Carol Roshto-Smith: Federal distrust in Breckenridge is understandable |

Carol Roshto-Smith: Federal distrust in Breckenridge is understandable

Carol Roshto-Smith

Don’t worry about the toxic waste ground that’s in the French Creek area. Your government has your back! The same government that has managed the Iraq civil war so well. The same government that’s doing so well rebuilding post-apocalyptic New Orleans after Katrina. The same government that has assaulted the clean air act for the last six years. The same government that has cleaned up corruption in Washington like they promised to do in the “Contract with America” in 1994. Our government can be trusted! Let’s review the truthiness our government once held dear:Pat Tillman was killed by the enemy. Jessica Lynch valiantly fought back against her enemies as her comrades were killed by enemy fire. There are weapons of mass destruction.

The war in Iraq is going well. Democrats are denying funding to our troops. The wounded heroes are being treated well. Brownie was doing a heck of a job during the Katrina catastrophe. I don’t think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees. We do not torture.

Budget deficits will be small and temporary. Saddam Hussein tried to buy yellow cake Uranium in Africa. I have been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.The jury is still out on global warming.

I read the report put out by the bureaucracy (referring to the Enviromental Protection Agency). There is lead and arsenic in the claimjumper area and it far exceeds safe levels for a residential setting. Recreation in the area is not safe either. The hazardous material will be moved to the the Wellington Ore Mine where a waste rock depository already exist. Traditional excavation equipment will be used for the job. The removal is set to take place this summer. Although Steve Way of the U.S. Forest Service has honestly wanted to motivate a clean up of the area since discovery, it has not been seriously addressed until recently. Why remove the toxic waste now? How long have we known about the hazards but allowed development anyway? Could it be that after 100 years the glowing rocks are part of a parcel being considered for trade by a developer? Don’t worry. If it’s cleaned in time, the developer will trade the backcountry inholding for a piece of slopeside real estate in Keystone Resort. Shocking, isn’t it? But don’t worry about asking the Environmental Protection Agency any questions. Just trust your government! Drink the Kool-aid, but make sure you make it with bottled water.Questions or comments about this column can be directed to

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