Fred C. Hutchins: Essential Duke

March 15, 2014 

I’m a Duke Energy stockholder. I don’t pay for Duke Energy electricity. I pay and create the ability (through investment) for a wide variety of Americans and internationals in other countries to (through coal, solar, hydro and nuclear) turn their lights on; turn up their heat; warm their stove(s) for cooking; turn on their AC in the summer; charge their car batteries; charge their cell phones; allow us to read this on a computer supplied by electricity; donate to worthy causes specifically in North Carolina as well as elsewhere; pay the salaries of linemen who are currently working in extreme conditions to provide us with electricity so that we can read this; or at a minimum, have heat.

I also pay to both Democrats and Republicans, a pittance so that (through regulation), all of the above can be allowed. I also pay a fee for disposal when my tires or oil is changed. I pay a fee (taxes) when my trash is dumped, hauled away and pummeled into an unlined trash pit where seepage into ground water is prevalent, my highways erode into potholes and when politicians circumvent common sense.

There are two sides to every coin.

Fred C. Hutchins

Cordova, Tenn.

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