And last Sunday, we published an op ed by librarian Ron Baxendale II, who worries every time anyone who lives in the zip code 80007 applies for a library card. Did they do their homework? Do they know what happened on the land just to the north?
Readers have plenty of thoughts on the matter. Says Stefanie:
They're building houses on poisoned land, but great views are all that matter.Adds Amanda:
Well, that’s what happens when you want to live in Colorado but know nothing about our history. Research where you buy a house, folks. Let the idiots sit on their radioactive ground in their million-dollar homes... money can’t fix cancer.Replies Gail:
I wouldn't live in one of those homes even if it was given to me free with all utilities paid forever.Comments Lisa:
They should be told. I moved nearby twenty years ago; I wasn’t told. I wouldn’t have moved here if I knew. People aren’t as much arrogant as they just don’t believe that “they” would build on land such as this. Or make it a wildlife refuge.But then there's this from Ben:
This is fear-mongering, fake news at its finest. Very disappointed they ran this piece. Statistics show everything said to be incorrect. I feel very sorry for the families' bad luck, but MS is not caused by radiation and multiple studies have shown cancer rates in the area match Denver averages (www.colorado.gov/.../cdphe-rocky-flats-cancer-study). It's a very unfortunate case of correlation, not causation.Replies Billie Jo:
My brother-in-law who was part of the cleanup crew bragged to me once, as he was making thousands of dollars, "You wouldn't believe the stuff we are doing." Meaning, they weren't being careful but were profiting greatly. Then, when diagnosed with prostrate cancer, he tried to double dip into the injured workers' fund. No. Do not buy a house in 80007.Adds Misty:
Accept personal responsibility and research. We did and chose not to live there.Concludes Adam:
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