Re: the Oct. 12 guest opinion "Let's not destroy Santa Ritas for a few years of mining."

As I have written a number of times, opinion writers like Dr. Vint always cherrypick their favorite statistics. One of these is water: Rosemont will pump 4.8 millions of gallons per day (5500 acre-feet/year). There is a something amiss: the pecan growers below the proposed mine pump 30,000 acre-feet/year. As some said , we use copper every day driving our cars but do not eat pecans every day. Perhaps growing pecans is what Dr. Vint means by "environmental economy." There is no free lunch.

Ihor KUNASZ

Oro Valley

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.

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