The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

March 15, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, March 15, 2013


Mountaintop removal destroys, pollutes

As a concerned citizen and mother, I would like to bring to your attention the dangers of mountaintop removal mining and the urgent steps we need to take to protect our nation’s Appalachian Mountains and people, before it is too late.

Mountaintop removal not only destroys and pollutes waterways and eliminates wildlife, but it also affects families’ and communities' access to clean water and uncontaminated air and seriously threatens their health.

Our government leaders must act now.

First, the president and the Environmental Protection Agency need to follow the robust science and set a strong, binding clean water rule that will prevent the pollution and destruction of waterways by mountaintop removal mining waste.

Second, Congress must pass the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) Act, which will thoroughly analyze the impact of mountaintop removal on the health of people who live near it, including the higher rates of birth defects, cancer and early death that have occurred in communities near these mines.

I believe we have an obligation to preserve our national heritage for future generations, including our mountains and vital waterways, and to ensure that Appalachian communities are not bearing the brunt of our nation’s unsustainable energy decisions.

Aimee Rist


Teachers unions want parents to pay up

How come my child keeps coming home with literature about the newest and greatest fundraising opportunity out there?

She has carried in literature to buy llamas. Then there was a penny war where I was to give up all the pennies in my house, and candy sales for who knows what. I have donated clothing, time and money out of my pocket in order for my kid not to feel ostracized because she doesn’t participate.

Why do I pay property taxes, the majority of which goes to fund Raleigh County schools, if I am continually asked to give a little more every other week my child attends class?

If the school were to tell me they were going to pay to have the school professionally cleaned so all the different illnesses that have cost me hundreds of dollars in medical bills were to be cleaned up, I may be a little more free with my wallet.

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