Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, April 18

Sunday, April 18, 2010

EPA standards destroy jobs

To the Editor:

Coal saves trees, provides jobs and could be used in connection with gas, electricity and oil. Using all these resources, helps to maintain a balance in the use of resources. The EPA has too much power and needs to use common sense and quit destroying jobs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new water quality standards for coal mining permits across Appalachia in a move that threatens thousands of jobs and the economic future of the Appalachian region. The EPA policy guidelines announcement is as dangerous and threatening an action as this region has ever seen from the federal government. Essentially, the EPA has set standards for water quality from mining sites that are unattainable-virtually eliminating coal mining of any kind in Appalachia. The impacts of this new policy were made clear by Administrator Jackson when she said. "You're talking about no, or very few, valley fills that are going to meet this standard," (Washington Post, April 2, 2010).

The new policy extends far beyond impacting surface mining. Most underground mines can't meet this new conductivity standard, which will have a devastating impact on jobs across West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The new EPA water standards are so strict that many job-critical industries and activities also can't meet the new water standard - including highway construction, housing developments, industrial parks, sewage treatment facilities, electrical generating plants.

In these uncertain economic times, we can not afford the federal government to take actions that will have such a significant impact on jobs in our region.

Save our jobs, build our economy not destroy it.

Imogene Reid


Help support fight for sight

To the Editor:

The 4th annual Visionwalk -- in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness organization -- will be held May 15th at the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville.

Foundation Fighting Blindness is a publicly-supported charity raising money to fund research for macular generation, retinitis pigmentosa, usher syndrome and any current incurable eye disease. We hope the slogan "a cure is in sight" will soon be just what it says! Great advancements are being made.

If you would like to donate and/or participate in the walk, please contact me at 294-5830 or Jason "Duck" Barber at 580-8212.

Nancy Barber


Low fat plant-based diets can prevent breast cancer

To the Editor:

I was saddened to hear that tennis star Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer, but I'm so glad she has an excellent prognosis. I know Americans are looking forward to her full recovery and also looking for ways to protect themselves and their loved ones from this disease.

The foods girls eat during childhood and throughout their lives appear to have an important effect on breast cancer risk. Countries with a higher intake of fat, especially animal fat, have higher breast cancer rates. The American diet, of course, is centered on animal products, which tend to be high in fat and low in important nutrients known to help prevent cancer.

But studies show that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and other low-fat vegetarian foods may decrease the incidence of breast cancer. A low-fat plant-based diet can also help women with breast cancer greatly reduce their risk of recurrence. For more information about how a healthy diet can help fight cancer, visit www.CancerProject.org.

Joseph Gonzales, R.D.

Staff Dietitian

The Cancer Project

Washington, DC

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