Visit China and see for yourself what environmental problems they are facing. So why is it that Evan Tracey, senior vice president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity in Washington, D.C., submits a letter published April 16 criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for its work in protecting the U.S. from such problems (“EPA ignores the harm”)?

It seems that the Washington-based Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is attempting to petition citizens across the nation to take up its cause. In reality, there is no “clean coal.” Coal being mined today is less clean than ever before. Coal-fired power plants that are in existence today were never designed to handle the level of contaminates in coal being burned today.

Air pollution is only one of the problems. There is no safe way to dispose of coal ash left over from coal burning. As a result, it is the primary cause of mercury contamination in the Great Lakes. Mountain top removal for retrieving coal in West Virginia also has enormous environmental impact.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is attempting to protect its business interests, not the public. Don’t let them fool you.

The EPA is the industry watchdog and is doing its job in protecting and maintaining our standard of living. Let them do their job.

I do not have any credentials to support my position, and have no ulterior motive for writing this letter. I write because I resent national lobbyists from using local newspaper to spread their self-serving interests and not expect us to see through their propaganda.

John Lenarduzzi

Akron

Paying their ?fair share

When are people going to start looking beyond the sound bites? The president loves to pit classes of people against each other.

The top 1 percent of taxpayers pays approximately 36 percent of federal income taxes, and the top 10 percent pays 70 percent. Almost half, or 48 percent, of Americans pay no federal income taxes at all.

Everyone pays payroll taxes, but those taxes go toward Medicare and Social Security. They are not income taxes.

The so-called rich are getting taxed at a lower rate on capital gains (15 percent), and that seems to be unfair. However, that 15 percent is paid on interest earned on investments.

They have already paid approximately 28 percent in taxes on that money when it was initially earned.

This is the part that the president fails to explain to Americans. This is a smoke screen; everyone in this country has the same opportunity to be successful (and become a millionaire). It’s up to the individual to decide whether or not to do the hard work to become one.

Ask yourself why the president wants you to hate millionaires and billionaires.

Vincent Picone

Ravenna

Uninformed

For three years, I have quietly endured statements from uninformed Americans that President Obama is a socialist. However, I have to speak out after reading the April 22 article, “Why do we sound so angry?”

In it, “a businessman in Akron” asked, “Is Obama a Communist?” What an outrageous question.

Many who dislike Obama paint the president as a socialist, or a communist, or even as a fascist (he has been equated to Hitler), but I doubt that they could give coherent definitions of those ideologies.

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, socialism is “a system of society or group living in which there is no private property,” and communism is a more extreme version of socialism.

Neither President Obama nor any other elected Democrat that I know of promotes those systems of government for America.

Carol Button

Cuyahoga Falls