Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 14, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Don’t blame EPA for coal’s decline

I have read recently about the United for Coal pray chain rally that is going to take place on U.S. 23.

I’m glad these miners are showing solidarity with each other, but I would rather them show solidarity against their greedy corporate bosses than against a federal agency that is trying to protect their health.

Recent studies have shown that it is cheap natural gas and coal reserves out west that are causing the decline of coal here, not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Why not pray for those workers, retirees and their families that Patriot Coal is trying to bilk out of their rightfully earned health and pension benefits?

Why not pray for a new and better economy in Appalachia and the end of corporate exploitation here?  It isn't coal that needs our help. We need to stand up for the people whose health is affected by pollution and workers who are treated unfairly by an industry that controls our politicians.

We need pray and we need action, but the wealthy CEOs of coal companies need not be the focus of our solidarity.

Dan Taylor, Huntington, W.Va.

Our children will inherit huge debt

Regarding the national debt, if you passed the third grade, you learned long division, so this should be no problem for you.

Last I checked, our National Debt is a bit over $16 trillion and our population is a bit over 300 million. So, dividing the debt by the population gives you the share each person owes of the debt. That turns out to be roughly $51,747.  As the debt is to go up another trillion in the coming year, it will grow another $3,209 to $54,956

If you think our children and grandchildren will be able to pay down this debt until they can afford the interest, you are more optimistic than I am. I think the government will have to eventually devalue the dollar, slashing the value of any savings you may have and increasing the price of everything you need to live on.

You are stuck with this bill and the economic disaster it will cause. If we don’t do something drastic and soon, $8 per gallon for gas and $10 per loaf of bread will be the bargains after devaluation. (I hope your kids like pinto beans and rice as much as I do!)

 Like I said, it’s only third grade arithmetic. But wait, the minimum wage will need to go to $20-$25 an hour, so folks can live and there won’t be riots in the streets. How many jobs will be left in this country then?   

Paul Woods, Ironton

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