Three good reasons to attend Moms’ event on the mine issue

Rio Tinto's mine 30 miles from Salt Lake City.

“You should come to the Kamloops Moms for Clean event on Sunday,” I told a friend yesterday.

“What’s that about?”

“There are going to be two great speakers talking about the Rio Tinto mine near Salt Lake City.”

“Is this one of those anti-Ajax groups?” he asked suspiciously.

“What difference does it make?”  I replied.

“They’ve already got their minds made up!” he exclaimed. “They’re the ‘don’t confuse me with the facts’ crowd.”

“You’re missing the point.” I said. “These speakers are experts who know what they’re talking about. Facts are friendly. If you want to learn more about what effect Ajax might have on the community, you have nothing to lose, and maybe something to gain, by listening.”

So, regardless of whether you’re for or against Ajax, here are three good reasons (aside from the fact I’ll be the moderator) you should be there on Sunday, 2 p.m., Parkside Lounge in the ISC:

  1. Ajax is the most important issue to come along in a long, long time. Finding out more about how mines affect communities is important.
  2. The two speakers the Moms have lined up are top-notch. Dr. Brian Moench is Founder and President of Utah Physicians for Healthy Environment. He will discuss medical research regarding air pollution and its effects on our health. Cherise Udell is Founder and President of Utah Moms for Clean Air. She travelled to London during the Olympics to challenge Rio Tinto (which was contracted to produce the medals) on the issue of air quality.
  3. This is a rare opportunity to ask questions, and get them answered.

See you there.

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1 Comment on Three good reasons to attend Moms’ event on the mine issue

  1. Alistair Morris // March 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM // Reply

    Thank you, Mr. Rothenburger, for speaking out on this vitally important issue. Your participation lends great credability to the debate without fear-mongering. I wish more people would get involved, ask questions and find out for themselves what the reality might be for our wonderful community. Please keep speaking up & out!

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