Wednesday, May 25, 2011 9:27 AM EDT
Regarding the lifting of the ban on uranium mining that seems to finally be coming to the forefront in the rest of the state, as well as our locality: Let's put this in simple terms.
Redundantly, the National Academy of Sciences is not going to say yea or nay.
So all the folks "waiting on the study" are simply waiting on betting odds.
Even if Virginia Uranium Inc.'s science is current, there will always remain the chance that the natural/manmade disasters that are occurring so frequently all over the world will negate any assurances of safety offered by the company that has everything to gain and nothing to lose should they choose to walk away.
Are you willing to gamble on your children's future? Or your water being safe to drink?
For 300 jobs in a county this size? What about the lost jobs from the social stigma of being host to a dangerous, contaminating operation?
It's beyond me how this can even be a question in our community. Answer me this: Do we even have a community that is more concerned with health, stewardship of our land, and protection against government railroading, vs. "make me a quick dollar?"
What are we becoming?