PSC should say 'no' to Kentucky Power's increase
Kentucky Power Company's proposal to raise the rates of Eastern Kentuckians by 30 percent is outrageous.
Kentucky Power wants to retrofit its aging Big Sandy coal plant, but charging ratepayers almost a billion dollars to keep a 43-year-old plant going is just not sensible.
This costly proposal would put an unnecessary financial burden on ratepayers and endanger public health by extending the life of coal-burning emissions. The Public Service Commission should not allow it.
Investing in renewables and energy efficiency is the right way to move Kentucky forward. It will bring jobs, health benefits and savings to citizens who currently bear the brunt of the plant's toxic emissions.
The Big Sandy coal plant should be retired. Don't waste ratepayers' money with an expensive Band-Aid retrofit.
Marcia L. Hopkins
Vote for Mossotti
The election for 9th District council is all about change for the better.
Our district is in great need of a representative who knows our district best. The person I hope the residents will support is none other than Jennifer Mossotti, who was a wonderful representative for our district in the past and will be in the future.
Mossotti is an exemplary citizen, who has foresight, listens to her constituents as well as taking care and consideration in her decision-making when it comes to improving our community.
Issues facing our city are critical and that is why we need a person who already has the knowledge and know-how to get things done. My vote goes to Mossotti.
Tired of GOP remarks
I was stunned by the claim of Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West that the Democratic members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — whose agenda includes universal health care, a higher minimum wage, higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires and a publicly funded election system that gets corporate money out of politics — were members of the Communist Party.
Several months ago when I could not listen any longer to Sens. Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and all the GOP candidates for president, I changed my registration from Republican. This caucus' agenda suits me perfectly, and my hope is that the people still without jobs or those who are being let go by the greedy executives with their big bonuses and small taxes, will use their vote to change what is so wrong. Someday it's going to change, don't give up.
I would highly recommend the election of state Rep. Stan Lee, who has represented the 45th District for 12 years. He is a Christian statesman who says what he means and means what he says. His values are not swayed by public opinion.
Join me in voting for Stan Lee.
Wayne B. Smith
How to create jobs
There are definitely five ways the federal government could add jobs.
1) Give American companies that have large operations overseas a one-time tax holiday for repatriation of funds. I understand that 60 percent of General Electric's revenues are generated outside the United States. Rather than spend up to a 35 percent tax rate to repatriate the profits, GE spends this money in China, India, et al, at practically no tax consequences. Many companies are caught in this dilemma.
2) The Environmental Protection Agency, Greenpeace, Sierra Club and others strongly oppose mountaintop-removal mining. It would be interesting to know how many jobs are involved, counting miners, coal truck and railroad haulers, tipple operators, loading dock workers and manufacturers of heavy equipment.
Cleared and level land could be used for farming, raising cattle and orchards. The sludge pits would have to be managed by regulators to prevent contamination of streams and protect local landowners.
3) Lift the moratorium and regulations on oil and gas drilling that have put thousands out of work.
4) Lift government restriction on laying oil and gas pipelines. President Barack Obama placed the Keystone XL Pipeline on hold, delaying creation of some 20,000 jobs.
5) The Labor Department has stopped Boeing's construction in the right-to-work state of South Carolina even though Boeing promised no layoffs in Washington state, where it reportedly has orders for 1,000 737s.
These are all shovel-ready projects.
Don C. Weller
Check the facts
With the campaign season kicking off, you will see and read numerous charges and counter-charges. It is difficult to tell truth from lies.
Remember Ronald Reagan said "trust, but verify." Well, I'd say verify first, trust if found truthful.
Here are three Web sites that can help you separate the wheat from the chaff. The first is Politifact.com, a site hosted by the Tampa Bay Times. The Truth-O-Meter on this Pulitzer Prize-winning site is a good visual aid.
The second is Factcheck.org. This one is from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
The last one is Snopes.com. This is the granddaddy of them all. They are useful in debunking urban legends and false propaganda that floods your email inbox. They came under attack by some political figures, but their competing fact-checking sites came to their defense by debunking the claims of those who wanted to discredit Snopes. They have passed the test of time, and they do credit their sources.
With any of these sites, finding the right keyword in the search field is important.
Good luck, and vote smart.
Guns, schools don't mix
I am writing to reply to an April 19 letter in which the author argued that allowing students to bring concealed weapons to school would lower the number of school shootings by allowing students to defend themselves. However, this position brings up a lot of concerns.
Shootings in schools are almost always carried out by a student of the involved school; giving every student access to a weapon in school would just increase the number of altercations ending in tragedy.
By giving every school student access to weapons you are just providing any volatile and hot-headed teenager the power to settle arguments in a violent fashion.
Schools are at little threat from unrelated adults entering the school since entrances are locked and visitors must be checked in.
Even with these precautions there is nothing that we can practically do to completely eliminate school shootings. Without going to TSA extremes and checking everyone for weapons every day,
The best way to prevent shootings is to decrease the reasons why a student would want to bring a gun to school.
Research has shown that about two-thirds of school shooters report having been bullied by peers. Making a school as inclusive and interesting as possible is our best bet for lowering the number of school shootings.