The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 1, 2014

Keep your hope and change

The power plant at Shamokin Dam has closed its doors. Sure, they plan to startup a natural gas plant in the future, which will take years by the way, but here’s the paradox: The same people who don’t cotton to coal-fired plants don’t like where they want to put the gas lines either. Some folks you just can’t please, I suppose.

 I recall the promises of our president on his campaign. “Hope and Change” over and over again. “We’re for good paying jobs and working families.” What a bunch of hooey!

Promises? Well more than 150 “working families” have since lost their livelihoods, not to mention the tax base for Shamokin Dam, the half-percent income tax to all the respective local municipalities where you live, truckers, railroad workers, miners, hotel and restaurant workers and rental equipment. Yes, it affects us all, not just the employees who are now out on the street.

On your next trip to the Susquehanna River, take a good, hard look at those four cold stacks. Stacks that provided billions in revenue to the area. Looks like President Obama finally, finally kept a promise.

Make it, through government regulations and fees, too expensive for coal plants to operate. Good job, Mr. President, good job!

Hope? Change? Well, all of our hope just went up those four cold stacks. And as for the “change?” Well, Mr. President, you can keep it.

David A. Morgan,

Fishers Ferry

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