Help bring solar, education project to fruition

To the editor:

Perovskite crystals. Solid state batteries. A smart, dynamic energy grid. The road to net zero emissions is paved with new technologies, and the American workforce of tomorrow will need engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who can address this urgent challenge.

Where does all this good work begin? Answer: in the classroom. Before bright ideas are transformed into breakthroughs at Stanford or MIT, they begin with the curiosity of children. “How?” and “Why?” are the two most important questions a young person can ask. And while books may show them the world from afar, the lived experience is also critically important. Young people should not be deprived of the opportunity to see technology up close, to examine it and to let their minds imagine problems and solutions as only young minds can: with a creative naïveté that knows no limits.

With the generous support of NC GreenPower’s Solar + Schools initiative, we in Waynesville have an opportunity to create an onsite renewable energy lab experience for students of Waynesville Middle School. It will be NC GreenPower’s very first Solar School in Haywood County and in all its contiguous counties. Grade-level appropriate instruction, real time system monitoring and reduction of the school’s carbon footprint are all benefits built into the grant program.

Please join Waynesville Middle School’s administrators, teachers, and most importantly, its students, in helping bring this project to fruition. Contributions are tax deductible and may be made at donate.ncgreenpower.org/team/356320 or Google NC GreenPower and Waynesville Middle School. The school must raise $9,000 to obtain over $42,000 in benefits. Let’s fund solar! Thank you for your support!

William Hite

Waynesville

Oppose SB 605

To the editor:

An open letter to WNC representatives to the NC General Assembly: I urge you to vote no on Senate Bill 605. People, especially babies and children, living near gas-producing facilities, have their health damaged in life-threatening ways — cancers, permanent brain and lung damage, for example.

You cannot be pro-life yet support this immoral bill.

“Directed biogas projects” are already harming water, air, and therefore the health of surrounding communities, which comprise primarily low-income people. Fast-tracking approval for these projects will only make more people sicken and die.

Projects like this should be considered on an individual basis with opportunities for public participation.

If you live by the Golden Rule, you cannot support this immoral bill.

If you had a child, would you let him be sacrificed to the ghastly diseases caused by those animal and fossil fuel gasses that this bill unleashes on creation?

Mary Curry

Waynesville

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