Shazam! Turn that coal ash into jobs, profits
Duke Energy has an abundance of toxic fly ash in undesirable places.
Ready-mix concrete makers go to other states to buy treated fly ash, an ingredient in their product.
If Duke constructed treatment plants at its sites, shazam!
New jobs would be created, concrete makers could buy locally, transportation costs would be lowered, Duke would create enough revenue to amortize its investment and increase profits, – and the newspapers could write about other interesting events.
In response to “McCrory: No rules broken on stock” (Aug. 15):
Facts are facts, and blaming this one on your lawyer is just an excuse
Seems to me that Gov. Pat McCrory signed a document stating that he owned zero shares of Duke Energy stock as of Dec. 31, 2013, when in fact he did own Duke stock.
There is no other way to look at this issue other than Gov. McCrory violated state ethics law, period.
To try to say your attorney misread a document is no excuse. I’d recommend you find another lawyer.
Too bad it’s too late to just Pope this one away.
No breach of ethics in Gov. McCrory’s actions, so quit picking on him
Know this: The governor takes ethics and integrity issues very seriously.
Lay off of our governor; you have no breach of ethics here!
Margaret M. Gatto
Spur innovation the way the Bay area has, give tax breaks to start-ups
Having recently visited the San Francisco Bay area, I couldn’t help but notice how many home-grown companies had become international powerhouses thanks to the Bay Area’s willingness to embrace and reward innovation.
Rather than give massive tax breaks to companies based on dubious job projections and tenuous ties to the state, North Carolina should instead focus on giving economic incentives to start-ups and companies developing new technologies.
Financial incentives combined with a wealth of talent from local universities will help North Carolina become an innovation hub as well as create the types of jobs that will drive the new economy.
Nathan D. Stowe
In response to “Influx of immigrant children will hurt U.S. schools” (Aug. 10 Forum) and related letters:
Illegal immigrant kids have high need for education, make it a priority
A growing opinion says we shouldn’t educate illegal immigrant children as they will strain the school system.
By that logic emergency rooms shouldn’t treat indigent patients, as they strain the system.
Regardless of legal status these children are here with the highest need for education.
Surely the education of some of the neediest children could take priority.
Dale W. Saville
Today’s gerrymandered districts exacerbate congressional gridlock
My wish is that the U.S. Supreme Court would soon declare that the extreme gerrymandering made possible by today’s powerful computers is a violation of due process and equal protection of laws.
Such a declaration would result in congressional districts that are less solidly one party or the other.
Better balanced districts would result in election of House members who can see and accommodate both sides of political issues and who would be less likely to oppose good legislation purely because it is sponsored by the opposing political party.
Ronald C. Williams
A plea to charities: Please no more calendars and address labels
To all those charities out there: Please stop with the calendars!
Last year I lost track after you sent me 16. Here it is only August and you’ve already sent me six!
Either these calendars are really, really cheap, or the guy who sells them to you is a super salesman. Stop already!
You can also forget the address labels; I have a lifetime supply.