Letters to the Editor – Nov. 29

The Governor of the great state of Wyoming, Matthew H. Mead, has proclaimed that Friday, December 7, 2012 be remembered as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

It is earnestly recommended by the few remaining veterans in Wyoming, of the attack on Sunday, December 7, 1941 that we all honor the more than 2000 heroes that fell that day at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the more than 1000 wounded.

It is also requested by that same surviving veterans that all school teachers in this area bring to the children’s attention what happened at Pearl Harbor and that it was the beginning of America’s joining WWII.

For more information about the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, contact Mel Heckman at 307-672-0613.

Melvin M. Heckman

Wyoming State Chairman

Pearl Harbor Survivors

Wyoming Chapter #1

These days we hear a lot about Wyoming’s energy strategy, including things like “let the market call the shots,” and “we promote free enterprise, the free market system and capitalism.” Yet the latest bonding proposal for foreign uranium corporations looks like free market with a socialistic twist. In the last several months three uranium companies have come to the Wyoming Business Council with proposals, and with their hands out. It seems these companies are having trouble getting their start up money from regular sources, such as banks and investors, so they have come to the Wyoming Mineral Trust Fund. If uranium mining was a great, solid investment, the banks would be clamoring to loan to them, and investors buying in. But, not so. Could it be that the banks are not willing to take the risk; that they may be worried that these foreign companies might default, like the Gilt Edge Mine in the SD Black Hills did, and go back to their own country with the money and leave the clean up to them? According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in Sept. 2012, the expense to the taxpayer on the cleanup is now over $100,000,000. That number reads 100 million dollars! This bonding proposal brings to mind the Solyndra debacle that the Obama administration was involved in. Loan guarantees by the government, in this instance, our Wyoming citizen’s Mineral Trust Fund, to businesses too risky for the banks. These companies are asking for 20-47% of the project cost, the amount is up to 50% of their total assets, and one of these companies has lost over 16 million dollars in the last 2 years. Is this a wise use of our funds? If this is too risky for the banks, should it not also be for our Mineral Trust Fund? This is not letting the market call the shots; this is corporate socialism at its best.

Rod Knudson