I live in Moncure, and we are very worried here about the coal ash dumping being planned for the clay pits in Brickhaven. Coal ash is extremely toxic. The only "safe" way is to turn it into a kind of rock salt--a solid--and put it in large concrete bunkers on the same site where it was created. We need to keep it out of our water source, the streams flowing into the Cape Fear River. Both Sanford and southeastern Chatham get their drinking water from the Cape Fear River. Moncure has since the early 90s fought off a 7-state low-level (under 10,000 years life) nuclear dump; 3 landfills, extremely bad air pollution, still working against fracking, especially where we are near Lee County, and now this. I myself was lied to by Duke personnel about the coal ash they were pumping last spring into the Cape River River above the Sanford water supply intake. DENR fined them for it, and the Riverkeepers photographed them doing it. It seems our big public utility company feels quite free to lie and to destroy the lives of the people to whom they supply power. This is all unconscionable. This is criminal. So they give a few thousand dollars to schools to make us think they give a damn, and then they make us pay for this unscrupulous cleanup (!) which Terese Vick accurately called "cheap and dirty." Their real message clearly is: "We will kill you off one way or another, children first." And our state government allows this? Yes, we need to speak out. Public opinion can get through if enough of us complain loudly enough. Who profits? We don't. Eventually these corporate rich guys are going to poison their own grandparents and grandchildren if they don't remember their human nature pretty soon. Judy Hogan, Moncure (chatham County). firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the Independent for discovering the amazing Margie Ellison. She and I have worked together on the Coalition Steering Committee. We've worked on the Outreach Committee of the Coalition, and we've canvassed together. I've also brought her to my freshman classes at St. Augustine's in Raleigh to talk with the young people. I always learn new things about Margie and about the other people we engage with. It was a joy to work with her on the last two Chatham elections, for Carl Thompson and against the referendum to change the way Chatham votes. Some people talk the spiritual talk; Margie walks the spiritual walk. She can also love people in such a way that I wonder if they realize what has happened to them. She's a treasure. Thanks to Jennifer's writing and to you all for bringing her life and work to more public attention. I love her and value her perspectives and friendship.
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