Absoluetly true. You do not have to take a Crafting Skill. You're just limited to only being able to take one per character.
I read that you can take three gathering/mission skills rather than take a crafting one.
Did any beta players do this and would you recommend it for someone who isn't a crafting fiend?
I did a lot of gathering in LotRO, selling it all at the AH, and was never really short of cash. Would kinda prefer to do that in SWTOR and feed all the crafters, but is it a viable route to take?
So get out there and start supporting us crafters!