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Coal is not Kentucky’s future
It seems every level of state government is endorsing coal mining. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have spoken out against federal regulations imposed on the coal industry by the Environmental Protection Agency. Local leaders attended a FACES of Coal press conference Friday in Elizabethtown. Again the theme was that the EPA is endangering Kentucky’s future by requiring full compliance with federal law to obtain a permit to mine Appalachian coal. Here are the facts these coal advocates have avoided:
Kentucky has paid a tremendous price to generate America’s electricity. It has sacrificed hundreds of men and boys in coal mines while coal interests said mine safety laws were unreasonable. It has sacrificed acres of beautiful landscapes and streams. It has sacrificed the health and safety of people in polluted air and water to the point where Kentucky is one of the most unhealthy states.
Kentucky doesn’t need to continue to sacrifice children’s future on the folly of cheap electricity.
James R. Fugitte
We need stronger penalties
I believe them when the “National board says state is not doing enough to combat impaired motorists.” I know the 1988 crash was a bad one, but the state has not done enough to stop this habit. There have been more deaths, but never as many at one time. I feel the state should be more strict on offenders so they will not drink and drive again after their first DUI arrest. I feel if a person is caught a second time it should be jail time and maybe they will open their eyes and see if it is worth the time in jail. When I read the DUI offenses in the paper, all they get is a slap on the hand and the court tells them to not do it again. The court should put some teeth in the system and lock them up, and charge another fine. A fine and jail time will never bring a loved one back. Please enforce a stiffer penalty for a second DUI offense. Remember the families of the dead.