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Re: “Election day at last

I agree that the "Entitlement Class" is not a myth… it is made up of the "Corporate Welfare State" and their super-rich owners. The help we give the poor is not a drop in the bucket in comparison.

"When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform set off the worst oil spill at sea in American history, it was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. Registering there allowed the rig’s owner to significantly reduce its American taxes." http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/business…

"This is basically a bunch of corporations trying to bully the White House into keeping the corporate welfare spigot on, threatening to stop hiring and creating jobs if they don’t get it." http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/03/30/cor…

"As the U.S. Congress debated welfare policy, the media spotlight focused on the need to cut spending to the poorest people in the nation. At the same time, there was no or minimal coverage of policies that send billions of government dollars to corporate interests from oil companies to agribusiness to firms producing arms." http://gbgm-umc.org/Response/articles/corp…

Posted by DuBose on 11/02/2010 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Fighting the leftist lean

Thank goodness for the liberal academics that know the Earth is more than six thousand years old and humans did not live at the same time as the "behemoth" dinosaurs. I hope the Arkansas academics do better than those in Texas:

"Texas Board of Education approved for its social studies curriculum and textbooks:

- The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, "replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin."

- The Board refused to require that "students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others." "

Posted by DuBose on 08/18/2010 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Assigned reading

Friends of the Upper Ouachita River System

On August 16th, 2010, there will be a public listening session held by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) concerning the current discharge of minerals into Wilson Creek that do not meet Ouachita Mountain water quality standards as set forth by ADEQ. The Ouachita Mountain water quality standards were developed to protect the aquatic environment including drinking water and swim-able standards. UMETCO Minerals Corporation has requested an "increase in Total Dissolved Solids and an increase in Sulfate and an increase in Chloride standards. UMETCO has worked hard to meet the standards but, there is still work to be done to protect the environment, which includes drinking water, fish production, public use in swimming areas, and general use in Lake Catherine and downstream from Lake Catherine Dam. Most important is the possible degradation of drinking water that several community water supply systems will have to deal with for decades to come.

The more pollutants that are introduced into the system, the more detrimental effect on the environment that we all depend on. We cannot ignore these issues because we are here to protect the environment for future generations.

For example, ADEQ is now looking at approving or disapproving an increase in pollutants to the Lake Catherine area (and downstream areas). What will happen with the next request? And the next request?

Conducting an in-depth study of the entire Ouachita River system from Blakely Mountain Dam to just past Arkadelphia, AR, in relation to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and including non-point discharge, would seem most appropriate before approving another "individual" increase in discharge. It is simply not appropriate to allow the "first" applicant to get a free pass when the "whatever number" has to really pay the price to meet the standards because the system can't stand another polluter.

Please plan to attend the ADEQ public meeting on August 16, 2010, at 6 pm in the Lakeside Junior High School, 2865 Malvern Ave., Hot Spring, AR. It would help to have many voices recommend conducting a comprehensive study to assess the total "loading" of the system before a decision is made on the "single" request. In all fairness, the total system must be considered before allowing a deviation from the standards. Placing the current request from UMETCO on hold until a comprehensive study can be completed will be the best for the environment, all drinking water users, and all other people who use and enjoy the great water quality that Arkansas has as an expected benefit.

Feel free to call 501-622-8003 or 501-317-2018 for more information! There is a lot more to learn about the degradation of Wilson Creek, Lake Catherine, and Ouachita River due to the pollutants coming down Wilson Creek. The question really is "how many other Wilson Creeks are there to consider" before the pollutants are too much.

Posted by DuBose on 08/09/2010 at 11:29 AM


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