It was never perfect, or even close, and now it’s shedding people as insurers pull out of markets or raise premiums beyond what most can afford. That’s not only a result of inherent flaws in the system but because the Trump administration isn’t supporting it as the law requires. If subsidies aren’t provided to cushion premiums, and if penalties aren’t assessed to push young, healthy Americans into coverage, a collapse is possible. So Congress must either shore up the current system or write a better bill. Read more