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Sand Mine
Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 • Posted September 21, 2011

What jumped out at me from Gerry’s article on the coming Sand Mine, in Katemcy, was the revelation that this “industry” is almost totally Unregulated.Here is the much vaunted Free Market, at work. This Corporate Person has bought up all that land, and are Free to do as they will….no matter what the neighbors think. I noted the same Inconsistency, if not outright Hypocrisy, in the recent hubbub over Power Lines. Thankfully, in that fight, the Machinery of government was successfully brought to bear, for now. There appears to be no such recourse in this fight, however.That this is true, that Government has little say in the operations of this Corporate Person, is wholly consistent with the Free Market Fundamentalism, so popular on the Right.How often have we heard about “Freeing Job Creators” from “Government Interference”?How often has Mr Hemphill, and many others, railed against those Damned Treehuggers and Overbearing Regulators?Here is the result; a Corporate Person has bought land, and will soon degrade our Common Air, Pump an Incredible amount of our Common Water, clog our Common Roads with Trucks…and there ain’t a thing we can do about it.Welcome to the Free Market you all have been pining for!I cannot effectively water a garden, at this time, due to the drought, and the resultant water restrictions; and Green grass is almost nonexistent in Mason. Yet this “Person” can pump away, as there is , it seems, no one to stop them.This coming Blight can be laid squarely at the feet of those who have hollered and screamed about “Big Government”, and largely succeeded in shrinking that government.You have no one to blame, but yourselves.Your votes matter…in the future, may I suggest that you consider the effects of those votes, and whether they are really in your interest.

Ab Irato,

Josef D. Pinter

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