Letters to the editor, January 9
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Updated: February 10, 2013 6:08AM
Coal gasification plant smart for the state’s economy
I would like to commend Lincolnland Economic Development Corp. for finding the perfect fit in a company for our state. The coal gasification plant planned will really help our state in a lot of ways.
When Indiana’s coal mines shut down in the ’90s, a lot of Hoosiers lost their jobs. When our local pottery shut down, Rockport lost big-time. All the people working there had to find work elsewhere. Like the coal miners, most had to drive to work in other counties. These people have the right to work in their home area.
Coal has always been a big part of the livelihood in Indiana. Coal can be used without harm to our health. This plant has proven its intent to use state-of-the-art procedures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the citizens. The plant will also help secure good paying jobs for future generations as well as keep our schools and county projects on a high plateau. Most people opposed to the project seem to be those who are not in danger of losing their jobs. Nor are they concerned with driving 70-plus miles a day.
There is always opposition to progress. When Interstate 69 started to become a reality, the same people against the coal gasification project started crying, “Save the planet!” I’m sorry, but I would rather see our children have good schools and employment at home than to worry about the snail darters losing their domain.
The project adjacent to the new U.S. 231 will bring new birth and wealth to Indiana, Spencer County and Rockport. Let’s not be foolish and turn away when opportunity is knocking at our door.
Thanks to participants in golf outing for funds raised
I would like to thank all the volunteers, participants and contributors at the first Sam Moore Memorial Golf Outing held Sept. 29. The outing resulted in a very special day for a very special young man.
The profits of the outing are placed in the Sam Moore “Big Heart” foundation. Each year two Hobart High School students will receive a scholarship in Sam’s name to further their education. The event raised $7,829.26.
I hope to see everyone again on Aug. 10 at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Hobart. Remember to live, laugh and love.
Thanks to churches that remember the elderly
This is to congratulate all churches in our area that seem to consider the elderly, especially the handicapped, for providing wheelchair ramps or elevators to the auditorium and restrooms on the same floor level. We do thank you very much.
Plus, to all churches, please don’t forget to install a clothes hanger on the wall in every handicapped stall.
Thanks again for your much needed consideration.