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The Oblongs

I’ve always liked cartoons. As a kid I watched Jem, Ninja Turtles, Strawberry Shortcake, Lady Lovely Locks, The Huggabunch, Tiny Toon Adventures, Doug, Rugrats, and many more. As I got older I still watched the same toons and added on new ones like Family Guy, Robot Chicken, King of the Hill, Daria, American Dad, and The Oblongs. Most of the shows are now in syndication so I catch them on Adult Swim late at night. Well, The Oblongs happened to be on one night at 1am. The opening credits played and I thought to myself, “My god if North Carolina doesn’t get it together we’re gonna be like the Oblongs.”

As strange as the Oblongs are they are victims of toxic waste. Though the show is meant for entertainment for countless people across the United States, it’s not funny. The affects of sludge spreading are taking the toll on our citizens. It’s no secret that cancer rates are on the rise in North Carolina and as our doctors and researchers stand dumbfounded the environmentalists are waving the proof frantically, but is anyone really listening and reading? If people are eating right, exercising, and avoiding other unhealthy habits, but still getting sick shouldn’t a red light and siren go off screaming, “SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT!”

It’s time we start taking a SERIOUS non-bias look at our environmental status. Put your political affiliations, favors, greed, pride, and ego to the side and wake the fuck up! (yeah I said it) We cannot allow companies such as LabCorp, Synagro, and others to continue the improper disposal of medical waste. Stop blaming the pigs…there is no odor in the air so we know it’s not the piggies. Stop tricking farmers into sludge spreading. Guess what geniuses? YOU EAT THE PRODUCE FROM THEIR FIELDS! YOU DRINK THE SAME DAMN WATER AS EVERYONE ELSE!

And it’s going to take everyday citizens to stand up and say, “NO!” I’m so happy to see people in Virginia taking a stand against the uranium mine. It’s time for us North Carolinians to band together and write blogs, comment on news articles, write to our senators, write to our governor, hell write to the president. Who cares if they don’t respond to you personally; the point is they read it!

I don’t know about any of you, but I feel like my 3-5 days per week in the gym mixed with my healthy eating habits are a waste of my time and effort if my air, water, and soil are contaminated. Sure, my chances of survival are higher than a person who doesn’t do this, but I shouldn’t have to second guess drinking water from the tap (actually I don’t do it at all). I shouldn’t have to cringe bathing in water that hasn’t been run through a Brita filter. We should be able to enjoy North Carolina’s lakes and beaches. We should relax on our back porches sipping Duplin wine and other NC brands with absolutely no worries. We should drink Red Oak and Natty Green’s other NC beers with the same worry free mind.

There is NO pride in being dubbed the Cancer State. There is NO pride in having all these cancer facilities because we have so many cancer patients. There is NO pride in having gov’t officials that allow this crap to continue. Our state toast is as follows:

Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!

Here’s to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
‘Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron’s rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great,
In the “Land of the Sky,” in the Old North State!

Here’s to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!

I look at the Old North State and shake my head in a myriad of emotions. We have a beautiful state with a rich history and we are destroying it. Our gov’t officials ought to be ashamed and embarrassed.

Again it’s time to wake the fuck up or we’re going to be like The Oblongs.

Mining Question?

Thank you Karen Maute:

http://www2.godanriver.com/gdr/news/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/danville_letters/article/mining_question/17116/

Mining question

By Published by The Editorial Board

Published: January 17, 2010

To the editor:

The Danville Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority (DPRIFA)

consists of City council and Board of Supervisors members. According to state

code and local ordinance, the authority exists to enhance the economic base for

the member localities and to promote the health, safety, welfare convenience and

prosperity of inhabitants of the region and the commonwealth.

At present, DPRIFA is developing the Berry Hill Mega Park and has spent

approximately $13 million.

Pittsylvania County’s administrator has been quoted as saying that

installation of roads, utilities, erosion control, grading and making the site

into a park will cost $222 million.

Everyone is hopeful that this park will be developed resulting in long-term

employment and economic opportunity.

DPRIFA member and Supervisor Coy Harville was quoted as saying RIFA has no

intention of mining uranium at the Berry Hill megapark site. Parcels purchased

by DPRIFA have historic Marline uranium leases. DPRIFA now owns the mineral

rights in the megapark.

If no uranium mining and milling are planned for the megapark, why not pass a

resolution declaring that to be the case?

KAREN B. MAUTE

Mount Cross

Va. Beach weighs in on mining study

By Published by

The Editorial Board
Published: January

17, 2010

Here in the Dan River Region, the predominant public opinion about uranium

mining and milling appears to be, “Wait for the study’s results to come in and

then decide.”

If that’s how most people really feel, then it’s a triumph for Virginia

Uranium Inc.

For more than two years, the company wanted the National Academy of Sciences

to study uranium mining and milling. They’ve got the study from the agency they

wanted and the public has, for the most part, taken a stand on the sidelines.

How long people will remain there is anyone’s guess.

That hasn’t stopped Virginia Beach, which drinks Pittsylvania County water,

from taking a keen interest in what might happen at Coles Hill, the site of a

119-million pound deposit of uranium ore.

At about the time Virginia was placing a moratorium on uranium mining,

Virginia Beach was starting to fight Southside Virginia and the state of North

Carolina for the right to withdraw 60 million gallons of water a day from Lake

Gaston. Today, Virginia Beach depends on Lake Gaston water, and some of the

water in Lake Gaston flows past Virginia Uranium’s Coles Hill site.

For that reason, Virginia’s largest city is conducting a study of its own to

determine what would happen if a weather-related disaster at Coles Hill affected

the water supply it relies on.

“We’ve concluded that it’s very important (that) this be done,” said Thomas

Leahy, Virginia Beach’s director of public utilities. “… We think it’s a

question that has to be answered. No one else is going to do this study.”

The National Academy of Sciences is studying uranium mining and milling in

Virginia, not just the portion of Virginia about six miles northeast of Chatham

that sits atop billions of dollars worth of uranium ore.

Virginia Beach will spend $437,000 on its study. Pittsylvania County doesn’t

have that kind of money, of course, but even it did, it’s unlikely that it would

spend any money to study any aspect of the proposed project. The Board of

Supervisors can’t even bring itself to say that it doesn’t want uranium mining

or milling in the new industrial megapark it’s building with Danville off Berry

Hill Road.

Virginia Beach continued interest in this project — and its willingness to

put its money where its concern is — represents a wild card VUI most likely

never expected to see played.

Given the high stakes that are involved, we welcome any and every bit of

credible, third-party information about this complex project. Virginia Beach has

a stake in this project. Since 1998, they’ve consumed some of our water. If they

can’t drink it, we certainly can’t drink it.