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DON'T SUBSIDZE SOLAR
Very well-written article by Jerry Nowicki ("Renewable energy faces a funding cliff," Dec. 10). Here is the problem with the current funding solution. As you drive around Springfield, you will see solar panels on wealthy people's homes. They are getting a huge government subsidy to make this completely uneconomical power solution somewhat affordable. This government subsidy is being paid for by a lot of people who will never be able to afford panels on their roof as they live paycheck to paycheck and are struggling to make ends meet.
Now the solar providers are clamoring for an increase of another 2%, on top of the existing 2%, to be paid by electric users who are already struggling. So poor and middle-class people are paying money that is then given to wealthy people to lower their electric bills in their oversized houses. You can try and spin this funding any way you want, but when you analyze it truthfully that is what is happening. What a crazy world we live in that this stealing from the poor to give to the rich is not reported in a truthful manner.
SHAME ON DARIN LAHOOD
Did Representative Darin LaHood swear allegiance to the Constitution or to Donald Trump? Apparently, due to his support of the Texas lawsuit filed to overturn the legal vote in four battleground states, the answer to that is to Trump. Trump won District 18 by 276,000 votes to 201,000 votes for Biden. Those Trump voters have been convinced by a delusional Trump and various conspiracy theorists that Joe Biden won the 2020 election by fraud. Yet reports from Attorney General William Barr and Brian Krebs, head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, state that this was the most secure election ever and there was no fraud.
Questioning the results of this election is questioning our democratic institutions. LaHood received 72.6% of the absentee votes in his district. Perhaps the attorney general of New York needs to file a lawsuit to check to see if they were signed and counted properly? Has he decided to only represent the Republicans in his district? Has he decided to not honor the constituency of the 201,000 people that voted for Biden?
The Texas attorney general is being accused of sedition. Is LaHood willing to join an act of sedition to placate the misled Republicans in his district? Apparently so. It's a low moment for central Illinois representation.
IT'S A COUP
While reading an article, I came across an unfamiliar word: autocoup. So, I looked it up. It was defined as "a self coup or form of coup d'etat in which a nation's leader, despite coming to power through legal means, dissolves or renders powerless the national legislature and unlawfully assumes extraordinary powers not granted under normal circumstances."
I wonder if this has been an ongoing agenda by the leadership of our country and what it says about us? Has what has come to be called "Trumpism" so infected the Republican Party that this is what it now is? Why did the Texas attorney general (who may have his own personal reasons) file a frivolous lawsuit with the Supreme Court? Did he want a pardon? What of the 18 other attorneys general? They didn't have to join the lawsuit, nor did the more than 120 GOP members of Congress.
So where does this leave us as a country? We live under a system that requires not just that we follow the law, but that we act in accordance with our shared sense of democratic values. Do we need to take a look at our institutions and rules and ask ourselves if our current system is capable of withstanding the kind of authoritarian control we have experienced throughout our current president's term in office? Worse, what do we do when one of our two major national parties is complicit and willing to go along with what is, in fact, an attempted autocoup? We may be able to survive this one. But what about the next?
Phillipa Carroll Porter