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Letters to the editor — Saturday (1-31-15)

A question of ‘when’ at UNC-Chapel Hill

Concerning the ongoing scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there seems to be several unanswered questions, all beginning with the word “when.”

When will the NCAA move to penalize the men’s basketball program? Should wins not be voided, titles forfeited and banners taken down? By their own admission, the athletic department at UNC keep basketball and football players eligible to play by enrolling them in bogus classes and giving out fake grades for little, or no, academic effort. This went on for over a decade. What could a university do that would be a more egregious violation of NCAA rules?

When will the N.C. State Legislature and UNC Board of Governors demand that the UNC athletic department refund the state taxpayers for the millions of state tax dollars spent on salaries and benefits paid to university personnel who supposedly “taught” these bogus courses? Where is the accountability here?

When will more student athletes from UNC join in the class action lawsuit against UNC-CH for their failure to provide the educational opportunity promised these young people when they enrolled? Many received only broken promises, a failed system and a “meaningless” diploma.

And finally, when will the media stop referring to UNC-CH as North Carolina’s “flagship” university? Like the Titanic, that ship sank long ago!

— Kevin Fisher

Salisbury

Who is getting rich from skyrocketing drug prices?

I’m writing to complain about the massive escalation of prices relating to some very common generic drugs.

Doxycyline has  jumped from a full retail price of $27 to $1,849. That’s over 8,200 percent.

Albuterol sulfate, which helps my granddaughter’s asthma, has risen in price from $11 to $434 (over 4,000 percent).

My wife’s pravastatin, the drug she takes at bedtime for controlling her cholesterol, has jumped from $27 to $196 (570-plus percent).

There are a lot more as can be ascertained from a brief search on the web. These are just the ones I’ve run across personally.

Someone is getting rich off the backs of the poor and elderly!

Someone call Fox News!

— Dan Roberts

Salisbury

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