Just say no to mining companies

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2020

To The Editor:

There’s gold in them thar hills…

Well, maybe, but at what cost does that gold start jingling in someone else’s pocket? If one person gets rich and another person is given a shorter life span or lower property values, who is held responsible? What if it’s a whole bunch of people getting the short end of the deal? Suddenly that gold gets pretty expensive.

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These (mining companies) have actually threatened our BOS with legal action for attempting to enforce the law.

I say stand up to them. If test bores are illegal, fine them (especially if they act like they already own us).

Mines are one thing, on-site chemical processing of ore is another, and we don’t need the toxic waste any open-pit mines will leave behind.

We might get a little money as a county, but not enough to pay back the generations who will inherit the mess that is left behind. Just say no.

Robert Day