Opinion Line (July 12)

07/12/2013 12:00 AM

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Does it make sense to build a coal-fired electric plant in southwest Kansas that will require massive importing of coal? And the resulting pollution will spread from west to east, while the state sits on one of the largest clean-burning natural-gas deposits in the country.

I wondered how long it would take for oil company critics to complain about the drop in gas prices (July 9 Opinion Line). Perhaps some economic education would be helpful in understanding what affects how prices rise and fall.

People see North Korea as a remnant of an old totalitarian world. What about the NSA’s program of mass surveillance, the efforts here to suppress voter turnout, the growing ignorance and indifference of our population? Let’s consider the possibility that North Korea may instead be a harbinger of things to come.

I want to see President Obama and his kids on Obamacare. Then I’ll be happy.

I see that Rick Perry is doing Texas a big favor and not running for governor again in 2014. I think his buddy Sam Brownback should follow his example and get out, too.

Why is there a double standard when actor Alec Baldwin can get away with calling a male reporter a “queen,” among other things, and Paula Deen gets tarred and feathered for her alleged insensitivities?

Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from willing workers and give to those who will not.

No, Charles Koch, unlicensed barbers, taxi drivers, electricians, etc., do not make for a better society. Quality education for all, even the poorest citizens, uplifts us as a nation. The only way to improve yourself is through education.

Koch says we’d be wealthier with no minimum wage. If so, then why did we never see any rich slaves?

Years ago a public school administrator told me kids had to learn to be dishonest in order to survive in today’s world. I was in total disagreement, but now I understand. Evidently, honesty is no longer the best policy.

At 63, I find the “magic” of fireworks has lost much of its allure. I still enjoy the spectacular, colorful displays, but the associated booms and bangs remind me of terrorism and the awful noises of war that people experience or fear. Is there not a better way to celebrate?

The critics are all wrong. “The Lone Ranger” is thoroughly entertaining. Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were the right choices.

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