Archive | Letters to the Editor

Letter: Earthquake hazard hinders sensibility of coal-to-diesel plant

In the October 22nd issue of the Spencer County Leader, Dr. Stephen Obermeier published an article titled, “The Wabash Valley Seismic Zone:  A significant hazard to the Dubois-Spencer County Area”.  Dr. Obermeier, a retired research engineer/geologist with the United States Geological Survey and author of numerous articles on earthquake hazard and risk, has many years of […]

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Opinion: Economic policies stuck in the 1960s

The year 1971 was important for economic development in Indiana. For in that year, the actual number of jobs created in firms attracted directly by government policies declined. In 1971, the U.S. economy chugged along well, and overall job creation in Indiana was strong. However, we lost jobs among those businesses who produce goods and […]

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Letter: Senator Braun: Climate solutions start at home

Our Senator Mike Braun from Jasper recently introduced a bipartisan caucus to mitigate climate change. He can start by keeping Riverview from building their coal-to-diesel plant in Dale. Riverview’s plant will emit over 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gases each year. This is more than all the passenger cars in Dubois, Spencer, Perry, Posey, Vanderburgh, Gibson, Warrick […]

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Letter: Fighting for Hoosier students

On November 19th, I will be joining thousands of educators and supporters from across Indiana to stand up for Public Education at the Statehouse.  This occurs on Organization Day, a time when legislators return to Indianapolis to plan the 2020 session.  After a decade of disrespect, defunding, and demoralization, the Indiana Legislature has forced educators […]

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Letter: Coal mine proposal removes protections for property owners

Coal mining is and has always been allowed in Spencer County. A company wanting to open a mine simply must submit the required paperwork and go before the Spencer County Board of Zoning Appeals. The board consists of five Spencer County residents who are your neighbors, friends, or perhaps your children’s’ basketball coach. They are […]

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Letter: Coal-to-diesel success dependant on local economic assistance and federal funding

Regarding: “Clean-coal innovations are the next chapter in America’s energy future.” It’s author, Greg Merle was rejected in Vermillion County after six long years of empty promises so he came to Spencer County where it was tradition to accept any sort of polluting project that offered a feather in the cap of the LincolnLand Economic […]

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Letter: Voters should consider local candidates on their merits, not national ideals

“Who is on my ballot?” “Who can have the most positive impact on my livelihood and community?” These are the questions that must be asked by voters. New York candidates are not on any Hoosier’s ballot. California candidates are not on your local ballot. Kentucky candidates are not on any voter’s ballot in Indiana. As […]

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