Charles Ritter: Sock it to ’em

08/26/2014 6:05 PM

08/26/2014 6:06 PM

Regarding the Aug. 21 news article “ Fracking opponents speak out”: Having attended the public fearing on fracking in Raleigh, I came away with the following observations: The N&O reported Vikram Rao, chairman of the Mining and Energy Commission, said “after the hearing the display of anti-fracking animus may have come from a vocal minority.” I guess he was expressing his biased opinion or did not read the polls in North Carolina.

During the hearing two proponents of fracking said that it is safe. “If it were not safe it would be on the front page of every newspaper.” Hundreds of people in the audience simultaneously yelled: “Read the paper. It is on every front page.”

And my favorite: A wonderful lady with a foreign accent and a charming hat said that she was not expecting this commission to listen and that the only hope for change is with our politicians. She yelled “vote them out” then ended her talk, turned and slowly walked down the aisle to her seat first yelling then muttering, “Sock it to ’em, sock it to ’em, sock it to ’em” in her delightful accent. I could not have said it any better. She is my new hero. I wish I knew her.

Charles Ritter


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