Here's a batch of letters that got overrun by other topics before they saw print.
I found the June 21 letter captioned “Beyond our power” compelling. The writer concludes, in considering mankind’s possible contribution to global warming and the potential for a future rise in sea levels, “How foolish we truly are to believe that we are that powerful. If we were then we would really be dangerous.”
In the past, I would have characterized the writer as delusional, but I found myself seduced by his total embrace of comforting guiltless complacency. I have decided to try to convert!
First, I’ve cut all ties to my brother, whom I love dearly – but, he’s a scientist. Second, I am refusing to remember those duck-and-cover emergency drills at elementary school back in the 1950s practiced as a safeguard to nuclear attack. Next, I’ve stopped ever thinking about the briefcase always kept near the president housing that special button. Also, I’ve begun shopping for a church that offers the most favorable terms for a personal Doomsday exit strategy. And, finally, I’m seeking professional help. Though it will mean the end of my 40-year marriage, starting tomorrow I will watch Fox News exclusively – I hope that does the trick.
I’m very upset at the recent voting on the fracking bill. I know most Democrats voted against it, but shame on those who voted for it, and that includes the Republicans. This bill will do nothing for North Carolina. The only thing it can do is hurt the earth we live on. It won’t even help get jobs. Oh sure, the Republicans say it will, but all it will help is those who know how to drill for gas, shale, etc.
If you want to live in an area where there are going to be earthquakes, dirty water and ruined soil, all caused by noisy machines, then go ahead and live in the Triangle, or points south. As for me and my wife, we’re going to try and move far away from the Triangle, so we won’t have to listen to all the noise that these machines will cause.
Haven’t we hurt the earth enough? I just hope that the Republicans who voted for this, and other unnecessary bills, will be voted out of office ASAP.
Your report indicates that the Duke/Progress Energy deal was structured as a merger of equals. Apparently Progress Energy didn’t learn much from its 2000 CP&L/Florida Progress merger. It was also a merger of equals from which the majority of Florida Progress leadership soon departed.
Former Florida Progress chairman and chief executive Richard Korpan walked away from that deal with $15 million in severance. Too bad for William Johnson – he didn’t do quite as well.
A recent letter sadly commented on the legal issues facing adult children when elderly parents start to experience mental or physical disabilities. I have worked for many years with attorneys and families facings such situations. I also have experienced this situation in my own family. My understanding is that “general power of attorney” is not the proper document to deal with medical issues facing a person who is becoming unable to cooperate in his or her health care decisions as it addresses financial matters. A “health care power of attorney” enables one to make health care decisions on behalf of another when that person is no longer physically or mentally able to do so.
Attorneys tell me, and I know from my own personal and professional experience, that everyone should have a will, a durable general power of attorney and a health care power of attorney. They should also consider having a “living will” that addresses what medical measures are to be taken or withheld at the end of life if a person should suffer an irreversible condition such as incurable and severe dementia, a permanent coma or persistent vegetative state.
It is too late to prepare for these sad possibilities once a person becomes mentally or physically incompetent.
The Rev. Michael Stephenson