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By Readers · March 18th, 2009 · Letters
Arrested Economy

I really enjoyed Larry Gross’ last Living Out Loud column about the suits (“Greed, Suits and Bailouts,” issue of March 11). I think he nailed it when he said not to expect the suits to have any kind of common sense or not know that it’s not business as usual.

I don’t know if you remember the television comedy Arrested Development, but Gross’ words reminded me of this show about the Bluth Family. They were rich but lost everything because of greed. They could never come to terms with that and continued on like it was “business as usual.”

It was very funny, but that was a comedy show. What’s happening now is real life; nobody’s laughing. — Ron Logan, Colerain Twp.

Drinking Coal Water

I grew up in Central Kentucky, an hour away from the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Margo Pierce’s article on mountaintop removal mining (“Leveling Appalachia,” issue of March 4) made me sick.

To destroy forests and pour toxic heavy metal waste into streams that empty at the Ohio River is aiming a gun to our heads.

And we wonder why the Tristate has a high cancer rate!

Fellow Kentuckian Ashley Judd has signed on with the Sierra Club to support the Clean Water Protection Act. Democratic Reps. John Yarmouth (Louisville) and Ben Chandler (Lexington) are also on board to stop this horrific practice of destroying grand mountains for all time.

The big majority that Democrats have in the House and the smaller one in the Senate mean there is a good chance of passing this bill. To the barricades, fellow progressives! Deluge Reps. Steve Driehaus and Jean Schmidt with mail!

Oh, you don’t live in Kentucky? You drink Ohio River water, don’t you? — Kathy Helmbock, Oakley

Coal Industry Too Entrenched

I’m curious if any of these new coal plants will be featuring new, cleaner technology so that older plants can be phased out? What are the facts surrounding the proposed coal plants and what are the plans for the older ones?

As much as I’d love to see it happen, coal isn’t going away any time in the next 10 to 20 years. The industry is too entrenched in the economy of these states. It’s great that steps are being taken to regulate the waste, and that should be the focus of the blog post rather than some vague “Filthy 15” name for which we don’t know the criteria.  — Farbenfeld (comment posted at citybeat.com in response to March 12 News blog post “Filthy 15”)

Abortion Without Worry!

Great! We now have a Secretary of Health and Human Services that believes in partial birth abortion! Now we can let the baby come out of the womb and stick a pipe through their brain without worrying about legal ramifications! — Pirates9 (comment posted at citybeat.com in response to March 2 News blog post “Sebilius Goes to Washington”)



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