Editorials

EPA can grind coal into dust

It would be nice to expect that Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson's resignation means relief for everyone who depends on low-cost electric power. It does not, sadly. President Barack Obama's war on coal will continue.Jackson led the EPA throughout President Obama's first term, and ramped up efforts to wreck the coal industry and thus, force electricity prices up for tens of millions of Americans. Jackson's agency also took other action, including rejection of surface-mining…
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Open gov’t always good

We'd like to see local governments and schools start the year off on the right foot by showing their commitment to openness, freedom of information and following state law.Last year, on Feb. 2, a new state Disclosure of Records law went into effect. The law requires governments and schools to make documents that will be discussed at a meeting available before the meeting upon request or on a municipal website.Many have been obeying the law,…
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Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To government waste. You don't have to go far to see an example of taxpayers' dollars foolishly managed by elected representatives. More than 15 years ago, $70 million was spent to build Turboliners that were going to be a part of a plan for high-speed rail transportation. You may have seen them sitting outside at the Glenville Industrial Park as you drove by, wondering why they were there. As years passed, they became…
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Deal failed to cut spending

Clearly, President Barack Obama and his supporters in Congress won the public relations battle over the "fiscal cliff." Legislation approved on New Year's Day gave the president most of what he wanted, including tax increases.But what it did not do was address government deficit spending in any meaningful way. Obama got tax increases averaging about $62 billion a year over the coming decade.Compare that to the annual budget deficit, which is expected to top $1…
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Tax increase will be painful

The nation avoided going over the so-called "fiscal cliff," but not without injury.In the 11th-hour deal, Congress failed to renew the 2 percent decrease in the Social Security payroll tax, which means taxes will go up for everyone who gets a paycheck.The Social Security tax is deducted from the paycheck of every wage earner. The expiring tax reduction will cost people with a median household income of $50,000 about $1,000 more annually. A person earning…
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Gov’t lacks accountability

Truly enormous sums of money are wasted by the federal government. Merely lessening the amount flushed down the toilet that is Washington, D.C., would help ease the nation's deficit spending problem.But there is a vast difference between how the government operates and how private businesses handle the mistakes that are made there. In the private sector, people are held accountable for sloppiness.About $214 million has been spent on a sophisticated new security system at the…
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