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A plan for uranium

SoVaNow.com / November 15, 2012
Dear Viewpoint:

Are you in favor of a uranium mine and milling plant in Virginia? Are you in favor of a uranium mine and milling plant in Virginia? Since winning is the option we all seek, here’s how and why we all can win and wing big. It’s called a Win-Win Plan. First, here’s why.

Why — Southside Virginia is far too beautiful for uranium mining and milling. Virginia is too important to risk the resources we all need — water, clean air, land, property and a clean and healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, uranium is not needed — it is just wanted — by a few who would benefit financially and never have to actually live in or near a “mining” town. Please understand I do not oppose money-making — even wealth gains — to anyone. I just don’t want it happening at my expense or risk or have it happen at the expense and risk of any residents of Southside Virginia and beyond Virginia’s borders. The expense and risks are just too great.

How — US Congressman Robert Hurt and Virginia Delegate James Edmunds can help lead the way to having the uranium mine and mill placed under a permanent ban. Only a declared national emergency would allow the ban to be lifted — and only be used for the protection of the United States of America.

Walter Coles, Sr. could actually become the Hometown Hero — if he would agree to compensation for his land. Stockholders (Canadian Stock Exchange) would receive royalties if uranium is ever processed during a national emergency. After all, any investment is a risk that never guarantees the kind of return the investor dreams of. As for the Canadian mining companies associated with VUI/VER, they would just have to accept the ban as a risk they took and lost.

All Southside Virginia residents would benefit by creating and developing a retirement haven for retirees. A permanent ban on uranium mining would preserve the beauty and resources of Southside Virginia. Why allow retires in the eastern part of the USA to continue to take all their retirement income and lifestyles to North Carolina, Florida and other southern states? Right now, they are by-passing Southside Virginia in favor of places like Asheville, the islands of Georgia, Boca Raton, Naples and countless other retiree resort areas. Why not bring them to the “New Asheville” right here in Southside Virginia?

Retirees need homes, townhouses, B&B’s and resorts. These things require developers, planners, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, restaurants, doctors, dentists and other health care staffs, attorneys, historical places to visit, entertainment, shopping, fishing and hunting areas and guides — and on and on. The possibilities are endless. And clean! What’s more, retirees do not need more schools. The last thing retirees are planning is to give birth to more children!

This idea is a Win-Win situation for those who oppose uranium mining as well as those who support it.

Jobs and more jobs would be created for anyone and everyone wanting them. Both sides of the uranium argument would benefit. There would be no losers — only winners. And the beauty of and love for Southside Virginia would be preserved for generations to come.

Bruce Hoffman
Chatham

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