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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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Eliminate coal

Each year, pollution from coal-fired power plants causes 12,000 emergency-room visits and $100 billion in health-care costs. It also creates smog, which can cause chest pain, coughing, and breathing difficulties, and make such conditions as bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma worse or even fatal.

As an asthma sufferer, it hurts me to know that the University of Iowa uses a coal-fired plant to create its energy. We need to move beyond this, yet the focus of talk now is solely on jobs and our economy. What people fail to realize is that in the solar industry alone, there was a 6.8-percent increase in jobs compared with the 0.7-percent nationwide increase or the 2-percent decrease in jobs in the fossil-fuel industry. So for something that's bringing in revenue, is better for the health of our children and our environment, and is constantly replenished by nature, why are we still using coal as our main source for electricity?

To keep up with the energy needs, UI burns 16 pounds of coal per student per day. With 30,000 students at UI, that adds up to 480,000 pounds of coal burnt per day and hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon emissions into our atmosphere yearly.

Coal is dirty, unsafe, and unhealthy. It is simple scientific fact that from mining to burning to disposal, coal pollutes our air, land, and water at every stage of its cycle. There are cleaner and more sustainable solutions, and we need to act to protect our children. Let's urge the UI to commit to stop burning coal by 2020 by signing the petition on change.org.

Sharon Sanghez
UI student

Endorsements for C'ville Council

I encourage others to join me on Nov. 8 in support of the re-election of Jim Fausett as our capable mayor of Coralville, Mitch Gross for City Council, and for the election of Lynn Snyder for the Coralville council.

Lifelong resident Snyder, like Fausett and Gross, is an expert at supplying her volunteer labor and fiscal support to the Coralville community in working on one community activity and board after another. These strong community contributors are to be seen at work at RAGBRAI, the Fry Fest, and the Coralville July Fourth celebration to name a few. Their work has supported a varied selection of community activities for all ages.

With citizens such as these, Coralville has a great recreation center serving all ages, a collaboration with Iowa City School District providing recreational opportunities using school-gym facilities, a beautiful youth and adult sports complex, senior services that draw people from out of the county, transportation services including free bus service for the elderly, a beautiful new library with good service hours and special events for all ages, a new fire station, the wonderful Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, and even a recently opened gorgeous walking track at the beautiful Iowa River Landing.

Eve Casserly
Coralville resident


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