Letters to the editor: Feb. 15

February 15, 2014 

King Coal hasn't been a good corporate neighbor

A recent commentary suggested that since coal accounts for 40 percent of the nation's electricity, that the industry should be exempt from certain regulations that keep the environment healthy.

Are dangerous levels of mercury, across-state emissions, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides to be the norm? If so, the country has a collective death wish. We can't keep costs down simply by eliminating regulations. Such exploitation results in horrific medical problems in the coalfields.

The writer argues that regulations force higher electricity bills, harming the people least able to afford it. A business model has to include the entire cost of doing business, which includes environmental concerns.

Good corporate neighbors do not destroy the land, economy and people. They do not intimidate, misrepresent or lobby congressmen to look the other way. They do not become wealthy on the back of labor, and walk away. Why are the coalfields riddled with poverty, poor education and jobs that come and go?

Present a valid business model that includes upgrading coal plants in a responsible way and prepare the nation for what it truly costs to burn coal. If that doesn't sound like a good way to spur new technology and create jobs, then what does?

Michael Austin

Stamping Ground

Bible reliable standard

A Jan. 25 letter claimed that the Bible is not dependable and that we need to look beyond it to solve complex social issues.

I submit that the Bible is dependable. It is God's reliable standard for truth. Many people would like to exalt their own human wisdom as the ultimate determiner of truth. Though God made man in His image, man has often tried to fashion God to be in man's image so that man can justify his selfish, rebellious behavior. That is pride, which is exaltation of self and likely the root cause of all sin.

I doubt that the writer has read Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ or Josh McDowell's Evidence Demands a Verdict, for those books would easily refute his attack against the Bible.

Tom Caldwell


Toxic pipeline

With the proposed 1,100 mile-Bluegrass Pipeline, 400,000 barrels a day of a toxic mixture of propane, butanes, ethane, isobutene and other hydrocarbons would pass through Kentucky.

The pipeline would go under our Kentucky River and streams, so how long would it take to discover contamination when the released vapor is colorless?

Long-term effects of these chemicals on humans is unknown since Congress has not passed a bill allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to test, but leaves it up to the company. That is like the fox guarding the henhouse.

The many reports of explosions, leaks, contamination, violations of safety standards and falsification of data on the Williams Co., plus deaths and injuries, should bring to mind why they are coming through Kentucky and Tennesse. After viewing our education scores, they think we cannot read.

Like BP, they are engaging in an expensive marketing and lobbying campaign. I have received five large mailers with their untruths. The BP cleanup crews covered up the oil with sand and now the oil is coming to the surface. Dolphins are dying and there is still oil goop on the floor of the Gulf.

There are various bills in the legislature that make it clear private companies may not use eminent domain to seize private property, if landowners do not grant easements. Hazardous liquid pipelines should not be allowed to come through our state. Tell your legislator.

Sallie Clay Lanham


AT&T bill good business

The Woodford County Economic Development Authority has served Woodford County for over 20 years. We seek ways to help make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.

An increasing part of our mission is to advocate for bringing advanced telecommunication technology to Woodford County. We cannot compete for new industry unless we are able to provide the latest communication and Internet technology.

When our local storefronts can go from Main Street to the global marketplace, the positive effects ripple through our communities. As companies grow, they create jobs for our residents and open doors for families.

Senate Bill 99 gives telecom companies the flexibility to invest in the latest technology without harming consumers or businesses. No one is being cut off from telephone lines; in fact, the areas that still demand wireline service can have it. This bill does, however, provide the possibility of building new broadband connections and wireless networks in regions that lack this technology.

If more businesses could access these tools, our communities would reap significant benefits. This country was built on capitalism, SB 99 promotes capital investment and that in turn will lead to stronger communities.

John E. Soper, III

Chairman, Woodford Economic Development


Christie, Clinton cases

I like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He is someone I think I could vote for in 2016 if the far right doesn't make him run as someone other than who he is, like their last two candidates.

That being said, I marvel at the decision-making process of the hyper-partisans with respect to Benghazi and the bridge closure.

As for Christie's scandal, many believe the admittedly hands-on, controlling governor had nothing to do with closing the bridge lanes, closed on purpose by four or five of his staff members with offices 50 feet from his, jamming traffic for five days in a town a short distance from the capitol and reported widely in the media.

These same people are positive that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew the situation in Libya and is directly responsible and should be tried and executed (for something, anything) for the deaths of four Americans, in a department with 31,000 employees in 250 sites and 180 countries around the world in two attacks, over the course of a few hours, 7,500 miles away, in a town torn by civil war.

To believe both of these scandals without any reservations, you must be able to suspend all critical thinking and in-depth analysis.

Coming up with the huge difference of guilt or innocence without any supporting facts is what happens when you pick a team.

We are all in this together, so can we please stop the nonsense? America has things to do.

Tony McCoy


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