Thursday, February 02, 2006

my letter to editor

well not really cuz the bellingham herald didn't print i'll post it here.....

Our current use of depleted uranium weapons is producing a catastrophe. We will be counting human victims in the millions. Tons of depleted uranium is being spread in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are being exposed. We are all increasing exposed as it travels in the atmosphere. If we think we are facing a healthcare crisis now folks, we have seen nothing yet.
We have been doing this since Gulf War I. Out of the 580,400 soldiers who served in the first Gulf War 11,000 are now dead. By 2000, there were 325,000 on Permanent Medical Disability. Eminent scientist Leuren Moret recently named depleted uranium as the definitive cause of ‘Gulf War Syndrome.
Support Congressman Jim McDermott’s nonpartisan legislation studying the health and environmental impacts from the militaries use of depleted uranium in combat zones and clean up of sites in the U.S. H. R. 2410. Ask Representative Rick Larsen to cosponsor.

if your rep hasn't co sponsored yet , ask them to. bill status

We have a choice about how we live. We can co-operate with all people of the world. We can make important decisions about how we use the earth’s resources. We must immediately stop waging nuclear war with depleted uranium. Our children’s future depends on it.

1 comment:

Lietta Ruger said...

See also:

HB 3107 Exposure to depleted uranium H State Govt 1/20/2006 Williams
Studying military uranium exposure.


SB 6732 Exposure to depleted uranium S Hea/L-T Care 1/19/2006 Franklin
Studying military uranium exposure.

Hearings already held in Washington State House; hearings today in Washington State Senate.

Follow the progress of these as well, and encourage your elected officials to support.

Requests medical screening for depleted uranium for returning WA Natl Guard and establishing a State Registry.

A small group from Pt Townsend (DUST) in conjunction with Veterans for Peace members did the work-up to get this from proposal to hearings. Representing Military Families Speak Out, Washington State Chapter, I was asked to participate in giving testimony and have submitted written testimony for today's State Senate hearings to be entered into the record.