Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 7 Issue 2, Jan 26-Feb 28 1989
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Over the course of a year, almost two million North Carolinians find themselves at risk of being unable to afford health care they need. The uninsured are disproportionately young, single, female and black. The state’s major response has been to participate in the federal Medicaid program, in which governments help underwrite medical care for the very poorest citizens.
Many of the latest food fads are scams, but others, such as the fish fad, are riddled with pesticides and pollutants. North Carolinians are more prone to food contaminants due to the state’s farming activity, humid climate, and proximity to the coast. Citizens are advised to take food precautions, and to consider new laws that would encourage organic farming and tax pesticide use.
An interview with Michael Stegman, a University of North Carolina professor, reveals the complexity underlying the shortage of affordable housing. If the housing problem is not dealt with, the Triangle’s prosperity will be its own undoing, as high housing costs prevent businesses from attracting the labor force they need.