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Monday, October 8, 2018

Silent Spring, a 1962 book by biologist Rachel Carson, revealed that our overuse of pesticides was poisoning our environment which, if unchecked, would ultimately poison us. That realization, together with environmental disasters of that decade, prompted President Nixon in 1970 to create the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate, in part, mankind’s impact on the environment.

Now comes the Trump administration which, in the span of a single year, is laying waste to nearly 50 years of learning about and mitigating environmental damage — hardly a surprise as candidate Trump vowed “to get rid” of the EPA. And, once in office, Trump swiftly installed Scott Pruitt, a notorious climate-change denier, as EPA’s Administrator; exited the Paris Accord; ordered that all climate change information be purged from the EPA website; proposed an EPA budget cut of 31 percent; and issued a phalanx of executive orders whose purpose is to eradicate any regulation that restricts energy production.

Climate change is obviously an “inconvenient truth” for the Trump administration, as is the increasingly compelling scientific evidence that human activities contribute significantly to that change.

Christine Whitman, EPA administrator for George W. Bush, stated that the recent changes in the EPA website are “to a degree that undermines the credibility of the site … The message they’re sending … is that science doesn’t matter …”

Philip Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, told Time magazine that “the idea that the science of climate change is in doubt … is simply false,” adding “I see no way to avoid concluding that the current EPA administration places the interests of the fossil industry above those of the people it is charged to protect …”

Without a swift reversal of EPA policy, our posterity will breathe Carson’s envisioned poison: Are we so amoral, so stupid as to risk this?

Robert Hursey

Greenville

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October 16, 2018

Dr. Gregory F. Murphy has done a great job during his first term as a representative for N.C. House District 9, and I am supporting his re-election. As a citizen of the City of Greenville and County of Pitt, I am a witness to how he communicates with people and his immediate responses to their…

October 16, 2018

This November's election will have significant consequences for both voters and nonvoters. While many voters have focused on national and state issues, local races are often overlooked, but they have serious consequences as well.

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October 15, 2018

Eastern North Carolina has experienced three “100-Year” floods in less than 20 years. As I write this, another hurricane is on its way to the Florida Panhandle, which could bring eastern Carolina yet more rain and flooding. Thanks to human-caused climate change, these catastrophic…

October 14, 2018

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October 14, 2018

The 2018 elections are fast approaching on Nov. 6.  Paula Dance, candidate for the Pitt County sheriff, certainly offers positive experiences and a dedication that is unwavering.

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October 13, 2018

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October 12, 2018

As a 20-year citizen of the town of Grifton, I want to personally thank the staff of The Daily Reflector for being a voice for the people of Grifton as well as others in the area affected by the low-lying location in which Duke Energy chose for its electric substation.

I hope and pray with the…

October 12, 2018

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October 11, 2018

Ah, the Republicans. In 1987, Ronald Reagan promptly withdrew Douglas Ginsburg’s Supreme Court nomination merely because he had smoked pot as a young man.

But no such problem for Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, our presidential “p.... grabber in chief” regaled his unhinged base by…

October 11, 2018

I just could not let the recent back-to-back letters using Christ and God references in support of Kavanaugh and the Republicans slide by. 

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