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LETTERS: Thursday. July 25, 2013

LETTERS: Thursday. July 25, 2013


Uranium mining is not safe

Throughout the west, uranium mining is wreaking havoc on water resources, leaving citizens faced with major water crises and economic downturn. Exemptions and relaxing of standards by government are repeatedly granted to the mining companies at the expense of communities and ranchers who are faced with an unfixable problem.

In a Journal Forum article, Powertech CEO Dick Clements stated that uranium mining is “intrinsically safe.” How interesting, since no ISL (in situ leach) mines have ever remediated water back to baseline.

A review of data reveals a drastically different picture from what Clements, who doesn’t live in South Dakota, paints. He claims only 170 gal/min will be used from the Inyan Kara when the permit states 8,500 gal/min -- slightly different. They ask for 551 gal/min from the Madison, our main drinking source, which is already down due to drought and population explosion.

Make no mistake, uranium mining is neither safe nor innocuous. Clements’ promises are empty words.

Every company promises safety and the sky. Our water and resources are sold abroad and, after lining their pockets, they disappear.

Teddy Roosevelt despised and warned citizens of these “malefactors of wealth.” What conditions and resources are we leaving for our children?

Rebecca R. Leas, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Health Education Specialist,

Rapid City


Thune’s vote hurts college students

I see where our Sen. John Thune voted to double the college student loan rate from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Thune will teach those college students for voting for Obama.

We can and did spend billions bailing out the corrupt banks, failing car companies and too-big-to-fail insurance companies. Then Sen. Thune votes to stick it to the college students. Unbelievable.

The college students getting ready for college this fall are wondering if college is worth the cost, then we raise the loan rate! If we only had the $3 trillion spent on the Iraq war and put towards college education, the college students could probably have their costs paid for, I suppose, 20 years or more.

Both Sens. Johnson and Thune voted for war in Iraq. Write Sen. Thune and tell him he is wrong.

I am a former teacher.

Larry VanBoening, Rapid City


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