In the fight ("Give back the Yadkin, dammit"
, Nov. 18) between Stanly County and Alcoa for control of the Yadkin River and its profitable hydroelectric power generation, the local officials standing against the rapacious multinational corporation were — are — Republicans. Now comes word from Carter Wrenn
, a solid Republican if ever there was one, that Alcoa is throwing the big bucks into the local primaries in an effort to unseat a trio of Republican county commissioners.
Wrenn's point: If you thought the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, the one sanctioning unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns, was a mistake — well, consider the case of Alcoa's corporate treasury in any little county it thinks it should own.