Blame it on drop in manufacturing
I’ve seen a lot of finger-pointing lately toward the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which was created to protect our environment, including the air we breathe and the water we drink. I’d hate to see what our environment would be like without the EPA.
By being a boilermaker who occassionally works at the Big Sandy Power Plant, I also am affected by the plant’s closing. However, I’m not going to blame the EPA for its closing, although I’m tempted to. And I’m certainly not going to blame State Rep. Rocky Adkins for not doing enough to save the plant.
While I’m disappointed with the decision by Kentucky Power Co. and American Electric Power, I understand it’s a business decision by a for-profit company (AEP). AEP through Kentucky Power was seeking approval from the Kentucky Public Service Commission for a 31 percent increase in our electric bills to pay for the new environmental controls ($1 billion) at the Big Sandy plant.
Clearly, that request was not going to be approved, so AEP decided to purchase electricity for Kentucky Power from from the Mitchell Plant in West Virginia, thus costing Kentucky Power customers only a 6 percenrt increase in their elecric rates. It was the right decision for AEP.
Natural gas prices have dropped so much it’s more profitable to build plants that burn this gas instead of coal to create our electricity.
Coal companies must ship our coal overseas to countries that apparently have fewer environmental regulations. Why are China, India and other countries building new coal-burning plants while we’re shutting them down?
Manufacturing is the grease that keeps our communities’ economy running smoothly. If you want to point your finger at what the real problem is then point it in the right direction — the lack of manufacturing!
Terry Sexton, Grayson
Blame it on drop in manufacturing
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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