Duke/PNG deal not a win for consumers
In response to “With PNG, Duke firms up its ties to natural gas” (Oct. 27):
This is not a good thing – for the consumer, that is.
We hear the typical corporate-speak from Duke Energy talking-heads on how consumers will benefit, but the truth is already out there.
Look how Duke managed its coal ash and got off easy just paying fines.
Better yet, look how Progress Energy management was treated after it was bought.
We’ve learned the hard way that “too big” always works against the consumer.
Floyd Prophet, Kannapolis
Much about Spellings to be wary about
In response to “Why so afraid of new UNC system chief?” (Oct. 26 Forum):
Yes, why in the world would silly liberals be “scared” of Margaret Spellings?
Because she’s an agent of the most dissembling and incompetent administration in modern memory?
Because her investiture was the result of secretive maneuverings by a political hack of a chairman?
Because her signature achievement – “No Child Left Behind” – is repudiated by Republicans and Democrats alike?
Because her expertise is in political cronyism instead of academics?
What could possibly go wrong?
Michael Haire, Mooresville
Puzzled by board’s twilight zone pick
Dear Board of Governors: Let me get this straight. A person with a degree from the University of Houston and experience as a Bush administration appointee is more qualified than a person with a degree from Davidson College, a law degree from the University of North Carolina, and experience as a college president?
Am I in the twilight zone?
Stella Stroud, Davidson
Security questions remain on Benghazi
In response to “Enough already with Benghazi witch hunt” and related letters (Oct. 26 Forum):
Forum writers Wayne Baker and Jill Dinwiddie seem concerned only about the politics of the Benghazi committee hearings.
They should try putting themselves in the position of the families of those killed that night.
These hearings must continue until we, and those families, learn why four Americans were left to die even after hundreds of requests for more security were denied by someone.
We need to know who repeatedly made those decisions and why.
Jim Fitzpatrick, Charlotte
Stop the hearings, end the witch hunt
Observer coverage of the Benghazi committee farce, including the list of Benghazi investigation committees, show numerous other groups have already examined the issue.
Yet the GOP established its Benghazi “witch hunt” committee to bring down Hillary’s poll numbers, as admitted by GOP congressional leadership.
By now the cost of this witch hunt is about $5 million, and I, as a taxpayer, resent very much that I am having to pay for this GOP farce. Stop the so-called hearings.
Pat Bullard, China Grove
Captivated by every step of Rainier climb
In response to “Rockfall on Rainier” (Oct. 25):
We were spellbound by this excellent article by Rick Rothacker. We had not understood or appreciated what an adventure and challenge it was to climb Mount Rainier.
We were especially fascinated because both of our daughters climbed the mountain in the mid ’90s, soon after graduating from college.
After reading this account, we both agreed that we are so glad we had not known more at that time.
Adelaide Davis and
Joan Martin, Charlotte
There is something like it in Charlotte
In response to “Retirees hit the road to go back to school” (Oct. 27):
Interesting to read about Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, but it’s wrong to say “there is nothing quite like it in Charlotte.”
Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte sponsors an excellent program called Adventures in Learning with weekly classes offered year-round.
Senior Scholars is another weekly program with lectures at Queens University’s satellite location on Tyvola Road.
We retirees appreciate the opportunities to keep our brains from stagnating.
Felicia Lee, Charlotte