To the editor:

I share the concerns of Dan Heynen (Frontiersman, July 21) regarding the Wishbone Mine.

Anyone who uses the term “clean-burning coal” ought to be slapped. As they say, follow the money.

Years ago I studied respiratory therapy in the Midwest and emergency medical technology in the Rockies. Both required hospital rotations and familiarity with treatment equipment. The name DeVilbiss was prominent in the manufacture and sales of respiratory therapy equipment used in hospitals and homes. They had a big plant in northern Ohio. The more people who become ill with respiratory problems and the sicker they get, the more money went into DeVilbiss’ coffers. I don’t know if there’s a connection, but Mat-Su Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss has given his blessing to coal mining and transport through our now-pristine valley.

I use three types of medical devices for breathing problems and having the Wishbone Mine and Palmer winds blowing coal dust and trainloads of coal rolling along daily with the inevitable residue will put my life, and many others, at risk.

Are the politicians who asked us to trust them with our votes and well-being having a contest to see who can hurt their constituents most in an oil vs. coal-but-the-people-always-lose political financial game?

Carol Neuerman


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