The article by Shannyn Moore comparing Pebble mine with Red Devil Mine (Sept. 9) is one example of how industry and government fail to protect public health and the environment. What is the impact to populations when traditional means of subsistence are eliminated?
Let's begin with the Plains Indians and the destruction of their lifestyle, including killing of the buffalo. They have some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. The similarities between the Plains Indians and the future of Alaska Natives is familiarly haunting. Industry and government collaborating to remove traditional lifestyles and leaving the people who rely on subsistence with toxic mine tailings is a public health nightmare. What are these people supposed to eat when their main food source is gone?
The "Pebble Partnership" is incapable of guaranteeing that the Pebble mine will not destroy an abundant and healthy food source for future generations. The Red Devil Mine is doing just that. Don't destroy another culture with short-sighted greed.
-- Patricia Cue