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Monday, February 11, 2019

I am tired of Democratic presidential hopefuls and their clean energy nonsense. Windmills and solar panels are generally a waste of time and money. Windmills don’t turn when there is no wind and solar panels don’t work when there is no sun. In each case the energy generated is DC, for storage in batteries. However, your home appliances operate on AC. In order to convert DC to AC, it must be “inverted,” which necessarily wastes energy.

The cleanest, safest and most cost-efficient way of producing electricity at the present time is a pressurized water nuclear reactor power plant, but we haven’t built any new plants in years, while we screw around with solar panels and windmills, due to the environmentalists misplaced concerns over radiation. I have personally worked in many nuclear submarine reactor spaces and I don’t light up and glow in the dark. Our pressured water nuclear power plants are totally safe and reliable. The only problem with nuclear fission reactors is the radioactive waste material that must be buried under a mountain for about 10,000 years.

There is an even newer and better technology on the horizon called nuclear fusion, whereby hydrogen atoms are fused together to form a helium atom which releases a tremendous amount of heat for generating electricity and the process generates no radioactive byproducts. Isn’t that a more erstwhile endeavor to invest in, rather than playing Don Quixote with windmills? Fusion reactors would serve us quite well until the development of matter-antimatter reactors, about 100 to 150 years into the future. Let’s broaden our horizons.

Robert Kenneth

Greenville

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February 17, 2019

I read with interest Ralph Tyson’s letter (Republicanism betrays the people, Feb. 7). He stresses “We the People.” Correct, and we the people elected Donald Trump — get over it!

He goes on to say Republicans are not constitutionalists — why don’t you…

February 17, 2019

Just a few short years ago our community came together to help fund the addition of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Hospital due to the large number of low birth weight babies being born in our region. This state-of-the-art facility helps these tiny persons in their struggle for life…

February 17, 2019

As I visit metropolitan areas to our west, there is clear evidence that many communities have effectively converged on their priorities in very visible ways. And when there is convergence, it seems as if progress is inescapable. I have grandchildren now, and they have experienced numerous…

February 17, 2019

Kudos to Holly Garriott, executive director for Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, and to ECU professor of music, Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., for coordinating the amazing African American Music Series.

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February 16, 2019

A big shout-out to Alison Lord Stuart for her piece on voter IDs in Tuesday’s paper.

You are right on the “mark” regarding voter IDs. My husband and I have lived in many states, all of which required a voter ID at election time — until we came to North Carolina.

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February 16, 2019

Last night (Monday, Feb. 11) I attended ECU baseball banquet in the new student union. There were almost 600 people there and they were treated to a great program.

Some facts that were revealed were that this team has a 3.44 grade point average which is the highest in the American Athletic…

February 14, 2019

Donald Trump once again exhibited his extreme ignorance, irrationality and intransigence in contradicting the analysis of his three top intelligence chiefs before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Jan. 29. It's hard to imagine how pompous a person must be to think he knows more than his FBI…

February 14, 2019

Mr. Kammerer's fine article on the Jones-Lee House (in The Daily Reflector on Sunday) highlights the urgent need to save one of the few remaining architectural structures of historic and aesthetic value left in our poor city.

Years and years of willful destruction and bureaucratic neglect pushed by…

February 14, 2019

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February 13, 2019

Title IX has been a positive thing except where men's programs have been canceled to create slots for women. You can call it Title IX "balance," but ECU has 11 women's sports and only nine for men. To create this disparity ECU added women's lacrosse. Last time I checked, the state of North Carolina…

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