The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation's top carbon dioxide emitters, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga.
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I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, which, at the time, had the highest rate of tuberculosis in Europe. My best friend and my brother developed TB.
Kids were shipped to clinics in Switzerland to be cured. The cause? Coal. Every tenement in Glasgow was heated by coal. When the weather was right, smog made it impossible to see. When you came home from school, your face was black around your eyes, your nose was plugged with soot, and if your clothes would be soot-covered.
The government banned the use of sulfur coal, and only anthracite coal could be used. Glasgow was one of the most industrialized cities in Europe, but is now one of the finest smog-free cities in Europe.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt wants to put America back to the dark ages, while the rest of the world goes forward.
Toledo is distressed? No kidding
The Blade reported that Toledo is the fifth most-distressed city in America. People are going, and no one is coming (Oct. 8, ‘’Toledo mired in distress”).
Of course, Lucas County commissioners thumbed their noses at the current administration in Washington. Perhaps building connections could’ve helped in our water problems.
Most people in Toledo won’t roll the dice with the water coming out of the lake and opt to buy bottled water. I’m sure Toledo officials stock up on bottled water as well.
Who in their right mind would want to relocate to Toledo and be condemned to a lifetime of purchasing bottled drinking water? It’s bad enough we have to bathe and wash dishes in it.
The poor don’t have the luxury of buying bottled water, and the politicians know that, statistically, the poor don’t vote in large numbers, so the sense of urgency just isn’t there.
Remember Kroger at the ballot box
I totally agree with the Oct. 11 letter writer who stated that Tom Waniewski’s loss was due to his spearheading the Kroger deal (‘‘Simple answer for Waniewski’s loss”).
On Election Day, voters should also remember the council members who voted for the proposal.
The maneuvering that Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson did to get the dissenting two members removed should also be a factor in deciding how to vote for mayor.
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