Letters to the Editor

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June 20, 2008


To the editor:

In response to Tom Bates' letter of June 13, I'll tell you whose future Gov. Sebelius is protecting: everyone's for many years to come.

It's time we realize we must change how we live. Anyone willing to continue jeopardizing our planet's future is risking everyone's future for short-term solutions. There are choices.

To place greater emphasis on jobs and wallets than on livability of our land for future generations indicates a willingness to travel the easy road. There is no easy solution. To insinuate jobs at coal-fired power plants are the best solution exposes a lack of creativity. Take off the blinders and be creative. Coal-fired plants are not the best solution, only the easiest and quickest.

To say they'll be the cleanest burning plants ignores the reality they would still damage our air and land beyond recovery. How much are you willing to barter for short-term solutions? Apply your energy to other solutions: wind, solar and nuclear.

You're sounding like the "Bushies" - willing to run up astronomical deficits to put more money in a few wallets and then let future generations find solutions or suffer the consequences.

Start thinking of someone other than yourselves. Kansas has far more people behind them 100 percent than you're willing to acknowledge.

Livability of our land is far more important than money in our wallets. These changes are inevitable and the sooner we begin, the easier the road we travel.

Charley Crabtree


Stephen Roberts 9 years, 11 months ago

If Governor was doing doing what you say, why doesn't she do something to close the Lawrence plant? Isn't the worst polluter in the state?

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Nuclear Power and Coal are the most expensive sources of electricity and spend tons of money on politicians. I thought the general consensus is neither corporate america nor their politicians can be trusted.Why buy in to the propaganda?

Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Before it can be closed existing hydropower must be allowed to expand,bring on geo thermal and/or create a field of solar panels on the coal palnt property. ORRRR get on with wind power in prime western Kansas and allow Lawrence citizens to purchase wind power plus expand bowersock power GO LOCAL!

jafs 9 years, 11 months ago

I wonder why conservation is discussed so little - our "energy needs" are not a fixed item.Simple changes in lifestyle can reduce our consumption and the corresponding damage to the environment, while saving money at the same time.We can do this right now, without waiting for government or private business to come up with alternatives.

canyon_wren 9 years, 11 months ago

Great letter that needed to be written! Unfortunately, most people won't be convinced. You are lucky to have someone like Gov. Sebelius in Kansas--and I am not a Democrat by any stretch of the imagination.

Bob Hechlor 9 years, 11 months ago

Here is a link to an article by Fred Krupp, who is the president of the environmental defense fund. It demonstrates how 8 coal plants that were planned in Texas were defeated, in favor of using more advanced methods of producing energy. http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?contentID:Mr. Krupp has more than 20 years in looking at alternative forms of energy production. He clearly says that advancements are here. When we stop subsidizing current energy producers and if you factor in the costs of the destruction of the environment caused by carbon based energy, there is no question that clean energy is cost effective and that only clean energy insures that we will be able to continue to have a viable economy. To continue to use the current types of energy production is a form of suicide and the window for taking care of this is imminent. We cannot even afford to stay in denial and persist in present strategies. He shared on Charlie Rose that we have about 1 1/2 years to get a clean program underway. Fortunately, our do nothing president is on the way out and either of the two candidates will do more than he did. Obama will be more aggressive in cleaning up the environment and making use of the new technologies. It so happens that the new technologies will do more to help promote new jobs and improve the standing of the USA in the world, so there really isn't a down side. The new ideas will come from scientists, engineers, techies and small operators, not from entrenched large corporations who naturally want to maintain their status quo hold on the consumers. They are not bad people, just have bad objectives which will not help us now. Sebelius is not evil or a communist. She just has educated herself enough to know what is realistically needed.

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