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Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction (CARD) need your help to defeat uranium mining in northern Colorado. Thanks for your willingness to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

Here are some tips for writing a letter to the editor:

  • Keep your letter under 200 words. Use the Word Count feature on your computer to confirm your word count. Most newspapers will NOT take letters that are longer than 200 words.
  • Keep the tone of your letter friendly and down-to-earth. People are more likely to read it!
  • Most people won’t read beyond the first two sentences of your letter unless you are clear about your message. Start your letter by stating your opposition to uranium mining. Repeat your opposition at the end of your letter.
  • If you will be affected personally by the proposed mine, please talk about it. Your personal stories are more likely to be remembered.
  • Focus on one or two points and make these points well.
  • Write a letter each month! Most newspapers will only take one letter per month from a particular person.
  • Don’t mention the arguments for the mining project – let Powertech publicize those. Just refute the arguments without re-stating them. Example: instead of saying “Powertech says this project will be safe,” say “Uranium mining contaminates the area where it occurs.”

Here are some tips for sending your letter:

  • E-mail, fax, or mail your letter to as many newspapers as you can. Include your name, phone number, address, and e-mail address. They may contact you to be sure no one is writing a letter and using your name.
  • We would appreciate it if you would send a copy to the CARD Outreach Committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it before you send it to the newspaper. This allows us to “fact check” it and esnure we provide the public with factual information and a clear, consistent message.
  • If you e-mail your letter, e-mail it to one newspaper at a time, and send it as an attachment (not in the e-mail itself).
  • Put Letter to the Editor in the subject line.
  • Don’t “CC” anyone when you send the e-mail to a newspaper.

Here are newspapers where you can send your Letter to the Editor:

NewspaperAddressEmail Address
Central Weld Voice P.O. Box 130
Kersey 80644
 
Denver Post 101 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver 80202
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Fort Collins Coloradoan 1300 Riverside
Ft. Collins 80524
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Fort Collins Now 11 Old Town Sq.#200
Ft. Collins 80524
 
Greeley Tribune P.O. Box 1690
Greeley 80623
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La Tribuna 501 – 8th Ave.
Greeley 80623
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Loveland Reporter-Herald 201 E. Fifth St.
Loveland 80537
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North Forty News 3101 Kintzley Ct., #J
LaPorte 80535
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Rocky Mountain News 101 W. Colfax, #500
Denver 80202
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Rocky Mountain Chronicle 316 W. Mountain
Ft. Collins 80521
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Wellington Tribune P.O. Box 1428
Wellington 80549
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Windsor Beacon 425 Main Street Windsor
80550
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Windsor Tribune 501 – 8th St.
Greeley 80631
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Here are some points to make in your letter:

Community

  • Uranium mining will hurt property values.
  • Uranium mining will make millions of dollars for a foreign company and leave the mess in Colorado.
  • Radioactive uranium mining is usually done far from population centers for a reason. Northern Colorado is not a good place for this type of operation.

Environment

  • Uranium mining endangers water supplies for people, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Radiation is spread by every stage of the nuclear process – from exploration and mining to high-level nuclear waste disposal.
  • Spills and leaks have historically plagued all types of uranium mining.

Health

  • There is no safe level of radiation exposure.
  • In other parts of the U.S., uranium operations have been associated with huge increases in cancer.

Taxes

  • Contamination from uranium mining could cost taxpayers long after the company causing the problem has gone out of business.
  • The public has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up past uranium operations, and many still aren’t cleaned up.

Regulation

  • In situ leach mining of uranium has never been done in Colorado. We need regulations specific to this type of mining because of its dangers to our water.
  • Uranium mining is a major health and safety issue that needs to be tightly regulated at all levels of government.

Energy

  • Uranium is not a renewable resource. We need renewable energy sources.
  • Uranium is not a solution to global warming. Global warming is increased by the use of fossil fuels, and fossil fuels are used at nearly every stage of the uranium mining, nuclear power, and nuclear waste.



        
 

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