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Fair trade?

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As a native-born Nevadan living in Humboldt County, Nev., I have seen firsthand both sides of the mining issue (HCN, 4/26/10). Twenty years from now, we will be asking what we have to show for all the mountains of tailing piles, open pits with poisoned water, miles of roads cut into the landscape for test drilling, and mercury-tainted rivers and lakes. Keep in mind that the vast majority of the gold went into jewelry production, not into currency or for industrial needs. With any downturn in mining, we will suffer with lower home prices and higher unemployment, just as we did in 1999. But we managed before the mining boom and we will have to adjust once the ore runs out. The people of Nevada must consider this a fair trade.

Jan Stabile
Winnemucca, Nevada

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