4/27/2010 1:44:00 PM Letter to the editor: Uranium mining coverage questioned
To the editor:
Your letter policy states that you give all readers a chance to comment on issues of public interest. I'm aware of meetings regarding the uranium mining issue and that the mining community has been represented at these meetings and has even had very qualified speakers give the mining industry's story. But to date, I have yet to see any of their comments in print. I always see, for example in last week's paper; conservation groups, members of the Havasupai and Hualapai tribes, NPS officials, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Trust, National Parks Conservation Association, and various individuals, again though, not one voice from the mining industry. If a newspaper is to report both sides so the community can be informed appropriately, then why not report what both sides had to say and what their reports showed.
All any of these articles have shown is negativity - maybe that is all there is. But without the other side how do we really know? I for one believe there are always two sides to every story and would be most interested in hearing the mining industry's side. Lest we forget all the jobs, income to the state, and benefits provided by this industry that is now gone.
The cancer part also is interesting in that an unbiased doctor performed some studies that you did not report in your paper, but at the time they were ongoing - and initially the doctor was finding no increase in cancer victims regardless of where they lived in relation to the mines and no direct cause and affect to mining. So until further studies were/are completed and reported, we have no answer on the direct cause being the uranium mines, do we?