- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
- ‘Hogs fall just shy of Midwest title
- Fork and Stein Urban Gourmet delivers beer infused delicacies to Rockford
To the Editor: Big companies not concerned about safety
Recently we have seen several disasters that “couldn’t happen”:
BP: Offshore drilling in very deep waters is safe—nothing will go wrong.
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA): Storing millions of gallons of coal ash in open lagoons is OK—nothing will go wrong.
Hungarian industrial plant: Our toxic sludge can be safely contained—the dams will hold; and
Mega-dairy owner and political friends: The 228-million-gallon manure lagoons are environmentally sound and won’t leak and pollute—nothing will go wrong.
The common ties of all these incidents is that the big companies shrug off safely handling and treating their wastes and, in the quest for maximum profits, put us all at risk. In many cases, clean-up of the messes is put on the taxpayer. Changes must be made.
From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue