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SoVaNow.com / October 18, 2012
Dear Viewpoint:

I’m usually not one to argue for the sake of arguing! In fact, I consider myself much more of a peace maker. However, the most recent newsletter sent out by Virginia Uranium needs to be addressed! The headline read (and I am paraphrasing) that “According to a Nuclear Expert, stigma fears regarding uranium mining are not viable.” What? You mean to tell me that Virginia Uranium has found an expert who says that my opinion and the opinion of the majority of citizens of Southside Virginia are wrong! That would be like saying that they found an expert who says that blue is prettier than green! Come on! They can argue a lot of things but telling me that they have a “nuclear expert” that says that people really don’t feel the way they do is not one of them! It reminds me of the teenager (and I’ve got one) who will argue with everything the parent says! How nice it would be to at least once hear, “You know, I never thought about that .... Perhaps you’ve got something there.” As I’ve said before, “never trust anyone who is never wrong!”

To me, it simply illustrates how Virginia Uranium simply does not care to hear any opinions contrary to theirs. Would you go into business with someone like that? Would you trust the air you breathe or the water you drink to someone like that? Put simply, Virginia Uranium knows one thing: The only things they can hang their hat on right now are the jobs that may or may not be created with the mine and the fact that energy independence is a “good vote.” The fact is, NONE of the other aspects of energy independence (wind, wood, solar, and offshore drilling) are only isolated to one small area of Virginia! For the record, I support all of them! VUI also knows that we are desperate for jobs, and we are, and that maybe, just maybe, they can offer enough buffer to those fence-riding legislators to vote to try it down here in Southside. After all, there aren’t many of us here anyway.... Well, I can tell you that there might not be many of us left on the Southside but I, for one, am darn sure not ready to give up the quality of life we have for anyone looking to put an “energy independence vote feather” in their cap! I do not plan to quit fighting and I believe that Virginia Uranium will realize that they have “awakened a giant” that are the people of Southside Virginia! The people here don’t need to read this in an expensive glossy newsletter. We love our people and our land and we don’t want uranium mining! That’s my opinion and I dare Virginia Uranium to find an expert to refute it!

Sincerely,
James Edmunds II

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