Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

March 24, 2013

Are we paying people to poison us?

— — The recent opinion piece, “War on coal,” complementing our legislators for assisting big coal to poison us with selenium is an example of how little the health of our residents matter to those who control our printed media.

“Although selenium is an essential trace element, it is toxic if taken in excess. Exceeding ... 400 micrograms per day can lead to selenosis,” according to online sources. “Symptoms of selenosis include a garlic odor on the breath, gastrointestinal disorders, hair loss, sloughing of nails, fatigue, irritability, and neurological damage. Extreme cases ... can result in cirrhosis of the liver, pulmonary edema and death.”

It was not very reassuring to the public for your editorial staff to turn to Cliff More as your resident expert on selenium poisoning. It makes one wonder what is going on in our Legislature. Are we actually paying people to go to Charleston and pass laws to poison us so energy corporations can make another dollar. Obviously we need to take a close look and make some changes in our legislative delegation.

Bill Morefield

Princeton

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