Letter sent to the Arizona Daily Star, January 7, 2011
Re: the Dec. 30 letter to the editor “Rosemont is a plus for Tucson’s economy.”
Another reader seems to be rubber-stamping the Rosemont Project based on jobs.
If Rosemont were only providing jobs, no one would disapprove. Documented facts demonstrate otherwise.
This mine project will have devastating negative effects on thousands of homeowners in southeastern Arizona for a lifetime.
The Star has had continuous articles of the serious water issues facing our state. That alone should be enough to have people open their eyes to the far greater negative impacts Rosemont will cost Arizona.
Does anyone really believe that thousands should be sacrificed to save a few jobs? As copper prices rise, other mines are reopening, adding jobs and that sought-after tax revenue.
There’s no copper shortage, so why cause more destruction? After recent revelations about the Forest Service’s handling of mine meetings, let’s hope they haven’t dusted off their rubber stamp.
We don’t have to destroy Arizona to make it prosper.