Comments made by Nicholas towards Raymond are totally unacceptable.

Do answer my question 1 by 1 ya!
1)They used are because it’s still true now,am i right?
2)Can I replace are with were,Comments made by Nicholas towards Raymond were totally unacceptable.Have they got the same meaning?If no,what it means then?

Sorry for asking repetitive questions,I just want to make sure I understand it well.

  1. Yes.
  2. Yes and yes.

Thanks Beesneees
Thanks alot!