Clean Power Plan listening session set for Kansas City

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has laid out his agenda for 2018, and it’s not just irresponsible – it’s deadly.

Along with vowing to roll back carbon and clean water regulations and to open up a national debate on climate change in 2018, Pruitt is aiming to repeal the life-saving Clean Power Plan, which would mean more sick kids, more time off work for parents, more expensive hospital visits, and thousands of premature deaths.

The Trump administration’s own analysis found that the Clean Power Plan could prevent as many as 4,500 premature deaths each year by 2030 and previous estimates found it could prevent 1,700 heart attacks, 90,000 asthma attacks, and 300,000 missed work and school days every year.

But Trump and Pruitt have shown time and time again that they are more interested in rigging the system for corporate polluters than in protecting our health. The good news is that Missourians will have an opportunity to speak out in support of the Clean Power Plan at a listening session (link: on Feb. 21 in Kansas City and can submit comments (link: on the proposal through the EPA website until April 26, 2018.

Kay Mills, Springfield, Mo.


Hawley was right about the rise of immorality

It has taken me a week to decide on how to comment on an article dated Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch printed in The Examiner entitled “Hawley ignores centuries of human trafficking in his spin on morality,” of which I consider the usual attempt to disgrace a Republican.

The article says that “Hawley, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, blamed the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ‘70s for the human-trafficking industry.” Later they acknowledge that Hawley got his bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford. Being a student of American history, I know quite a bit about sexual slavery and from living during the ’60s and ’70s sexual revolution.

I don’t think that Hawley did not know much about slavery of any kind as accused by the article. What I do believe is that Hawley, like myself, has seen the tremendous increase in sexual crimes from the time I call the the “rock ‘n' roll, drugs and free sex” era. When I was in high school in the ’50s we saw almost no high school pregnancies, almost no drugs, and girls mostly said “no” when approached for sex. We didn’t lock our houses, our cars or worry about getting robbed.

I joined the Army in 1962 and during the Vietnam era I saw the ’60s change to “hell no, we won’t go” and cursing and throwing things at veterans who were coming back from Vietnam. These were the wearers of the so-called “peace symbol,” which I call the “broken cross.”

Since then sexual misconduct has increased rapidly. Not only do I agree with Hawley that the ’60s and ’70s were instrumental in increasing sexual misconduct, including sex trafficking-slavery, but adding to that has been the easy access to porn. I could go on and on, but basically I believe Hawley was right on track about a serious problem we have today.

Roland Sneed, Blue Springs