Of all the documentation I've seen about tonight's public hearing on Duke Energy's rate hikes, nothing is as convincing as this letter from an 8-year-old named Kayla. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
Kayla's mother, Heidi Martinez, says her daughter took it upon herself to write the letter, and I can believe it. While I've never met Kayla, I've seen her with Martinez more than once at meetings, asking tough questions and asserting her opinions in front of large groups.
Before tonight's hearing, Occupy Charlotte participants will march and protest. The group plans to gather at 600 E. Trade St. at 5:30 p.m.