BYH: To the Confederates of the civil war. Today if they were in power there would be no race problems, or issues today....

Utility costs cripple economy


Friday, February 9, 2018

My family and I moved to Greenville in 1998 from Pittsburgh, Pa. When we relocated here, we purchased a similarly sized house compared to what we had in Pittsburgh. When I got my first utility bill here, compliments of Greenville Utilities, the bill was double what I had previously paid in Pittsburgh. I was agast; however, I paid this bill, and many others.

Over the years, I came to find out that Greenville Utilities was involved in a nuclear plant deal that failed, and they accumulated a lot of debt that they passed on to customers. My bills have ranged from $700 to $1,200 per month over the years. More recently, it was my understanding that Duke Energy purchased the nuclear assets of 32 municipal agencies including, which was to lead to lower utility costs. I haven't seen it.

My bill this month was $932.07. I keep my house at 66 degrees in the winter, 72 degrees in the summer, run a gas fireplace in the evening, don't water the yard, turn off lights in rooms we aren't using, and don't wash clothes unless there are full loads. We have reinsulated the attic, and some of the walls in the house. We have new windows in most of the house. We just put on a new roof. These utility bills are ridiculous, and not sustainable.

We are near retirement, and cannot remain in our home with $1,000 month utility bills. An article in Indy Week titled "The Cost of Electricity in Eastern North Carolina is Devastating," published in 2012, highlights high utility bills in eastern North Carolina.

Enough is enough. This has to stop! It is affecting not only our economic base but our ability to attract new businesses. The Greenville City Council, our state representatives, congressmen and governor all need to act.

Lynn Johnson



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


January 23, 2019

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

We are seeing the results of a megalomaniac who was born with a gold spoon in his mouth, who never had to answer to anyone, not to mention a co-equal branch of government. His lies of Mexico paying for a wall he promised are being exposed, so he…

January 22, 2019

Our Constitution set up a governmental system with three branches, coequal, with different functions.

Laws and budgets are mandated to be created by the legislative branch, through the votes of the members of the House and Senate (with budgetary bills originating in the House) with compromises…

January 20, 2019

For many years the clinical staff at ECU Physicians has been under tremendous pressure to at least break even and ultimately make the operation profitable, all the while at the disadvantage of treating a significant portion of underinsured and indigent patients that are not cared for by private…

January 19, 2019

Thank you for your incredible story on the grand opening of our new LGBTQ Center at ECU (Jan. 13). Your reporter was spot on that this will be a “Safe Harbor” for the most marginalized of our students.

I grew up in Everetts and my family were long time subscribers to The Daily Reflector.…

January 19, 2019

Bless your heart Pope Francis. Tear down that Vatican wall. Bless your heart President Obama. Tear down those walls around your Washington, D.C., estate. Bless your heart Speaker Pelosi. Tear down that wall around your Napa estate.

If walls are immoral, lead by example. These walls were built to…

January 19, 2019

After reading Bill Redding’s letter to the editor and viewing Sunday’s Meet The Press, I was prompted to add my thoughts on greenhouse gases and global warming. We are on the brink of a world disaster of a magnitude never seen before, except perhaps during the Ice Age.

When normal high…

January 18, 2019

Today (Tuesday) I was stunned to hear that Carol Folt will be resigning from her office as Chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill; but I was not as stunned as when I read the remarks made by Harry Smith, Chair of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG). In the wake of her announcement Smith stated that he was…

January 17, 2019

It's much too early to pick or accurately predict who might be the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020. But premature as it may be, and as totally uncertain with a wide and varied cadre of candidates, isn't it refreshing to see real, honest, down to earth human beings running for the office?…

January 13, 2019

With the death and funeral of President George H.W. Bush, our nation was jolted out of its dark mood by memories of a man who: frequently served his country with distinction; found nobility in his service to others; recognized that his moments of influence were fleeting and used those moments to…

January 12, 2019

I have a good plan for Silent Sam: Bring him to Little Washington, N.C., and put him in Oakdale Cemetery. I don’t think the people here will harm him.

The people here are much nicer than the people in Raleigh that are shipped in from every country and a whole lot of thugs, after all, the city…

145 stories in Letters. Viewing 1 through 10.
«First Page   «Previous Page        
Page 1 of 15
        Next Page»   Last Page»