Letters to the Editor

Think about it

I want it known that we are totally against the fertilizer plant in Mint Valley. As a 100-percent disabled veteran, I have worked with anhydrous ammonia that being a cooling agent for our Hound Dog Missile AGM-28B. My experiences with this chemical have been at the point of almost total loss of oxygen. The breathing of this chemical is almost total loss of life. Now I live within two blocks of this new plant and also the Head Start school is right on Memorial Park Drive. All I can say is, if I or any part of my family have any contact with anhydrous ammonia, there will be a problem with me and this city. I also believe that with this plant will reduce the value of property in this area, including mine. Think of the kids and their parents that live in this area. Do you think their lives are worth it? Someone is not thinking on this project. It better be looked at very close. Too many lives depend on this.

Put this plant out in some desert where it belongs, away from the kids and people that may have to breath this noxious gas. Accidents do happen, especially with gasses. Think! Think! Think!

Clarence and Ludda Burbick


No harm

Concerning the letter by Rev. Green: If God didn’t want us to use and export coal, why did he create it? Also coal has been moved through the Cowlitz County area for years. Where are all the piles of dust and where are all the people that have been “harmed” by it?

It sounds to me that Rev. Green likes to love one neighbor but not the other.

David Fossati


Peaceful change

I would like to state my opinion on the sports players who “take a knee” when the national anthem is played.

I am an Army veteran, and I served in the U.S. and a small NATO detachment in Germany. The purpose of my service was to assure that the citizens of America had the freedom to try peacefully to change anything that weakens our country, including actions or policies that do not protect all citizens.

Although I will always stand for the anthem, I respect the right to use this symbol to try to change the perception of equal opportunity for all categories of citizens.

If you don’t resist unfair policies and practices, you are accepting someone else’s biased ideas of what’s proper. You may just as well be a lab rat, to be disposed of, at the will of those who decide they don’t agree with the results.

John Fox


Last day

Wednesday, Nov. 15, is the last day of the comment period for the proposed anhydrous ammonia plant at the Mint Farm. This comment period is a time for the public to ask for their concerns to be studied in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The City of Longview is requiring the project to complete an EIS and as resident of Longview, we ought to participate.

Here’s a concern I plan to comment on: meth manufacturing. According to one 2002 crime report from a West, Texas fertilizer plant similar to the one proposed in Longview, intruders were stealing four to five gallons of anhydrous ammonia every three days. In June 2001, burglars stole 150 pounds of anhydrous ammonia from storage tanks three nights in a row.

Why? Anhydrous ammonia can be used to cook methamphetamine, the addictive and illicit stimulant.

The trickle-down effect of building a massive anhydrous ammonia plant so close to residential neighborhoods will impact our air, health, safety, climate, and drug abuse and all must be considered.

Submit your comments to PCFscoping@mylongview.com by Wednesday.

Sandra Davis


Never forget

Thank you for the recent article featuring Kelso High School students honoring our vets. It is so refreshing to see young people showing respect, honor and gratefulness to those who have given so much. Let us never forget the debt we owe to the men and women who have served our country. Thank you.

Vicki Gunter