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Letter to the editor: What about the children?

March 13, 2017


To the editor:

Republicans and I don’t agree on much, goodness knows, but I never thought they didn’t love their children. And yet, every environmental proposal introduced so far seems to indicate this.

Destroying the EPA, for example. Why dismantle an agency created to ensure that children have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe? Are profit margins more important than a child’s quality of life? If acknowledging the human activity/climate change connection means corporations lose money in the short-term, isn’t the long-term investment in their children’s survival a sound enough return?

And how do Republicans who love their children face them knowing that they made it OK for coal companies to dump toxic waste into our streams, that they defunded protection for our oceans and lakes, that they said yes to removing emissions standards for cars, that they are asking to exempt the “uranium-bearing portions of the Inyan Kara Group aquifers from protection under the Safe Drinking Water Act”? That’s radioactive material, folks.

And how do they justify reintroducing lead bullets when lead leaches into our water and causes brain damage? Or that when eagles, the symbol of our democracy, eat lead shot, they die?

This isn’t a partisan issue. The repercussions of these indefensible decisions don’t just affect the children of Democrats or people who don’t want a wall or people who believe in a woman’s right to choose or Jewish or Muslim or poor children; they affect every child. Every single child. Including the children of rich Republicans.


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