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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Letters to the editor


Nevada's top attorney responds on Fernald

I read with great disappointment the Enquirer's July 5 editorial urging the U.S. Department of Energy to push ahead with the cleanup of its facility at Fernald at the expense of the health and safety of the men, women and children of Nevada. As Nevada's attorney general, I simply will not ignore a deliberate and illegal attempt by the DOE to move thousands of tons of lethal nuclear waste from Ohio to a dirt trench in Nevada.

Moreover, the editorial did not share with your readers the risks posed to the millions of Americans who live, work and play along the proposed transportation routes from Ohio to Nevada. You don't need to be a nuclear scientist to figure out that mixing nuclear waste in concrete, throwing it on the back of a truck and moving it across America to dump it in a dirt hole is primitive and dangerous.

In a detailed letter, sent almost three months ago, Nevada advised DOE that its proposal to bring the Fernald nuclear waste to our state is a flagrant violation of federal and state law. Incredibly, DOE has failed to respond to these legal issues despite promises to do so.

I am confident that if Ohio were in Nevada's shoes, the editorial would have read much differently. Because DOE's proposal presents potentially serious dangers for Nevadans, I remain firm in my resolve to protect Nevada in the courts. The citizens of Nevada expect and deserve nothing less.

Brian Sandoval, Nevada attorney general

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Stewart knew consequences, must pay

In response to the letter "Stewart getting shoddy treatment Schott did" (July 15), calling Martha Stewart's sentencing an "injustice," I would like to offer a correction: Her conviction was for lying to the federal government, not her stock sale.

As a former stockbroker, Stewart was fully aware of her actions and the consequences of lying to the government. Corporate executives who are dishonest and get caught have to suffer the consequences.

Nancy Gack, Anderson Township

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What if Bush women were in service?

It seems the Bushes' daughters will appear in Vogue magazine in designer gowns. They each have plans to teach or work with children and then tag along on some of Daddy's campaigning, even though neither of them has any interest in politics (like their father?).

I wonder what President Bush's foreign policy would have looked like in the past years if these beauties had been members of the National Guard. If Bush's girls were on the firing line, would we have such a cavalier and independent foreign policy aimed at offending those who are really our strongest allies?

Martha Good, Hyde Park

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As trial lawyer, Edwards no populist

It is amusing that Sen. John Edwards is touted as a populist vice presidential candidate who is concerned with the working people of this country.

As a liability lawyer, he has benefited from an unlegislated, regressive income redistribution tax that is taken from every working person in this country and given to a few individuals whose goals are not the betterment of society but their fortunes. The billions of dollars in added cost to the manufacturing and service sectors are also part of the fuel that drives tens of thousands of jobs overseas every year.

Stephen A. Fischer, Mount Lookout

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All must speak out to defend beliefs

Thanks to the Enquirer for featuring Rev. Larry Gearhart's "Local voices" column ("Sin is sin, regardless of conscience," July 11). It takes the courage of one's convictions to speak of objective morality to the people of this country who tend to base their moral decisions on emotion and circumstances. I pray that Catholic bishops, all Catholics, and all those in this country who still have convictions will speak out fearlessly to defend their beliefs.

If this country and our government continue to compromise basic principles of right and wrong without challenge, we will soon find ourselves adrift in a totally amoral society.

Mary Kay Feighery, Montgomery

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Cincinnati manufacturing not 'stable'

"Ohio manufacturing decline since 1999" (July 11) reported a decline in Ohio manufacturing since 1999, from 1024.8 (Jan.) to 826.7 (May). Cincinnati "remained relatively stable," declining from 125 (January) to 104.6 (May). By my calculations, the state declined 19.3 percent, while Cincinnati declined by 16.3 percent. I would hardly suggest that the Cincinnati decline was "relatively stable."

Dean Kallander, Hamilton




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