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WE SEND MONEY, ARMS TO CONTRAS BUT HAVE NO RIGHTS ON HYDROPOWER

Around the world the U.S. government and its agencies claim to be interested in democracy. It sends money, arms and advisers to the contras so that there will be "democracy" in Nicaragua. It invades Grenada on the premise they want to see democracy there. It says it won't take anything less in Panama.

But when it comes to hydropower in Letchworth State Park, they deny that the people have any rights. According to Reagan/Bush thinking, all rights are vested in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -- appointees of former President Reagan -- the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and developers who want to rape this outstanding natural resource for profit.

The commendable efforts and legislation of Bill Hoyt, Dale Volker and Daniel Moynihan and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act can't deter these federal agencies from aiding and abetting the exploitation of the Genesee River.

If President Bush supports the people taking direct action to get rid of Noriega, I guess he'll support us when we have no choice but to take direct action to ensure our own democratic choice for a free Genesee. Some people, like those in Greenpeace and Earth First, recognized some time ago that relying on the government or the ethics of corporations to preserve what's left of our beleaguered planet doesn't work. I now see how right they are.

I hope everyone who believes we have as much right to expect democracy here as the people of Panama will begin planning now to do something about what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mount Morris Hydro Partners plan to do in Letchworth State Park.

GEORGE BESCH
Williamsville

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