Government has no business in broadband
I vehemently disagree with your March editorial ("Lexington looking to a faster future"), which applauds city leaders for taking steps to build a city-owned broadband system. Your editorial argues broadband should be treated as a utility, a service government should provide.
You don't mention that 20 years ago when President Bill Clinton and Republicans in Congress wrote our federal telecommunications law they made it clear the nation's broadband system shouldn't be run by the government.
They argued a hands-off approach would allow broadband to flourish. They were right. In the last two decades, private companies have invested more than $1.3 trillion in infrastructure and, as a result, more than 98 percent of Americans have high-speed broadband access. Prices have fallen and speeds keep improving.
The editorial also fails to mention how costly government networks are, and that they often fail to make money. Provo, Utah sold its network when the government couldn't make a go of it. They got one dollar and were still left with millions in debt. Your editorial mentions Chattanooga Tenn.'s government network, which recently announced a $60 million expansion plan that will serve 1,000 people. That's $60,000 per customer.
I encourage local government to hang up on calls for building costly networks that duplicate infrastructure the private sector already has built.
God welcomes all
Regarding the March 7 article about more churches being open to gay worshippers: How very sad that all churches aren't open, affirming and welcoming to all who want to worship.
God's love extends to all, though man's may not.
McConnell wrong on climate
Sen. Mitch McConnell's recent op-ed piece sharply criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's clean power regulations as having "a negligible effect on global climate but a profoundly negative impact on countless American families."
In an October interview with The Cincinnati Enquirer, he admitted that he was "not a scientist." I am curious then how he can make the clearly scientific claim that reducing carbon emissions will not impact climate change. He cited no scientific reports and would be hard pressed to find any since 97 percent of scientists are convinced that carbon emissions are causing the Earth to warm.
When President Nixon created the EPA in 1970 "to protect human health and the environment" opponents also claimed it would have an adverse effect on the economy when in reality, it created many jobs and didn't end the reign of coal. The Clean Power Plan was created to alleviate profoundly negative impacts on families around the world. Is Senator McConnell ignoring that? For coal jobs to continue in Kentucky we need to make the burning of coal much cleaner by complying with the EPA's Clean Power Plan and finding new ways to make energy from coal that doesn't pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. We can do this, we must do this.
Executive Director, Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light, Inc.
Clean energy creates jobs
Mitch McConnell said something I agree with in his March 3 op-ed: "The proposed (clean power) regulation would have a negligible effect on global climate." He's right; it's not strong enough.
The Environmental Protection Agency plan will cut emissions only 30 percent in U.S. power plants and they're responsible for only 40 percent of our carbon emissions.
We need to phase out fossil fuels altogether. We just can't afford them anymore. Kentucky coal counties have the nation's highest rates of poverty and health problems. Tax revenues generated by the coal industry in Kentucky are less than state expenditures supporting the industry, including environmental and health costs, according to a report by the Mountain Association of Community Economic Development.
Nationally, we've already paid over $1 trillion for climate change in taxes and the U.S. government estimates we'll soon pay that much annually. The longer we wait to transition to clean energy, the more expensive climate change will become.
A clean-energy economy would create millions of better, safer, permanent jobs and put extra money in the pockets of ordinary Americans. All with no government expense. Eight Nobel economists agree.
Go to the Citizens Climate Lobby website for more information. Let's do this.
We should be appalled at the senators, including two from Kentucky, who delivered to Iran's government a letter saying that any nuclear agreement would not be honored in the future.
I cannot recall any time when members of Congress openly tried to sabotage actions of the president, secretary of state and other officials in a dangerous situation.
Perhaps I have been naive. After all, these people have done their miserable best to stick it to President Obama, even if it means harming their constituents and now the troops.
The worst of these actions has been against "Obamacare." Kentucky is fortunate that our state leaders put our health and safety first, as other states did not. Millions of Americans now have health insurance who did not before.
Obama has also reduced the deficit by a large percentage and cut private sector unemployment in half.
If we are lied into another disastrous war by these anti-patriots, I hope they will be willing to serve in combat. And if the many advantages of the Affordable Care Act are curtailed, I hope they will give up their tax-supported health insurance. Neither would compensate for the awful consequences of their actions, but it would be a start.