Letter: Cut the coal, not the kids

(Eric Risberg | AP file photo) This Feb. 5, 2016 photo shows the former Oakland Army Base pier at left and the Port of Oakland at lower right in Oakland, Calif.

Before taking a knife to the education budget, the Utah Legislature might first cut the $1.65 million recently sent to Attorney General Reyes for the purpose of suing California over that state’s environment policies. Certainly, Utah children deserve that money more than attorneys for Utah’s coal industry.

And lest we forget, the Legislature has squirreled away $53 million to spend on an Oakland coal export terminal that officials there are fighting to stop.

What's more important? Another huge subsidy for the declining coal industry or investments in our children's future?

Cut the coal, not the kids.

Stan Holmes, Salt Lake City

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