Letters to the Editor

Health concerns

August 11, 2010


To the editor:

If we want our health negatively affected let’s go for the coal-fired power plant which, according to Physicians for Social Responsibility, will bring us cancer, strokes, respiratory diseases, etc.

Despite the tremendous pollution that it will generate, what we will not get in Kansas from such power plant is significant energy.

Patrick Suzeau,



cato_the_elder 7 years, 8 months ago

"Physicians for Social Responsibility," a group of hard-left social activists, is the functional equivalent of the Flat Earth Society. The letter writer wins the weekly award for gullibility.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure with that comment, you've shamed the writer of this LTE to run all of his thoughts through your filter of ideological purity, and facts be damned.

devobrun 7 years, 8 months ago

Facts, bozo? You mean statistical inference facts? Probabilistic facts? The best that we have, politically motivated facts?

We don't know, bozo. Neither the LTE writer nor Cato knows. But you both believe, therefore the facts are the facts.....kinda like Aristotle's influence on Bartholomew and his trial of Galileo "facts".

Coal-fired plants cause stroke, heart disease, and cancer. As opposed to what? Infinite life? You are gonna die from something, bozo. What is it? Power plants, mass-produced food? Chlorine and fluorine laced water? Aspartame, corn syrup? Charcoal grilled meat, Kansas sun? How 'bout syphilis, TB? Or wound infection? Or maybe malaria?

In terms of historic life.....we live forever.
You ingrate. You whiny wimp. You probably have already outlived the average person of 70 years ago. But it isn't good enough, is it. You want immortality, you don't wanna die from anything, ever. You want a world devoid of death. Sorry, bozo, we all die. Of something. Which can be statistically linked to something.

Show up, bozo. Do the job, bozo. Shut up and live and enjoy the fruits of the labor supplanted by coal-fired power plants.

Or shut off your air conditioner now. Walk outside and live in this heat. No, you can't go to the library. No, you can't go the hospital when you get dehydrated. No, you must live in a world devoid of the risks of modern society. And accept the risks of the old world.

I like coal-fired electric plants. It is cool in my room. If I die from a stroke tomorrow, I have lived comfortably and happy in the world that coal afforded.

Turn off your AC or shut up.

kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

The Physicians for Social Responsibility have been around since 1961, the year President Obama was born; I seriously doubt he had much influence over them.


rtwngr 7 years, 8 months ago

I think cough that a coal wheez fired plant cough hack is not dangerous.

kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps investing in some stock for inhalers might be financially prudent.

kernal 7 years, 8 months ago

Had a vision of you doing Gilda Radner's skit from Saturday Night Live when she put her mouth over an exhaust pipe.

Ken Lassman 7 years, 8 months ago

Anyone care to actually talk about the real numbers that Mr. Suzeau AND the Physicians for Social Responsibility are concerned about? These figures below are provided by none other than Sunflower Electric Power in their application for the new power plant:

Hazardous Air Pollutant Number of tons per year requested in permit (as defined by the EPA) Nitrogen oxides 1,914 tons/year Carbon monoxide 4,579 Sulfur dioxide 3,240 Volatile Organ. Compounds 119.4 Partculates 512 Part. less than 10 mic. 748 Part. less than 2.5 727 H2SO4 141 Mercury 0.078 Lead 0.53

Sure seems to me to be a legitimate point for discussion. Then there's the yet-to-be-but-soon-to-be-controlled CO2 emissions that Sunflower is so desparately trying to grandfather itself out of. Reminds me of all of the mafia dumping of hazardous wastes right before they raised the bar on pollutants....in your face with no regards as to the consequences long term.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 8 months ago

Why do so many support a plan that will suck up soooooo many big government tax dollars for expensive construction and insurance costs? This is reckless spending of tax dollars.

The better bang for the tax bucks are solar,wind and hydropower. Not only does pay back time come a much accelerated rate jobs form these sources will be felt throughout the state. Kansas needs more jobs for the tax buck not fewer.

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