Printed letters, December 6, 2013

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The main flaw of legalizing and taxing pot is that taxes may make the price so high that people will just do what they always have done and go to their neighborhood underground dealer for cheaper untaxed pot.

Mike Mason, who continually loses the school board races in Delta County, wants to teach ‘American history’ via a book where Rush Limbaugh the radio host pretends to go back in time???  I, for one, am confident I voted correctly—along with the majority of folks that voted this last time in Delta County.

Not sure why that ended up here, GJ Sentinel’s strange system that refuses one to have more than one browser tab open…  Larry Head is incorrect.  The Oxbow mine was not shut due to bunny lovers or tree huggers but a mine event.  But for some its easier to image a binary world of us v. them rather than a more messy complex reality.

Mike Ludlow the Executive VP of Oxbow, in an interview with Aspen Public Radio stated, “...miners were laid off because of dangerous working conditions. Part of the mine caught fire twice in the last year and efforts to make it safer were unsuccessful.”
The interview continued with, “Since the fires, costly mining equipment is sealed deep below the ground and laying idle. Estimates are that it would be as much as eighty million dollars to replace it. Still, despite the layoffs, parts of the mine are operating.”
Brad Goldstein PR for Oxbow said, “He says higher costs and tighter government pollution rules did not play a role in letting go of half its workforce at Elk Creek.”

So Mr. Head, what part of this situation leads you to say it is the fault of environmentalists? A knee jerk reaction brought on by a lack of information or a just a regurgitation of propaganda that you have been listening to? For sure you were not reading the papers or listening to the people involved.



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