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Lead. Sulfur dioxide. Nitrogen oxide. Particular matter. Mercury. These are a handful of the toxins and carcinogens released into the air we breathe whenever coal is burned to generate electricity.

The Aug. 16 letter “True cost of fossil fuels is greater than the electric rates paid by residents” focuses on the social costs, often called the “externalities,” of fossil fuels. They cost us a lot more than we realize because the “external” costs, like carbon pollution, are pushed onto the…

Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease in most people. In people with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a genetic mutation may be the cause. Late-onset Alzheimer’s arises from a complex series of brain changes that occur over decades. The causes probably include a combi…

After returning from an out of town trip, I was catching up on all the local news in the Maryland Independent. I read the article in the Aug. 7 edition, “County sues over property dispute.” I also read the Aug. 14 edition with the letters by Bobby J. Wallace and Vicky Canter in reference to …

I am against all symbols of true hatred. I’m trying to understand why symbols of our history, whether good or bad, are removed, while symbols of the Nazis are acceptable.

At the Aug. 12 Charles County Board of Education meeting, I voted against the changes to the superintendent’s contract. As I publicly stated, it was not related to the superintendent’s performance. During my tenure as an elected official, I have compromised to reach equitable solutions.

The Brandywine Mattawoman Energy power plant should not be built. Only dissenters attended the public hearing held by the Public Service Commission two weeks ago. It is summer and yet the deadline for public comment is Aug. 14.

With all the congressional drama happening in Washington, D.C., I don’t want to forget about one of our most fundamental environmental laws: the Endangered Species Act.

The Trump administration just finalized regulations to dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act — our most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species have been saved from disappearing forever, includi…

Concerning the Monica Lopez letter Aug. 2, “Start impeachment proceedings now,” she must be listening to Democratic presidential candidates or the biased media. I am a Democrat and warned my representatives that they are ensuring president Trump’s re-election with their misguided hatred and …

A recent letter to the editor expressed concern about the price of clean, pollution-free energy relative to the price of SMECO’s services: “The future cost of cleaner choices causes concern,” Aug. 9. Electricity supplied by SMECO relies largely on fossil fuels, which increase harmful emissions.

I see all over the news media cycles the horrendous conditions of the detention centers under the Trump administration. The truth is that our government has held immigrants and asylum seekers in horrendous conditions for decades, long before Trump was ever president. It’s about time that thi…

I was appalled reading the article on August 6, “County sues over property dispute.” I have never heard of the Charles County Board of Commissioners taking law abiding citizens to court.

While I seriously doubt that your paper, in the interest of fairness, will publish this response, I would like to point out something for the consideration of your readers.

I have been reading about the Green New Deal and other proposals that, among other things, seek to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. While I support a cleaner environment, the cost to us concerns me greatly.

I initially wrote this letter sometime in June of this year. I did not mail it at that time due to several circumstances preventing me. I was determined to rewrite the beginning of the letter so I could finally mail it. This preface refers to a letter to the editor dated April 3, written by …

In 2006, The Guardian newspaper reported that Spanish historians had located a 48-page document purporting to show that Christopher Columbus was a “greedy and vindictive tyrant who saved some of his most violent punishments for his own followers.” These punishments were said to include the c…

There is a consistent problem with littering on Laurel Drive in Indian Head. Most days I can pick up a grocery bag of trash along a 500-foot strip on one side of the road.