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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

Respect beacon of liberty

It is so sad to see football players refusing to stand for our national anthem. Why would anyone show disrespect in this way?

It was Francis Scott Key who wrote the lyrics of our national anthem. Key was the founding member of the American Colonization Society, whose goal was to allow freed African slaves a homeland in Africa for those who wished to return to Africa. The American Colonization Society was successful in persuading the U.S. government to purchase land on the west coast of Africa,  now known by the name Liberia. There are citizens who can trace their ancestry back to America.

That man and this country have earned the right to be respected. People from around the world and from all races wish they could make America their home. The critics remain here because they know there is no better place to live.

Philip S. Lacy

Fort Wayne

 

CHEERS to the courteous young man in the Doolittle Electric T-shirt who paid for our breakfasts at Chrome Plated Diner on a recent chilly, drizzly morning. His kindness warmed our hearts.

STEVE and SUZANN ARMSTRONG

Fort Wayne

 

Costly Power Plan would have devastated economy

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt did a big favor for Indiana with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. This decision will spare Indiana from a massive regulation that would have weakened our power grid, increased electric bills and cost good-paying Hoosier jobs.

The plan was promoted as a way to reduce emissions said to contribute to global warming. But the reality was that the plan would have forced many coal-fired power plants into retirement – plants that provide more than 70 percent of Indiana's electricity. And those retirements wouldn't have delivered any significant environmental benefits, according to the EPA itself.

Fewer coal-fired power plants means less grid reliability. The result would have been a grid precariously dependent on limited fuel options, forcing Indiana to become reliant on out-of-state natural gas or intermittent wind and solar energy.

The Clean Power Plan was based on wishful thinking that renewable power would fill the gap left in the wake of massive coal-fired power plant closings. Wind and solar supply only 7 percent of the power Americans use – and you can't always transport in renewable power from sunny and windy regions outside of Indiana.

Worse, the plan would have raised electricity costs – a fact the Supreme Court homed in on when it stayed the regulation. Some economists concluded that new infrastructure to replace coal-fired power plants would have cost $64 billion – in addition to rising wholesale electricity costs that utilities would eventually pass on to customers. And then there was the effect on jobs. In Indiana, the estimates started at 22,000 jobs that rely on coal. 

Environmental activists will hammer Pruitt for rolling back this particular climate-change action. But the EPA's own predicted meager 0.018-degree Fahrenheit reduction in global temperature would have been so minuscule that the cost to our economy would have far, far outweighed the benefit. The Clean Power Plan would have been nothing more than the Costly Power Plan – and Hoosiers deserve better.

Bruce Stevens

President, Indiana Coal Council

'A reader for life'

Great job merging the two papers. I was concerned we were losing one of our great assets in Fort Wayne, two full-time papers, but the two editorial views were saved for everyone's gain. I love the different slants on the world in the same publication. Saturday's paper is a gem, with two pages of each paper's editorials to inform and entertain. I know it would be more work, but the same everyday would be great!

This kind of information lets us know that more than one angle exists to every story, and we are not alone in thinking the way we do. Sign me up as a reader for life.

Lynn Oetting

Fort Wayne