Letter: Lawmakers serve capitalist cronies

The Sept. 4 Court & Commercial Record in IBJ included a story about a couple fighting a legal battle against a confined feeding operation in Henry County [Couple seeks high court’s help in battle against hog farm]. The stench is unbearable. Their enjoyment of property erased. But, at the behest of the Pork Producers Association, the General Assembly essentially eliminated due process and the legal means to protect their property, livelihoods and well-being.

In the Aug. 28 IBJ, Steve Eberly’s column [Renewable energy takes hold in state, but let’s go faster] argued for a quicker transition to renewables because of the economic development opportunities. But the General Assembly has abdicated their responsibility on this issue too, fronting for the utility and coal lobby. The current majority killed the program that fairly compensated constituents for rooftop solar generation. Policymakers are now trying to save the obsolete, unneeded and dying coal industry. Forget getting community solar into low-income neighborhoods. They can’t afford campaign contributions. No renewable energy standard in this state, either.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness? Not with the crony capitalists currently running the General Assembly. They don’t seem to care about the well-being of their own constituents.•

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Grant Smith

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