Silver Valley Action
Opinion


We, the Silver Valley Community Resource Center and those we serve, believe that we have a right to speak out against the continuing problems in the Silver Valley and downstream, in keeping with our mission.

Because of the work of this organization, SVCRC and its director frequently are attacked for asserting this right. 

Within the past few days, because of acting to voice our opinion regarding what we beleive to be media reporting that excludes facts about the status of the Mission Repository and other concerns, this organization was verbally attacked by a major Inland NW news organization.

This is similar to the dictates of a smaller are publishing firm which appears on the Archives page of this web site. 

Our response of 1 August, 2008 follows:

To whom it may concern:
 
The SVCRC, for more than 20 years, has been the voice of those who have been harmed by decades of damage from the mining industry and selected special interest developers.
 
We have provided education, health options and created employment opportunities for many people in the valley and the entire 1500 square mile area known as the Bunker Hill EPA Superfund Site.
 
SVCRC has worked effectively with media venues nationally and internationally for most of these years to educate the larger public about the real issues existing in the Silver Valley, the Coeur d'Alene River Basin and downstream, including Coeur d'Alene Lake and Spokane River.
 
Recently, the Spokesman Review has published a number of articles that provide little information about the serious issues of toxic pollution in the area, including in and along the Spokane River.
 
We do continue to believe that the current attitude at the Spokesman Review is less than supportive of fair coverage of this issue and as such we do have the right to request that Ms. Kramer not receive our press releases.
 
While you may decide differently, ad hominem attacks against SVCRC by people in the employ of the Spokesman Review, as evidenced by the remarks of Addy Hatch and Scot Maben, further support our concerns.
 
In closing, I would like to refer to a statement made by Dr. Noam Chomsky, "If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." 
 

We, at SVCRC, sincerely hope you will look at the words you have sent us and evalaute your attitude.
 

Wishing you well,

we remain,

Sincerely,

Silver Valley Community Resource Center
Barbara Miller, Director


Silver Valley Community Resource Center
PO BOX 362
Kellogg ID 83837
www.silvervalleyaction.com
Sign our on-line petition
www.petitiononline.com/SVCRC1/petition.html


NB: At the same time we received email comments from the above named persons employed at the S-R, we received something alluding to a local  CBS news affiliate, however the link connected the communication to the S-R and not the TV station mentioned by the sender.
 


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