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April 19, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Kentucky is fit for nuclear waste

I have an idea for Sen. Harry Reid: He could submit a bill to send all the atomic waste to Kentucky to bury in some of the old coal mines.

Think of all the well-paying jobs that would bring to out-of-work coal miners. Plus they wouldn’t have to send it across the country. I am sure Rand Paul would love the idea of more jobs for his people. The very thought of helping the people from Kentucky with all those jobs would impress all their “Tea Party” friends.

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  1. If Senator Reid pulls the nuclear option, as he suggests, and the GOP gains the majority in the Senate [which they will sooner or later], what happens with Yucca Mountain? There is a well known saying about payback. Reid and the democrats will rue the day which is why it's called the "nuclear option."

    Carmine D

  2. We have been battling the nuclear waste and the Yucca mountain issue for over 30 years,with no solution to this huge problem in sight.

    If and when a new location is found in another state to be satisfactory by our leaders for the safe burial of nuclear waste. Will we be facing the same amount of back and forth bickering, as we have had going on about Yucca mountain for the past 30 years or so ? A genuine fix is needed and politics needs to be put aside in handling the sensitive issue of nuclear waste.Both parties will have to share the blame on this one,it's not a one party problem.

  3. Am I the only one who thinks Mr. Karley is expressing a sarcastic opinion in his letter? I think the concept of NIMBY is what he is trying to put across.

  4. BChap (Bradley Chapline): at 8:02 a.m. you commented that "It's a shame in admitting to, but I'm seeing more and more Democrats come out with the cruelty, callousness, spitefulness, malice, heartlessness and nastiness that have traditionally been taken and held by Republicans."

    Unfortunately I have to agree with you. It can, at times, be very difficult to avoid a "tit for tat" tactic. Particularly when the "tat" extends over a long period of time and gains increasing media coverage.

  5. BChap,

    I have an understanding of the dangers of nuclear waste. I grew up in New York and have seen Three Mile Island, the Love Canal and areas in New Jersey that watch companies dumped radon in after closing down.

    The reason I responded to Mr. Karley's letter the way I did was because I looked at it in an unbiased attitude and really think he was using sarcasm as a tool of realization.

    I have no idea if Mr. Karley is a New Yorker, but many New Yorkers use sarcasm quite often in conversations to over state a point of interest.

  6. VernosB,

    I find myself in agreement with BChap on this one and disagree with you that this letter is primarily intended as sarcasm. Yes, that might be an element of it, but I feel that the author of this letter has a genuine lack of respect for people he perceives to "inferior" to him, such as those who he thinks are likely to support the TEA Party.

    The author of this letter has painted the entire State of Kentucky with a very broad brush. It is an attitude such as that which is in part responsible for the disrespect and hatred we see in the comment sections on the Sun and on other media.

    Trying to pass it off as anything else only contributes to the problem. It needs to be called out for what it is and *not* be tolerated or given tacit approval.