Something jumped off the page at me recently when reading Stan Humphries’ report from Frankfort, under the heading of NEWS, in last week’s Cadiz Record. Almost half of our rookie senator’s page was devoted, unashamedly, to a direct quote from the American Coal Association extolling the virtues of, what else, coal.
This space in local papers is given to our elected representatives to report to their constituents, all of us, about how they’re spending our tax money in Frankfort. So, instead of an open-minded assessment of our energy needs and problems, and clearheaded ways of addressing energy independence for the future, Mr. Humphries simply hands over his NEWS column to the American Coal Association for their opinion.
Will we forever continue to permit, and pay, our politicians to openly promote their REAL constituents, like BigCoal? I will say I voted for Mr. Humphries and, after only a few months into his first term, I think we can agree that Stan would have served his home community much more effectively by staying right here instead of going to Frankfort and being employed immediately by the companies knocking the tops off mountains and filling in valleys in the other end of our state. (FYI, coal mining employs much less than 1 percent of our state’s workforce and, when factoring in hundreds of millions in subsidies and clean-up costs, BigCoal has a NEGATIVE impact on the state’s budget, not to mention the impact on the air and water if one is downwind and downstream of a coal-fired power plant, and not to mention the impact of making beautiful places like Black Mountain disappear forever.)
*Figures are from the website for the Mountain Association for Community Development in Berea.
David Mize, Cadiz