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Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:24 PM

McConnell 's Kentucky ... third world conditions

The water that comes out of Martin County taps can be cloudy at times. There are boil-water advisories and pipes so leaky that most of the water is lost before it reaches residents' taps. For years, residents received monthly advisories that some people exposed to the chemicals in their water "may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer."

Local officials are trying to fix all that, and they say the water is now safe to drink, save for occasional problems. But this has taken a lot of money, and the cost of that has been passed on to customers. After a series of increases, water rates went up 41% last year alone.

Davis has been wary of his tap water since he was 15. That's when, in 2000, a massive coal slurry impoundment broke in Martin County, sending 306 million gallons of toxic sludge oozing into the county's water source, leaching into groundwater and seeping into residents' wells.

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... Major coal companies have recently declared bankruptcy, leaving hundreds of miners in the region out of work. Once a coal-producing powerhouse, Martin County has seen total employment fall by 32% since July 2010.

Industry troubles also mean Martin County's annual revenue from the coal severance tax fell 81% from 2012 to 2018. Similar declines in neighboring coal-reliant communities have prompted some to cut back on services like trash collection.

A recent report from the Brookings Institution and Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy noted that the loss of coal revenue could send at least 26 U.S. counties into financial insolvency.


https://www.npr.org/2019/10/31/772677717/first-these-kentuckians-couldnt-drink-the-water-now-they-can-t-afford-it

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:38 PM

1. So, issues and disasters occurred in 2000, 2010, 2012 and ever since...

Yet they keep returning McConnell to the Senate. At some point it's fair to ask "who's to blame?"

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:45 PM

2. That definition of insanity comes to mind...

Insanity is repeatedly doing the same thing while expecting a different outcome.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:52 PM

3. Yeah so keep electing the Bevins and McConnells of the world and keep sinking further.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 12:55 PM

4. Oh, dear. I'll have to give my usual reply..

“...hundreds of miners...out of work..total employment (down) 32%....revenue...fell 81%...”

Oh, dear. I’d love to help but - “Soshilism!” - and YOU VOTED Republican!

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:31 PM

5. Good thing they started diversifying when the writing was on the wall!

Oh wait..., well we tried to tell them.

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:35 PM

6. But, but....California! Chicago!

According to Faux News and trumpito, these places are a "disaster"

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Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Thu Oct 31, 2019, 01:35 PM

7. "Save for occasional problems????"

You can safely chew on your vitamin C tablets except for when you bite on the occasional cyanide capsule that found its way in there.

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