There is no Santa Claus

By John F. Austin

Dear Editor:

No BLM leases you may be thinking. Don't. This would be somewhat like an event referred to as the subject of this letter. "No Santa Claus! Why, this would be as if there were no Virginias!" -- approximately the response of a New York Sun editorial writer to 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon's letter to the editor ca. 1897.

Will the North Fork Valley's naysayers cough up the $50,000 or so yearly wage of around 100 laid-off coal miners? Get out of town! Oil and gas development is the only way to overcome this dilemma.

John F. Austin