A number of years ago we lived in Rutherford County which was furnished water by Duke Power. This seemed to be a pretty expensive way of getting the thing that is vital to all life as our bill ran in excess of $50.00 each month.
We had a swimming pool put in our back yard and when the construction was completed, as would all citizens, we filled the pool and received an increase in our monthly bill of well over $100.00 for the 24,000 gallons of water it took to bring the pool level up to the required depth. It also turns out, we were charged not only for the water but also for the privilege of flushing it down the toilet (a double charge) which of course, was not done.
Now, the point is this was water, the thing that is vital to all life and to our virtual health and well being, not to mention “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. We are becoming a country that must rely on the profitability and the success of private corporations for our most vital resources, those things that actually keep us alive.
We are increasingly turning over our vital and life sustaining assets to private corporations that have as their sole function to make money irregardless of the consequences. What happened in the Dan River and Duke Power's other properties should be a wake up call to all the citizens of North Carolina as to the risk that we as consumers are bearing by virtue of electing officials who are directly tied to those corporations that have their hands in our pockets.
The resulting federal investigation into the behavior and the ethics of our state government as it relates to Duke Power should make us all think twice before voting for someone who supports this way of doing business in North Carolina. We need to stand firm and let out a clarion call that we want none of our life sustaining needs in the control of for profit companies, we want them in the control of those persons who have as their interests, the good of the citizenship.
The state has come to the conclusion that after less than 10% of the Dan River clean-up has been accomplished, this is enough to burden a huge corporation like Duke Power for endangering the lives of North Carolina citizens. Just what part of the term "conflict of interest" or "collusion" does the voting public not understand. At the rate we are going, it will not be a long time until these corporations don't just have some control over us but, have dominance over our lives thanks to the priorities of the Republican Party in North Carolina.