Kaci Doolin: Craig needs mining jobs

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To the editor:

I’m very concerned with what you are doing to Colorado mining jobs. My husband is a coal miner, like most people who live in Northwest Colorado are.

These men work very hard for an honest living to provide a stable life for their families and to provide affordable energy to hard working Americans.

Turning the Front Range power plants into gas would put so many hard working men out of jobs.

This would be detrimental to our county as well as Routt County.

Twentymile Coal provides coal to one of the Front Range power plants. This is going to put more Colorado homes in foreclosure and have more families needing government assistance.

Not only do coal miners work very hard, they also make great money.

These men will not find jobs that will support their lifestyles.They also carry one of the best insurance plans around. So, now more families will need assistance with insurance. You guys only worry about your self-interest and the money in your pockets. My husband and other miners work where white-collar people have never thought of working.

Every dollar they make is deserved. Also, every dollar they spend goes back into our local economy.

Coal is the leading low-cost fuel that currently generates 50 percent of America’s energy needs. The stability and affordability of coal gives average Americans a break on electricity.

I thought we should be keeping things affordable while the economy is so broken.

Gas is a very expensive way to go when our coal industry has kept Colorado surviving in these hard times.

Today, if you arrived in Craig, you would see a rural area that thrives on our coal mines and power plants.

This town would be deserted without them.

Kaci Doolin

Comments

colorado_22 4 years, 8 months ago

I agree with you, this community thrives off of this industry, and it would truly be a huge destruction to our workforce if this change happens. Coal miners are extremely hard workers, and very loyal to their jobs. Mining is an extremely dangerous industry to be working in, and these workers risk their lives to give us all energy. Yes, these workers make great money, and it will indeed be near impossible for them to find work with comparable pay. However, if the fear of losing your job is largely attributed to the loss of one's lifestyle filled with "toys," it's time to sell the 4-wheelers, snow machines, enormous pick-ups, jet-skis, and other unneccessary materialistic items.

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CindyLou 4 years, 8 months ago

C22.....unneccessary things like American made pickups from Cook Chevrolet, American made guns from Northwest pawn, fancy decks made out of American made lumber from Samuelsons, American made hot tubs from Spa Country, American grown food from City Market, big game shot with those guns processed at Brother's Meats, American made trailers from Auto Parts of Craig fo haul their Canadian/American made snow mobiles on they purchased from Craig Powersports? Once the goods jobs go C22 they never come back. Those are the jobs that fuel this country and our stupid beauricrats that run this country sit in their ivory towers and tell the commoner to "eat cake" while the commoner sturggles to make ends meet. Not one job in this county isn't directly impacted by those mines. Take away the mines and this will become a ghost town. While I don't work for a mine, my business survives on their coat tails. We ALL should be VERY, VERY affraid of this legislation regardless of what our spending habbits are.

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colorado_22 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes, I completely agree. And I was not suggesting that they sell these theings because they do not deserve them, but for other reasons. See, basically my whole family works (or worked) in the oil field. They were all used to making six-figure incomes for years...until the bottom fell out about a year ago. Out of nowhere (basically), this industry crashed, and it devastated our whole family. We had to sell everything; vehicles, toys, homes, we had to drop health insurance, AAA, and everything else that was not an absolute neccessity. Perhaps the most devastating to me, was that we were all so broke I had to drop out of college and move back to Craig to help support my family, and myself. I wish we would have all known it was coming so we could have been more prepared. I feel for these coal industry workers, because it is just simply not fair, nor is it right. I know what they are going through and it is rough. Good luck to you all, we will all make it through this.

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bplummer 4 years, 8 months ago

All we can do is keep our chins up, our eyes and ears on the issue and fight like hell. If we can stick together we can bring this back to "we the people"

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