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LETTERS: Monday, November 11, 2013

Compare Obamacare to a real right

Listening to the president's press secretary, Jay Carney, proclaim that Americans have a "right" to free health care caused me to consider and compare a real "right" and what is free?

We all have the right to vote. We also have the right not to vote. If we vote, we cannot be taxed at the polls or anywhere to vote. We are not taxed if we do not vote.

When there are changes in the voting rights, it is voted on and clarified, as in the 19th Amendment, so it is included in the Constitution of the land.

Compare that to ObamaCare. With ObamaCare, if we don't sign up we are taxed or penalized.

With our health care "train wreck" (Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.) rolling down the tracks in the sign-up phase, I can't wait for the first claim to be filed.

As I've stated before, "The president is either incompetent or corrupt," but I may have to amend that statement.

Clark Sowers, Belle Fourche

Crow Butte Resources has pollution issues

Any permanent radioactive contamination of our ecosystem is unacceptable. The planet cannot withstand any nuclear pollution. Radioactive poisoning is currently flowing into the ocean and atmosphere from Fukushima by 800 metric tons of water per day. No one knows how to stop it. The toxins are in the jet stream, and there's no end to the death and destruction they'll likely deliver, even here.

Potentially originating from Crow Butte Resources, Crawford, Neb., the Fukushima fuel rods are too hot to handle and may signal the death of uranium mining, or that of humanity itself. As a co-plaintiff in the licensing case against CBR before the NRC, I can tell you that if we didn't have legitimate issues, we would have gotten washed out of the legal process years ago.

Radioactive pollution of groundwater is precisely the issue. This is a concern for everyone, particularly those whose consciousness may have been dimmed and dulled by proponents of uranium mining and industry propaganda that extraction is safe.

I urge you to find the facts of our CBR contentions.

Tom Cook, Field Director, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Pine Ridge

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