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Monday, March 18, 2013
As a concerned citizen, I would like to bring attention to the dangers of mountaintop removal mining and the urgent steps we need to take to protect our nation’s Appalachian Mountains and people before it is too late.
Mountaintop removal not only destroys and pollutes waterways and eliminates wildlife, but it also affects families’ and communities’ access to clean water and uncontaminated air, and seriously threatens their health.
There are two things our nation’s leaders must do right now.
First, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency need to follow the robust science and set a strong, binding clean water rule that will prevent the pollution and destruction of waterways by mountaintop removal mining waste.
Second, Congress must pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which will thoroughly analyze the impacts of mountaintop removal on the health of people who live near it, including the higher rates of birth defects, cancer and early deaths that have occurred in communities near these mines.
I believe we have an obligation to preserve our national heritage for future generations, including our mountains and vital waterways, and to ensure that Appalachian communities are not bearing the brunt of our nation’s unsustainable energy decisions.
Now, a class war on crime?
Re: the March 7 news story “Botetourt neighbors: rapist is unwelcome”:
How unfortunate for Ashley Plantation’s wealthy residents that convicted rapist Calvert Thompson doesn’t know that “the right place for him to live” is with the rest of his ilk; that is, in a less affluent neighborhood full of vulnerable potential victims who don’t have the time, money or clout to drive him away or buy him out.
Perhaps their money and outrage could be put to better use, such as, examining the laws that allow a convicted rapist with a history of other sex offenses to be released from jail after an amount of time that barely rises to a punitive level, to live freely among any of us.
Weather Journal70 Thursday to ice Sunday?