Sept. 24 Letters to the Editor
Obama and Benghazi
I was so insulted and quite perturbed by the “Get Obama Out of Office” letter published Sept. 18. I can’t believe that someone would actually accuse Obama of simply overlooking and doing basically nothing in regards to Benghazi and the deaths of four Americans. Obama did way more than just “host a dinner and play golf” in the Benghazi aftermath. Clearly, Obama spent the entire night of the Benghazi attacks cleverly crafting the “a spontaneous reaction to a video” line with Hillary and Rice, ignoring initial reports from the ground and Panetta that it was terrorism, and spent the next day laughing it up and fundraising in Las Vegas.
Consider the source
For those undecided on the Millennium coal project, consider the track record of the opponents. Remember the spotted owl? These are the same folks who destroyed the timber industry in the 1980s and 1990s, eliminating millions of tax dollars that used to flow to our state and local governments and leaving the industry a shell of what it once was.
How about our recent PUD rate increases? The same folks again, who think expensive power from wind farms and solar panels is somehow better than the inexpensive hydropower we have in abundance.
How about climate change? Yep, same folks again. They want to punish us with a carbon tax for driving our cars and manufacturing items that people like to use.
The list goes on and on. They are so wrong so often, how can they be taken seriously?
Coal: Family unfriendly
I question the common sense of some of the letter writers who issue their opinions via TDN’s letters to the editor.
One lady stated that if you can’t see the coal dust wafting off of passing coal cars, it isn’t there. One gentleman suggested that the amount of potential coal funds designated toward our school systems would relieve us taxpayers to a good percentage. Others cry “Shame!” at those who would fight the development of coal exports from the Port of Longview if it “could add 135 permanent jobs to this community.” My response to all of the above is: Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Cumulative effects of many micro-biological, or particulate matters can infect, debilitate and kill human beings. The 130 new jobs could not possibly so affect our present economy in such a way that this city would prosper greatly. Tax funds for schools can’t in any way protect the lungs of our children from already bad air. Those who do not yet know that this area has deplorable air pollution and chronic asthmatic medical issue need to do some research. Our pioneer forefathers who came here and stayed here did so because this region was beautiful, bountiful, and blessed with potential for their families. Those who were greedy went on to California or Alaska to the gold fields. Well, fellow citizens, this is not just about us, it is about the other guy and a healthy safe place to nurture families. Will we continue to attract those families?
Vonda Kay Brock
Living under a cloud
My husband and I attended the coal rally in Longview. The stories on why we must not allow those handful of filthy rich businessmen to destroy our state to sell to foreign countries were spot on. All you need to do is look at coal ports in other states and countries. It is a total, ugly nightmare. The cheers of jobs have faded away, the numbers of real jobs are now few. People, plant life and wildlife are sick and dying. What is left is destruction. Hell on earth. The CO2 emissions are pure death. Longview, once called one of the most beautiful cities, needs family wage jobs, so why not court businesses like Costco and Trader Joe’s to our area? They offer solid, family wage jobs with benefits and they do not kill you in the process. We can keep what is left of our fresh air, green trees, rivers, fish, our lungs and livers, and not have to live in a deadly cloud of coal dust.