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Letters to the Editor 9/14/17

According to the Illinois State Geological Survey, approximately one-third of the coal mined in Illinois is burned in Illinois power plants; much of the rest is shipped to power plants in other states.


Reading the Sept. 7 “Guestwork” column by Rep. John Cabello (see “Coal critical to power future in Illinois” at illinoistimes.com, I wondered if Rep. Cabello was bought or simply hoodwinked. His arguments make little sense.

The regulations he despises are there to prevent pollution, not just carbon dioxide. Coal is the dirtiest, nastiest form of energy production there is. He is correct that we need varied sources of energy production, but we already have that. Besides coal we have natural gas and nuclear.

He claims that coal is superior to natural gas because you can store coal on-site, but I’ve only lost gas once in my 65 years when a worker punctured a gas line down the street and the gas company shut it off for half an hour for safety. Power goes out all the time.

Natural gas almost never goes out, unlike electricity. So much so that the Illinois Secretary of State’s big mainframe computer that connects all the state police cars has two big gas generators for when the electricity goes out. Because, unlike electricity, gas is dependable.

When the tornadoes hit a decade ago, I was out of power for a week and people had no phone, cable or internet for a month. But my stove still worked.

Coal is dying because natural gas is cheaper and cleaner. And Illinois has more nuclear plants than any other state. Our paltry use of wind and solar should not bother the representative. I suggest he not take everything someone says seriously and without thinking, especially if they have a dog in the fight.

Steve McGrew

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23.

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.

The celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside a weeke in September annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In celebration of Constitution Week, the Sgt. Caleb Hopkins Chapter of the DAR will ring bells Sept. 17 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church for 2 minutes and 30 seconds for the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Patricia J. Reichart

With phones, internet, 24-hour news stations and social media, Americans can get news 24/7. Unfortunately, despite the many options Americans have available from which to get their news, most Americans only follow one or two news outlets, getting their information from a small circle of the same news organizations with the same political biases.

Since phones, internet and television are going nowhere soon, perhaps it is time for individual Americans to take it upon themselves to get their news from a variety of news outlets with different political points of view.

Though you may not ever agree with your opponents, listening will at least help you realize they are human and a middle ground can be reached. Ordinary Americans who listen to various points of view can have a drastic influence on the country. These Americans may vote for reasonable, moderate candidates, who hold true to their principles while recognizing that compromises must be made. Who knows? Maybe listening to the other side can even break political gridlock in America at all levels of government.

Zachary Miller


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