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May. 17, 2013 @ 12:16 AM

New Muslim works in violation of law

I just finished the article on the recent addition of Muslim works to the Marshall University library.

I must say, this angers me and probably a lot of other people.

What comes to mind is the recent event in Ohio where the ACLU cried foul when they learned a picture of Christ had been hanging in a middle school for a number of years. Its removal was forced by the courts.

Islam is supposedly a religion.

If that is true, then the ACLU should be notified to begin proceedings to have it removed.

If schools are deemed by the courts to be secular, then so be it.

We will not and should not have double standards.

This is nothing more than proselytizing for Islam and absolutely, according to government rulings, is wrong.

Get rid of it, Marshall. What you are doing is in violation of federal law.

Rich Christian


Continue fighting new energy rules

We at the West Virginia Roundtable recognize and appreciate the ardent support offered by our state's political leadership for our energy industries.

However, the energy debate in Washington continues on and West Virginia faces a new threat: EPA's proposed greenhouse gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new fossil fuel-based generating facilities.

The new standards being proposed by EPA under the Clean Air Act will effectively end construction of new coal-fired power plants.

This regulation requires that all future plants using fossil fuels meet a threshold the most modern, efficient, coal boiler cannot even meet.

If implemented, the NSPS regulation will stifle promising new technology for cleaner-burning coal and put an end to upgrades to existing plants to improve efficiency and facilitate more electricity.

What this regulatory policy may end up achieving is the further erosion of our employment base in the mining and electrical generation industries, as well as higher consumer electric rates and an end to new manufacturing and construction jobs.

For these reasons, we applaud our political leaders for remaining vigilant in their efforts to encourage the EPA and the president to create differentiated standards based on fuel type and to establish supercritical coal generation technology as the performance standard for new coal-based electricity. Senator Manchin is leading efforts in the Senate, our congressional delegation is leading a move in the House, and Governor Tomblin at the state level to stop these devastating regulations from being imposed on the coal industry. They need our support in this important fight.

Paul Arbogast

West Virginia Roundtable




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