Plan is green, fair

Countless scientific studies offer the same conclusion about climate change: It's real — caused by human fossil fuel consumption that is warming the planet at a rate exceeding what could reflect “natural cycles." One notable study from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that we have a dozen years to avert a climate catastrophe. This provided a fitting backdrop for United Nations climate change talks in Poland last December. Researchers had hoped these talks would stiffen the global resolve to seriously address the climate change crisis.

But four nations — the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait — refused to officially “welcome” the findings of the U.N. panel, essentially thumbing their noses at efforts to mobilize a global response.

It is interesting to note a key similarity shared by these four obstinate countries. All four just happen to rank among the nations with the greatest inequality. A coincidence? Absolutely not. Disdain for the Earth and economic injustice for its peoples enable this dismissive attitude. Those pushing for Congress to enact a Green New Deal recognize this. That's why they are clear that it must be rooted in a just transition for workers and communities most affected by climate change. That is just one of many reasons this proposal is worthy of support.

Susan Gallagher, Akron

 

Not true believers

Having been in Christchurch, New Zealand, almost exactly one year ago, my wife and I were both appalled and saddened by the tragedy there Friday.

I must speak out about such actions and those who do not decry them. Individuals and groups around the world defined as violent Islamic extremists and Christian right-wing, white nationalist extremists do not reflect the true and valid Christian and Islamic beliefs and values. These extremists have corrupted religions for their own distorted views of humanity. They do not reflect the tenets of those religions.

We must not let them get away with spewing their messages of hate. We must call them out for what they are as well as who they are not. They are not true believers in the religions they claim to reflect, and we should not classify them as being reflective of those religions.

A. Lee Knicely, Macedonia

 

Prevent more overcharges

Because of an oversight, Ohio pharmacies were able to charge Medicaid several times the going price for an over-the-counter drug (“Inflated drug prices bitter pill for Ohio,’’ March 11). What I find troubling is this: For example, if my bank credited a $100 deposit to my account as $1,000, I would notify the bank as soon as possible. In this situation, where the allowable charge to Medicaid was more than 10 times the going rate, the pharmacies did just the opposite: They switched their purchases to the most expensive version of the drug.

Medicaid should be able to recover the overcharges from all the parties. Without a penalty, this will happen again.

Marvin Pflaum, Stow

 

Turning the page

On the March 16 editorial page the Beacon Journal published a cartoon with a Make America Great Again hat holding a sign about laid-off General Motors employees. On the front page of the same day’s business section, there was a news article titled “US job openings near record high.” Ironic.

Pamela Buchtel-Andrella, Akron