Court officers have blood on their hands
I am enraged after reading your recent article regarding a man being released from jail for a stint in rehab after running over his wife. My 84-year-old mentally incapacitated aunt was a victim. He was originally charged with 39 felonies in my aunt's case. I begged the Kanawha County prosecutor and Judge Kaufman to punish him with jail time. But the charges were reduced to misdemeanors and he was put on probation because "he has no priors, is bipolar and addicted to drugs."
I find it amazing that a criminal who has a wealthy Charleston attorney for a father can commit two heinous crimes within six months and the judicial system comes to his rescue. Does this criminal have to kill someone before he is considered dangerous? If this were anyone else, would they be sitting in rehab or would they be in jail?
Shame on Judge Kaufman. He has a responsibility to protect citizens against criminals. Mr. Carrico's minimizing the crimes against my aunt speaks volumes about his character and solidifies opinions about his profession. Prosecutor Mark Plants should do his job. The blood of this victim is on all of their hands.
There is no way to make coal 'clean'
As the slow, inevitable death of the coal industry in Appalachia progresses, we often hear the term "clean coal" used. Coal industry leaders, their lobbyists and the political leaders who have been bought by the coal industry would have us all believe the lie that there is, or ever could be, such a thing as "clean coal" technology.
Typically these groups like to cite carbon sequestration or the possibility of using coal as fuel stock for "cracker" plants where it wouldn't be burned at all, as steps leading to the "clean" use of coal.
There is no clean way to extract coal from the earth. Mining coal is filthy, dangerous work that destroys the health of those who do it. Dust and gases and various carcinogens that are exhausted from the process are spread into the air and onto every surface and into every stream within miles of mining operations. All who work and live in mining communities know firsthand of the dust and noise, and the high rate of disease and death.
Big Coal and those who do their bidding also know how dirty coal is; however, they choose to ignore this fact and hope that we all will as well. They hope the generations of families who have sacrificed their health and, sadly, their lives, will also ignore the filth so long as they have a job.
Their divisive tactics of blaming the government for a fictitious "war on coal" while ignoring safety regulations and striving to block new safety measures show just how little they think of the hardworking people who make them rich. There is no "clean coal."