I’m appalled at the blatant bowing to Republican political interests by the UNC Board of Governors by planning to close research centers that work clearly in the interests of the residents of North Carolina.
Recently we have been subject to Duke Energy’s CEO stating that they have “learned so much” from refusing to clean up coal ash spills until stopped by federal indictment (“ Federal charges filed against Duke Energy,” Feb. 21 news article), and Lenovo’s spokesman stating that the company “messed up” in light of the revelation Lenovo installed adware and data collection software (Superfish) in unknowing buyer’s laptops (“ Lenovo feels consumers’ wrath,” Feb. 20 business article).
Both of these responses reveal a corporate strategy of benefiting from criminal activity until found out and then offering an apology worthy of an 11-year-old. Without entities such as the centers at UNC, far more of this corporate malfeasance will continue to remain undiscovered.
As the democratic election process is taken hostage to the hardball financial maneuvers of corporations like Duke Energy and Lenovo, centers committed to the public good are needed more than ever.
Sarah Stein, Raleigh