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Will get-rich-quick cash be worth the misery?
Re: KTW’s story of Sept. 17 (‘Protest numbers match those at Ajax meetings’):
This letter is directed at the very young and so naive James Arko, who shared some of his thoughts about the proposed Ajax mine issue during the rally at Thompson Rivers University on Sept. 12.
What an ignorant young person he is if he thinks he is going to survive 23 years in this town with no ill side effects from this proposed mine.
He will be in his late 20s or early 30s and he could be dead.
He could contract cancer of the mouth, throat, lungs or any other part of his body.
He could have emphysema or one of many other serious and disabiling lung problems directly related to the pollution this proposed mine will create.
There are just too many effects to a person’s body to name in a short letter, but I am sure Arko is savvy enough to do some web surfing to find out.
After all, he has the knowledge of at least 17 years on this earth.
He was quoted as saying: “It’s mainly old people here and it’s not like they are going to be around here in a bit.”
They might not be around here “in a bit,” but he may be and so may his parents and maybe even a baby or two of his own — and those are the people who will be drinking the polluted water and inhaling the acidic air.
Is he willing to take the chance of killing his parents, his friends and his yet unborn children for, what, a few dollars of promised get-rich-quick money?
If Arko does get a job in the mine and he survives the 23 years it is forecast to operate, he probably won’t be healthy enough to find another job anywhere else when the mine closes.
Has he thought that far ahead?
Arko and his friends might want to look into the effects of similar mining operations in other cities and towns.
He and his friends need to do their homework so they can make informed opinions.
Somebody once said, “I gave up my health to get some wealth and now I’d give all my wealth to get my health back again.”