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May 12, 2008

Kansas coal-plant politics

Many of our Johnson County legislators, including Rep. Pat Colloton and Sen. David Wysong, have been quoted in the media as saying that their constituents made the difference in why they voted against new coal plants in Kansas. This is the way it should be. Lobbyists and big business should not make all the laws just because they have the money and power.

Regardless of your beliefs on the need for clean energy solutions to curb climate change, we should all feel good that many of our lawmakers are doing exactly what we ask them to do: Listen to their constituents and stand up for what is right.

Everyday citizens can make a dramatic difference in their world when they educate themselves on issues and develop a dialogue with their elected leaders.

Government works for you when you work at it, too.

Kim Hanson

After seeing the picture of Rep. Melvin Neufeld on The Star’s editorial page (5/8, “Dawdling at Kansas taxpayers’ expense”), I was moved to reflect on The Star’s consistent, even-handed reporting of the Holcomb coal plant matter.

Rep. Neufeld, in his manipulating and “bundling” has shown the essence of the matter for me. Rep. Neufeld sadly sees this issue as a political win-lose matter when it is, in fact, a matter of morality and ethics.

Thank you for your reporting of this matter. It is not only a state but a national and world concern and perhaps a matter of the sustainability of the planet.

George Wolf
Overland Park

Does anyone else wonder why, when a veto- override attempt passes it is final, and in this case the coal plants would have prevailed. However, when a veto-override attempt fails, the battle never ends and the legislators will try again as soon as the next day.

I believe there should be a time limit of at least two years before an issue can be brought up again. It would certainly save a lot of the legislators’ time, and they could be working on more productive issues for the state.

Vera M. Taylor



Eng - Neufield placed the coal plant as the top priority in this legislative session (to the dismay of many) and then couldn't heard the cats in his party to override the vetoes. Not a very good display of leadership.


They are buikding windfarms, the initiative is huge and nation wide. They are having problems supplying enough wind turbines and obatining the skilled labor needed.
There was an articel in one of the trade rags about how they can not seem to get people interested in the field work.
I guess everyone wants to be a lawyer.

Wind poer is not a baseloadable energy, the wind does not blow day and night in Holcomb. I spend a fair amount of time in Wyoming and the Dakotas, the wind there is by far more plentiful. Wind also changes direction.
The average sheep seems to think you just pout wind turbines up and you have electricity, jst does not work that way. We have come a long way in a short time and we will see more renewable energy come online but get a reality check, we will NOT be fossil free...EVER.

Tom K

What about this rumor that the new coal-fired plants are less polluting, use carbon capture technology, and would replace older power plants that aren't so environmentally friendly?


How so? Didn't most of the Republican Reps vote his way? I know mine didn't but she is a very "moderate" Republican. The governor is doing her best to get that VP candidate nod. Any economic growth in the state will have to look out for itself.


The wind blows a lot of the time but not all the time. You need generating capacity 100% of the time. Wind power will never be more than a supplement. I'm all for building wind farms, mind numbing ugly as they are, but we better be providing 100% reliable power generators at the same time.


I hope Rep. Neufield enjoyed his term as Speaker. His "all-in" strategy on the coal plant will end up costing him the Speaker seat and all his chips ended up with Queen Kathleen.


Get ready Joe boy, they are coming, and I have seen them of the MO side, I think it was in the summer of '83 when the temps exceed 100 for over a month.....course that was before we realized "global warming" was the cause of it.....I think then we were worried about and building catalytic converters to make C02. No, wait that was the 70's......As you get older it is harder to keep up with the current "sky is falling" nonsense.......

Stifled Freedom

I have live in KS all my life and I have never seen a brown out or even heard of one in this state.

I did grow up in SW Kansas not far from Holcolm and the wind blows day and night out there.


It's all political. On both sides. Ain't one of these politicians give a thimble of spit about what is best.


Kimmy, Georgie, and Vera baby. When the brown outs hit you this summer and it is 101 in the shade, no problem. The three of you carpool on out to the wind farm and blow.

Boy these dipsticks have drank the kool-aid big time.

Listen send me some of that "global warming" here it is mid-May and I am waking up to the 40's.

Oh, wait I have to listen to Moe (of the famous Larry, Moe, and Curly) the Republican nominee tell me more about this global warming horse puckey.


Kim you will be one of the whiners when electricty rates go up due to supply and demand. Beliefs have nothing to do with clean energy, you can believe bogus data all you want, the fact is the demand for power is critical. I bet the governor will not take blame for the thousands of jobs lost because of her selfish political stance. Government works for itself and it's gangs. I think the country collectively should shutdown all corporations, all refineries and all power plants. Then you liberal whiners can suffer and watch government take care of you.

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