What I am hearing from the article that concerns me is the attitude of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) that seems so prevalent today. Copper is widely used in applications ranging from household plumbing and electric wires to components of hybrid-technology batteries for cars. If it is not obtained domestically, it will be obtained from foreign sources. If one is truly concerned about environmental damage caused by mining, then one should be more concerned by the Augusta mine not being developed. Because the demand for copper will not cease simply because Rosemont is not developed, it will be supplied largely from unstable Third World countries with environmental records that do not come close to the regulations that we apply here in the United States. If you wish to do the least harm to the environment, mine here, where companies are held accountable for their actions, not there, where regulations can be bypassed by buying off a local official or two.
Even as the Colorado mountains have been mined for years, they still are full of environmental diversity and ecological exuberance. They still awe me with their beauty. Naturally, if I had my preferences, I would prefer the beautiful, untouched, wide-open spaces and natural beauty that the pioneers enjoyed. But that is unrealistic. Your efforts would be better spent by working with the mining company to have some of your larger concerns addressed (a clean water table is indeed important), but not by opposing the mine outright. That's backward thinking.
J. Scott Brown
Let me play devil's advocate. Yoram Levy bought a piece of property for $4.8 million or something in that neighborhood. He offered it to the county for $11.5 million. The county did not buy it, so he sold it to Augusta for $20.8 million.
Who made the mistake here? Should the county have known the property could be bought for the original selling price? If they did, then why didn't they buy it? If not, then shouldn't they be thanking Yoram for giving them a chance to buy the property a second time at half its current value?
What about the folks who sold it to Yoram? Couldn't they have put deed restrictions on the future use of the land that would have kept it in its present pristine condition? If they did, don't you think that anybody interested in making a profit would not have bought it?
I hope the mining project or any other major development in that area never happen. Could this whole thing have been avoided?
Your work has inspired and energized all of us who want to do the right thing for our community. Whether we are successful or not, everyone recognizes the importance of your contribution. There was a time when all newspapers did work like this. It was a different time.
I promptly replied for them to stop spamming my Cox e-mail account with their personal-agenda e-mails. Shame on you, Cox; you should know better.
Quite interesting, isn't it? I see this as truly self-centered activity. When will it be perfume?
Another fact is that when the Tempe area enforced a smoking ban, 150-200 bars went out of business. Everyone said the smokers were just jumping municipality lines to other establishments. Now they say that won't happen, as we have a level playing field statewide! Think again. The bans do not affect clubs and lodges. The Indian nations are also not affected.
There is the potential in California and New York City that more than 2,500 bars may close statewide due to the bans, and around 30,000 employees will be left out in the cold. Interestingly, about 90 percent of service providers are female. This will swamp the job market and force some women into--or back into--untenable situations. Save them from smoke by putting them on the street--good choice there!
The ramifications reach even further than what I have touched on here, as there is now a quiet movement afoot to follow up with a proposition that will place a 25- to 75-cent duty on all alcohol served in an establishment of any type. Where will it stop?
Glynn A. Burkhardt
I have listened to Opie and Anthony enough to know that it is stupid "shock radio" crap, but this latest thing really chaps my butt. It's amazing to think that obnoxious idiots can have a syndicated show and a national following simply by virtue of being obnoxious idiots.
I regret that Opie and Anthony were not recently asked to get out of town (Dec. 24).
Charles D. Ambrose