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Not our business

November 28, 2006

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To the editor:

I notice that we are busy sticking our noses into other people's business once again. I guess it would be foolish to point out that we will be no more affected by a new coal-fired power plant in western Kansas than the tens of millions of other people living east of it. Why do we feel especially empowered to make a community response, and how sure are we that the response represents the wishes of the community as a whole and not just a small vocal portion of it?

There are many jobs on the line. Western Kansas is not exactly job rich. I am so glad that we have probably alienated the many legislators from out west who consider this opportunity very important to their constituents. I can only hope that they do not make our lives more interesting in the future.

You know, if we really had the courage of our convictions, then we would tax ourselves to send money to western Kansas to support job creation there as an alternative to the plant. But we already have ours so we can contentedly place hypersensitive environmental concerns ahead of the real and immediate needs of others. Good on us!

Jeanette Lippencott,

Lawrence

Comments

pelliott 8 years, 1 month ago

I think it is not your business , keep your opinions to yourself. If the politicians we elect are in the business to make a sham of the public comments for the big utility companies issues, then we need to investigate that. I remember when i lived in Wichita, one guy who opposed some huge lines running across the middle of his property rather than the edge, got his water ponds poisoned. Yes it was the utility company guys. You say the legislatures are going to retaliate for public comments, this makes you think what we should shut up. Then I think you should mind your own business and be careful, anytime you say something that someone else doesn't like boy I want to live in fear, I want a foot over my neck for the rest of my life. Continued silence for jobs, isn't my duty, continued silence over pollution isn't my duty. To keep silent in case elected officials corrupt the public comments procedures is your job, I think corruption hurts business. Maybe some elected official will do that. A lot of them know it is wrong. My business, keep the decent ones in.. So my opinion, keep YOUR mouth shut, mind your own business. Of course, people have died for the your right to speak up.

commuter 8 years, 1 month ago

Your are wroing. It is the great and power Rundle's business. He needs to be in everyone business because he is the great and powerful Rundle.

Women lock up all the males you know because the great and Powerful Rundle might want them. You are helpless to go against the GREAT AND Powerful Rundle.

matsofatso 8 years, 1 month ago

I disagree. It is our responsibility to speak up for our brothers and sisters in Western Kansas. In areas where there are lower population densities, you will find land owners and ranchers, not coal plant technicians awaiting jobs. The issue here is not about adding a few new jobs to that region, but to address the issue of the Wind Farm vs. Coal Power debate, and to level the playing field for viable energy alternatives. This is an issue that is key to the future of the Kansas energy industry. If there is one thing that is plentiful in western Kansas, it's wind. Let's harness it. The real beneficiaries of Wind Farm inititiatives are the land owners and ranchers. Those are the people we should be sticking up for.

Matthew D. Miner

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

Comments are flowing in from around the state NOT in support. A Rally is planned Dec 2 at the capitol building 11 AM

pelliott 8 years, 1 month ago

If we charged the same fees, by the ton, coal energy sources dump in the air that is charged to dump onto a landfill, that would level a lot of the playing field. Using the air free, and distributing the tonnage across other people's land with no compensation is very traditional. Add on the long term cost of pollution and increasing cost of maintaining traditional sources then it gets very interesting. you would be stunned. Through health costs, increased vulnerability to single source, what ends up burning, or burn baby burn is our dollars, our land, our water, heck baby is right, kids are really effected by these hidden costs, short sighted get the utility companies rich schemes. Their profits aren't ours. While I am sure you are ready to sacrifice water land air and market choices to the beloved utility company, I don't want to. duh

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