Dig Baby, Dig!

Posted Monday, September 21, 2009, at 8:43 PM
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  • Brian,

    As you know, Denver is plagued with water shortages, because most of Colorado's streams are poisoned from the high mountain mining of the 1800s and earlier 1900s.

    With the steel plants, Pueblo claimed water rights from the Arkansas River, plus huge areas west of the Continental Divide, building diversion canal systems to move that water into the Arkansas. That "legal" water will probably make Pueblo the queen city of Southern Colorado.

    The Hudson River [At least above the TankerZee Bridge] has been cleaned up after centuries of serving as an open sewer. Boston Harbor and the river above has been cleaned up.

    In all probability, the early deaths of most of the men in Mickey Mantle's family can probably attributed to their lives in those unregulated lead mines.

    Mickey's own well-known leg problems quite possibly resulted from the environmental disgrace around Picher, Commerce and Treece.

    With the family out of the mines, there has been no trace of the "genetic" diseases which killed the men.

    When our high school football teams competed in playoffs back in 1948, we shared the woodworking shop as a dressing room. The Commerce guys were accustomed to seeing Mickey's legs taped from the top of his thighs to the toes. We weren't.

    In fact, we could not believe anyone could walk on those legs, which did not belong on a high school athlete -- or any other human.

    [The game was a scoreless tie going into the last seven seconds. With more penetrations past the Commerce twenty, we thought the game was won. Until, those legs carried Mickey 93 yards untouched.]

    A friend bought 12 acres, 35 years ago, intending to develop it into an apartment complex when his city grew. Before he could begin, tests revealed the entire site was contaminated with toxic wastes long before he bought it.

    The guilty company took its profits, merged, merged again and again. The final company took all its jobs to China in the 1980s and sold out to an "off shore" conglomerte in 2002.

    At 85, after investing his hopes in in 1974, he greets folks at a WalMarts and keeps the carts straight, paying for someone else's criminal misconduct.

    Eventually, all taxpayers will foot the bill to clean up what some Neo-Conservative businessman

    did to increase his profits.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 2:47 AM
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