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ARTICLE ON MINING COMES UP SHORT

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Brent Israelsen's article, Deseret News, Aug. 15, headlined "Mining report flays lack of oversight," was about a pseudo-environmentalist group's report, not a mining report. It was fabricated by Stewart Udall's Mineral Policy Center, a distant socialist think tank based in Washington, D.C.

The article should have been headlined, "Pseudo-environmentalists' report erroneously flays lack of mining oversight."Anyone creating new wealth or attempting to do so whether they be miners, loggers, ranchers, farmers or closely related industries feel no lack of oversight by federal, state or local bureaucrats and are unhappily aware of increasing punitive regulations and prohibitive fees.

Socialists call for increasing government ownership and control of land and resources whereas capitalists call for expanding private ownership and control of industries and public land along with realistic regulations originating at the state and local levels where reality is daily faced by millions of individuals working together. Distant alien planners should follow the Constitution of the United States and curb their covetous authoritarian greed.

Israelsen's environmental article spews out alleged plumes of groundwater "contamination" and alleged containment dam spills without giving the area covered, contests of the spill or plume in parts per billions of said contaminants or saying whether said groundwater changes are beneficial, benign or harmful.

The article blends neatly into the crisis and scaremonger tactics which abandon science for socialism by appealing to the gullible and timid.

Dooley P. Wheeler Jr.

Salt Lake City