Campbell’s ‘bullies’ piece was flawed


To the Editor:

In response to the Oct. 21 Tom Campbell column about bullies: I strongly caution against counter measures of this type. The reasons are: The attacker or assailant may have mental health problems of some type. Also, the criminal may be under the influence of illegal drugs. The criminal could be carrying weapons, and also, could have back-ups nearby.

Even in elementary school, the criminal element is becoming more bold and dangerous. I recommend call the police immediately. Submit a detailed report. If necessary, call the DA’s office. Do this practice with each and every time that bullying episodes or assaults take place.

Looking back, I wish that the infamous “L.A. Four” had been responsible for arresting the mass murderer, Nickolas Cruz. God Bless America.

Bob Morris, Webster


Has concerns about HB 951


To the Editor:

As an organization working for effective federal climate legislation, Citizens’ Climate Lobby applauds N.C.’s efforts to cut carbon emissions: plans to be crafted by the Utilities Commission and Duke Energy promise a 70 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Despite this promise, we join other environmental and faith groups over two concerns about HB 951.

Duke Energy projects that its heretofore sluggish renewable capacity will grow from 7 percent to 23 percent by 2030, considerably less than its projected natural gas capacity of 38 percent. Replacing coal-fired plants with natural gas trades carbon reductions for increasing methane emissions, another potent greenhouse gas.

HB 951 also does little to acknowledge the burden on low-income citizens. Aside from rate increases, the bill’s loan program – for financing home energy upgrades – does not help renters or homeowners whose houses may be in such poor condition that they do not qualify.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby continues to work with Congress to put a price on all greenhouse gases, to be paid by the producers. We believe that this revenue should be returned to all American households, ensuring that our most vulnerable do not bear a disproportionate burden while we transition to truly clean energy.

Robert Franz, Whittier