Coal mining has a lengthy history in Vermilion County
After reading the letters and listening to the hype put forth by the liberals concerning mining in the area, one might believe that it is the end of the world if Catlin opens a coal mine.
If mining is so terrible, why is it that for many years the Westville, Georgetown and Catlin area had coal mining operations. This was before 1960, a time when they did not have near the technology we have today.
The farmland in that area is some of the most prime in the state, selling for as much as $10,000-plus an acre.
In addition, the liberals all revere Kickapoo State Park, which was brought into existence as the result of — oh, my God! — strip mining.
The earth has the ability to heal herself without the help of some bumbling idiot man, and she can do it quite rapidly. The area needs the jobs, not hype and not doomsayers' bile.