Noon’s picture wrong again

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Once again, Marita Noon’s May14 guest column entitled “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” represents yet another of her contributions supporting what is really the minerals/natural gas/coal mining industry’s policy interests. The author’s opinions do not represent the majority of citizens who are seeking access to an ecologically sustainable energy and minerals supply.

In this particular instance she has chosen to demean the opinions of those who understand and are trying to protect and preserve the totally unique natural beauty of the Mount Taylor area in New Mexico forever. She advocates opening up large areas of it for uranium and other mining activities. Both her and the readers would be well advised to study the impact such activities had on human health, life expectancy, welfare, water supplies, etc. during the 1940-60s uranium mining boom.

Many of these associated mining and processing-related horrors took place right here in New Mexico and neighboring Utah. If the nation is in such dire need of nuclear fuels to power proposed new power stations perhaps it might be worth utilizing fuel from the several thousand nuclear weapons we and the Russians are supposed to be disassembling under the Arms Limitation Agreements.

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