Letters to the editor
A failing community
Responding to the articles in the Sun Advocate Dec. 13 and 15 editions referring to 'ECDC wants to modify permits to include PCBs' in our existing landfill. PCBs are a highly toxic carcinogenic responsible for causing cancer, throat irritation, lung, kidney and liver failure. These chemicals are so toxic their usage was, in total, banned by our government in 1979.
Years ago ECDC made two promises to our community. The first was new sidewalks, streets and utilities The second promise was that the facility would never be use for hazardous or toxic materials. The first promise has already been broken. The citizens were dumped on to pay the $8 million cost for the improvements allowing ECDC to walk away from their obligation. Now their working on reneging on the second promise; this time treating the health and lives of our community residents.
Months ago Bob Murray proposed building the residents a new reservoir replacing the existing one he destroyed, again dumping the feasibility, drilling and road costs on the communities. Then he walked away from his obligations including building the reservoir.
How many times does it take to learn when sticking your hand in a fire you will get is burnt. How many times does it take before you quit sticking your hand back in the fire?
The citizens of East Carbon and Columbia are so concerned what is happening to their community that less than 10 percent of the registered voters turned out to vote in the last election. And only five individuals took the time to attend the council meeting Tuesday evening to discuss ECDC proposal to dump the highly hazardous toxic materials in our back yards.
This time its not just about dumping additional expense on its citizens, it's about your life and your kids' life. It seems you don't even care enough to attend the meetings, showing concern for your health and the health of your children.
This tells me you deserve what you get. You will obtain the same results by putting the fox in the hen house to protect the chickens.
Robert L Warren, East Carbon
State needs another view
As citizens of Carbon County we find ourselves a political minority compared to the rest of the state. This is causing political isolation and a lack of representation for our area.
Utah is predominantly a Republican state and Carbon County is notorious for its Democratic views. Something needs to be done to insure that the needs of our area are met and our rights need to be respected in conjunction with the state.
With Utah's "winner take all" policy towards presidential elections, any vote that opposes the grossly over dominated Republican choice can practically be ignored (aka any vote from Carbon). To suffice this plea state policy could change to a split electoral vote like it is in Nebraska and Colorado, ensuring that all voices are heard.
Though we may be small in numbers, small amounts of opposing votes around the state could add up to prove benneficial to the cause. Also, with how our districting for political boundaries is aligned,
Carbon is so out numbered in one of the largest districts in the state, we don't even have power to make a change in who we want representing us. People in the state need to consider all the possibilites when it comes to choosing, not just denying those who aren't of their party.
It would just take a brave few to be open minded and that could change everything.
Carson Tatton, Price
Spread the word
I am a student at USU Eastern, and I absolutely love it here. USU Eastern is one of the best ways to get a higher education. It's affordable, has awesome teachers, and small class sizes. The only problem is recruitment.
I'm from Springville (a smaller town in Utah County) and I was the only one out of my graduating class who decided to come to USU Eastern. Before I graduated I would tell my friends I was going to USU Eastern and they would have no idea where the school even is. If more potential students knew about this school more would be bound to attend.
We can spread the word about USU Eastern by doing the following.
*By setting up an Incoming freshman Facebook page.
*By sending out more mail (Seriously, my senior year of high school I got no mail from USU Eastern, but other schools sent me mail twice a week).
*By calling students who are interested and answer questions or just to give them information.
If we did these things I guarantee our enrollment would go up. This school is an asset to the community and we need to make sure it grows.
Monica Parkinson, Springville
Over the past week I have taken great pride in reading and watching accounts of our Utah Guardsmen as they answered the call and aided the citizens and local authorities in Davis County.
The great men and women of the Utah National Guard did their duty as I expected them to, and as they will continue to do. But this is not the whole story.
During these types of state emergencies, the National Guard plays a supporting role to state and local emergency management professionals. Davis County officials used their resources wisely, and skillfully directed the clean-up effort from the Emergency Operations Center in Farmington. The National Guard was just one of many tools they used to accomplish this. This was a group effort. Being a resident of Davis County, I had the opportunity to assist in the clean-up effort in my community alongside Guardsmen, state and county employees, and members of the community. Citizens came out of their homes, thanked the Guard for coming and then stood side by side with those getting paid to do the job. These volunteers stayed until the job was done and then showed up again the next day to help their neighbors. It was a testament to the caliber of people we have in Utah.
More than anything, this last week has reinforced a long-held belief that we have the finest citizens in the country. I have said many times that the reason the Utah National Guard is such a quality force, and has an unparalleled reputation wherever we go in the world, is a direct result of the fine recruits who volunteer to join our ranks. The Utah National Guard will continue to be a ready and relevant force prepared to do our duty when called upon. We, as the Citizen-Soldiers of the Utah National Guard, were honored to stand by the residents of Davis County last week, just as the citizens of the entire state have stood by us during this last decade of war. Any thanks belong to those citizens.
Major General Brian Tarbet, Utah National Guard