Letters to the Editor

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Tag: dupont

July
24th

I-522: Look carefully into ‘vote no’ information

Re: “Don’t be misled by scare tactics on food” (letter, 7-20).

The writer directs people to the FactsAbout522.com website but somehow fails to mention that the website and the anti-522 movement are mostly being paid for by chemical companies: DuPont, Monsanto, Dow and Bayer, among others. They are hardly an unbiased group, since they are the principle sources of genetically modified or engineered food products.

If, as the writer asserts, “GM foods are the most rigorously tested foods on the planet,” why would the producers object to their being labeled as such? They are so labeled in Europe,

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Jan.
27th

DUPONT: CalPortland wins, citizens lose

Re: “DuPont will get up to $200,000  for watershed-restoration project” (TNT, 1-25).

For all the wrong and self-serving reasons cited by five of six DuPont City Council members at the Jan. 24 meeting, the council has approved the 2011 settlement agreement between mine owner CalPortland, environmental groups and government agencies.

This agreement assigns determining the fate of Edmond Marsh, Sequalitchew Creek, Kettle Lake, Sequalitchew Creek Ravine Riparian Forest and Springs and the Puget Sound Shoreline Springs to the commercial interests of CalPortland, the Department of Ecology, the Environmental Caucus and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group – none

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Oct.
31st

I-1183: Is safety really a concern?

If I understand the two sides of the Initiative 1183 issue correctly, supporters are only interested in profits while opponents want the state to be in charge because it is concerned about public safety.

Oh really? Guess where the state recently opened a new liquor store? In DuPont, a heavily  military community that is directly across the freeway from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Many of our troops residing in that area are suffering from combat trauma-related PTSD, and its symptoms are just starting to surface from the last deployment.

My son has served four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the

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Oct.
10th

DUPONT: Oppose gravel mine expansion

The DuPont City Council is holding a hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, ostensibly to receive public input and vote on a proposed 2011 Settlement Agreement with CalPortland to expand its gravel mining operations in DuPont. I urge all DuPont citizens and interested people to attend.

I oppose mining expansion that requires dewatering of the aquifer underlying DuPont. Dewatering the aquifer will pump out millions of gallons of groundwater that sustains flow in Sequalitchew Creek and which will result in lowering the local water table enough to harm wetlands in our watershed.

The issue for DuPont seems to boil down to

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Oct.
10th

DUPONT: City Council should support agreement

As a citizen of DuPont watching the debate on the proposed settlement agreement and potential for additional gravel mining, I am dismayed by the lack of civility in the public discourse.

When I learned of potential harm to our environment I opposed the agreement, however I chose to educate myself and maintain an open mind. I read the agreement, attended public hearings, engaged elected and environmental leaders and toured CalPort’s facility. I do not believe the city, county, state, federal government, Nisqually Tribe and various environmental groups are part of a conspiracy and in the pockets of CalPort.

I remain,

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Oct.
7th

DUPONT: Oppose gravel mine expansion

On Tuesday, the DuPont City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. and vote on a very important issue that will have a negative impact on our watershed and environment. As citizens of DuPont, we urge other citizens to come and speak out against the proposed CalPortland Co.’s south parcel gravel mine expansion that would drain 6.5 million gallons of water a day and deplete our aquifer. (TNT, 10-6).

Clean, unpolluted water is one of the greatest natural resources we are blessed with in any community. It should be protected and preserved for future generations.

One only

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