Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 13, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 05/13/2014

Public supports limits

Ahead of the Obama administration’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from our nation’s existing power plants, a new poll finds that more Americans now stand behind “strict” standards for power plants than those that oppose it.

The latest poll by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University finds that 64 percent of Americans don’t mind spending more for clean energy, if it means reducing carbon emissions and investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency to address climate change and protect public health.

The widespread public support is bad news for big polluters as it makes clear whose interests they are really fighting for in their efforts to obstruct the EPA. Americans know the benefits to our health, economy and environment far outweigh the costs of inaction on climate change. It’s time big polluters and their climate denier allies in Congress listened.

Brenda Archambo

Cheboygan

The writer is founder and president of Sturgeon For Tomorrow — Black Lake Chapter; she is also Michigan Outreach Consultant for the National Wildlife Federation.

Innovate schools

It’s sad to think that students are not getting the education they need to become productive community members in our society. Across our state there are failing schools full of students who have been left behind in their education.

We have students in middle school reading at third-grade levels and some not at all. For years our state has upheld the status quo, relying on outdated education recovery solutions for failing schools. The status quo is failing our students. Our state needs innovative and advanced educational solutions such as the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) to address the failing schools that have been neglecting education for far too long.

The EAA is a true example of shaking up the status quo; our students need more options and our state should be allowing innovative programs to operate where they are most needed — within our failing schools.

Carl Buttermore

Kalkaska

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