Letter to editor:
I have lived in the Sheva community all of my life except time in the Merchant Marines during World War II.
I would like to relate some of my experiences.
I was raised on a tobacco farm in the Mill Creek community.
My three sons operate the dairy on my home place.
I now live in the old Sheva Church of Christ building at Sheva.
Much of the land that is used by the dairy is within a three mile radius of Coles Hill where the deposit of uranium is located.
My family owns stock in Virginia Uranium. This gives us some voice in future developments.
We are now directly involved in the nuclear industry. We have members of our family that work at B&W, a nuclear facility in the Lynchburg area, and the energy used to operate the dairy comes from a nuclear power plant.
There is no place that I would rather live than in the Sheva community.
I have taken no position for or against the mining.
As I recently celebrated my 84th birthday I realize that I know less and less about more and more things.
I don't have answers to the many problems facing our community and nation. I will try to meet the challenges in a positive way.
If and when the uranium is mined, I would like to see the money used to replace the tobacco money.
The issue of growing tobacco has been an issue for most of my life. All of my family including myself have raised tobacco.
My parents and grandparents that I knew raised tobacco. They thought it was all right to grow but wrong to use it.
I have heard my parents pray for rain for the tobacco crop and also pray for the Lord to heal people suffering from the use of tobacco. I also heard similar prayers at church.
There are some questions that I would like to have answered.
What other sources of energy on the large scale provided by nuclear energy are available to us in the area?
How much damage would other sources do to the environment. I know solar energy and wind power are available but are they available to this area in the quantity now provided by nuclear energy.
There are contradictions in my own life. I used money from tobacco to develop the dairy. We have been producing Grade A milk at the homeplace since 1947.
What kind of an example are we setting for our young people?
I have never heard a person encourage their young people to use tobacco.
How do we want people to remember us?
Our record of how we used resources will follow us beyond the grave.
I have misused resources. I have asked the Lord to forgive me.
J. Fuller Motley