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Re: "Shame on those that discredit Granite" [Village News, 7/29/10]

Nita Delnay’s letter of July 29 is full of accusations about Liberty Quarry and its impacts with the usual omission of sources and specifics about her fears and accusations.

The reality is that our region is going to continue to grow. We want and need new roads, new hospitals, new tourism attractions and new public facilities that feed our economy. And unless we have a new, local source of aggregate to build those roads and facilities we will continue to bring all that material from distant places, which is horrible for the environment and our economy.

As for the potential for impacts to tourism, the environmental analysis is very clear that neighboring communities will not see, hear or feel impacts from Liberty Quarry. Visitors and residents will not even know it is there.

Quarries all across the country are located in thriving tourism locations. In fact, there are multiple quarries in the nearby Coachella Valley where the number of tourism jobs is five times that of the Temecula Valley.

We should turn our attention to insuring that there will be comprehensive and appropriate mitigation for Liberty Quarry to address concerns about the environment while encouraging the new jobs and revenue that will feed our local economy.

Richard Loomis



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