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D.P. Bond: Open Letter To EPA

"You behave less like a government agency concerned with the general welfare than an occupying army. Your conduct here was likened by your own Ombudsman, Hugh Kaufman, a decade ago as the behaviour of "jack-booted thugs." We miners are Parisians in Vichy France. For every seasonal job you create moving dirt from one place to another, you are very likely destroying two or three full-time, high-paying mining jobs that come with benefits, security, and a sense of worth. We need your permission to plant a shrub. You are destroying a way of life, as well. The way it looks from here, you'd rather have us all on the dole." David Bond's complete  Wallace Street Journal open letter to EPA here.

Question: Do you consider the EPA's cleanup intervention in the Silver Valley to be a plus or minus overall?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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