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August 11, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Aug. 11, 2013

(Continued)

Vote smarter to solve problems

Two topics:

Topic 1 — Education in the state of Indiana. Mitch Daniels and Tony Bennett set education back nearly 100 years. This appeared to be common knowledge indicated by the number of votes that Glenda Ritz won by over Mr. Bennett. The sad part is then, the same voters, turned around and voted in Mike Pence as governor.

Mr. Pence stated many times that, if elected, he planned to follow the guidelines put in place by Mitch Daniels concerning education in this state. Mike Pence also campaigned with and for Tony Bennett. Then to top off this fiasco, Mr. Daniels was appointed to one of our biggest colleges as the person in charge of education. (Just coincidence that Mr. Daniels was picked by the board he appointed while governor.)

Our students need to be a positive in our society when they leave high school for the last time. We as voters cannot be afraid to spend the time and money to achieve this goal. If we do not, we will have to spend more time and money later down the road. History has proven this time and time again. Fix it now or pay more to fix it later.

Topic 2 — Oil and Gas Prices. We, the public, were told by “Big Oil” that if we let them explore and recover more crude oil, the price would be cheaper at the pump. Now they are telling us that the cost of exploring and recovering oil in these remote places is what’s driving the cost up. The oil companies are now complaining about their last quarter earnings. They didn’t complain when they were receiving record high earnings quarter after quarter.

Indiana has approximately 57 billion tons of coal in reserve. It would take more than 100 years to recover all this coal just in our state alone. All our politicians and hopefully the people of Indiana want is to make sure it is clean when we use it.

Clean coal technology has been around for 50 years or more. We could be making diesel fuel and gasoline out of coal easily if we could all get on the same page. (Not to mention the jobs it would create.)

I’m not sure that is what the big oil companies like to hear. But it is a fact. I understand that the Germans are making a good grade of diesel fuel out of coal right now for less than $2 a gallon. They made a lot of their fuel during World War II out of coal. That was more than 70 years ago.

We can solve most of these situations at the polling booth. We just have to vote smarter.

— Dane Strahle

IBEW, Local 725

Terre Haute

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