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Still confused

August 19, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

I read a letter stating that the Obama administration's "War on Coal" is bogus and yet a federal court in Washington, D.C. ruled in favor of West Virginia in a lawsuit against the EPA for blocking our mine permits. The judge said the EPA was out of line and acted unlawfully. The EPA had "overstepped its statutory authority." Coal miners are losing jobs and power plants are scheduled to be shut down because of EPA regulations. Is there a "War on Coal" or is it bogus like the lady says? I'm confused.

How about the controversy locally? Hancock County BOE wants to build a health center at the new grade school in Weirton. CHANGE Inc. will also be involved. It was believed WMC was on board and in agreement. But they said they are not. I don't remember anything being said about a health center during the school bond levy issue. Now we're going to get another million dollar grant of taxpayers' money and then the two government entities can take over health care from the WMC. All this at taxpayers' expense. Why do we really need more government involvement using our tax dollars and taking business from the private sector? I'm confused!

And now the last issue. The new sports complexes that are in use and available (for a fee?) Surprise! Even a controversy of who can use it first. Well at least we got them ready in time for the start of the season. It's just a shame that we couldn't get the classroom upgrades completed (that were funded in the same bond issue) in time for school to start so now some of the students will be starting class later than others or learning while the construction continues. I have to question our priorities (sports versus education.) Remember the slogan was "Do it for the kids." I'm still confused.

Charlie Mitchell


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