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Published: Wednesday, April 13 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

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one old man
Ogden, UT

Ooooooooh. The Tea Party's gonna be mad at him!

Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder if a similar pay-out will come from Tepco sometime in the future for all the Japanese citizens that have been subjected to radiation? I wonder if it might include those on the west coast of the U.S. in the event that they don't get the reactors stabilized? Oh, wait, I forgot - we aren't in any danger. That's what the Downwinders were told at the time, too.

The Utah Republican
Alpine, UT

My mother in law lived in Salt Lake county as a child in the fifties. One day when it was snowing, a government team came and put radiation exposure badges on every child to measure the dose they got from the fallout. They were sent to recess to play in the snow, and collect data.

Now she has cancer. It seems possible that there's a connection.

Brian the engineer
Columbus, OH

"there was an 8 percent higher rate of radiation-associated cancers throughout the rest of the state than in counties where residents receive compensation."

This is confusing. Is this indicating that fewer cancers occurred in regions near the test sites?

Salt Lake City, UT

We made the mistake.

Our citizens are paying the price with cancer.

Seems fair to me.

West Valley, UT

More government money that's going to come from where exactly?

We're bankrupt. They can barely agree on cutting services to try and shore up the deficit but they want to give old retired people more money.

Manti, UT

The original compensation won't even cover the medical bills of those affected. If a company was sued for inflicting damage on a person the compensation would be much higher. The government got off easy on this one.

Cedar Rapids, IA

Pardon my incredulousness, but isn't about time we put these old issues to bed for good? There are trials of life that come, whether natural or manmade. We can't continue to pay tribute to "victims" of everything.

I the skeptic would like to see the direct evidence Gov. Matheson was a victim of cancer caused by living down wind of nuclear testing. I lived in Utah 50 or so miles north of SLC in the 50's. What compensation is available for me? Oh, yes, I don't have cancer? What about some other diseases? Can we cover them, too?

Were I more skeptical, I'd believe someone is again buying votes to maintain a highly flawed political idealogy.

Provo, ut

Wait, I thought there was an effort to balance the budget? Oh that's right Matheson is a democrat, so the cookie jar is always half full, especially if it will buy a few more votes.

Bluffdale, UT

How do you compensate the 5 Children who lost both parents in Cedar City to downwinder cancers in the 80's? Those small $amounts don't come even close. Our government paid the 9/11 families so much more without batting an eye because they were victims of terrorist acts, not acts by their own government that is sworn to protect the citizens. I'm ashamed of our government and our elected officials.

Hyrum, Ut

Educate me. Can it be determined what actually caused the cancer. I know there is plenty of data linking smoking and lung cancer, but can we determine that it was radiation that caused other forms?

Somewhere in Colorado, CO

I don't get folks who would complain about this.

Our government nuked our own people.

Orrin Hatch did a good thing for the downwinders when he fought for the first compensation legistlation.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Information that was compiled by the National Cancer Institute showed for a 30-year period, there was an 8 percent higher rate of radiation-associated cancers throughout the rest of the state than in counties where residents receive compensation. Research done by the Deseret News years ago found secret government maps depicting fallout that had hit most of Utah, not just counties eligible for compensation.' - Article

These are OUR citizens.

You and me. Your mother and father.

Stop the Bush tax cuts, and we could AFFORD this.

"According to the Pew Economic Policy Group, an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts will cost $3.1 trillion over ten years, once the costs of servicing the debt are factored in."

Florissant, MO

My husband died at the age of 37 eighteen years ago. He grew up in southern Utah and would come in with red dust on him. He died as a result of a disease, which is not under the umbrella of the fallout, but there were more incidents of that disease in the southern part of Utah then the rest of the state. A few years after he died, I read of a group of military that had been exposed to some radiation had all developed a form of Lou Gherigs disease, which is very similar to the disease he had. I just tried to find that, but there were tons of articles that talked about the high incident of that disease with the Gulf War vets. Trust me, what my husband went through and the struggles we had after his death, I feel it would be fair to be compensated. From the day I met him, until now, I have always felt that the fallout triggered his disease.

Manti, UT

"Educate me. Can it be determined what actually caused the cancer." I think that doctors that deal with radiation related diseases have a pretty good handle on what is going on... When I went to visit my oncologist after having a malignant thyroid removed we were talking about my life history. She asked me where I grew up and I told her, "Richfield." Without even taking a breath she replied, "You drank the milk, didn't you." Then she explained the vector by which I-131 is ingested by the grazing cow and passed on to the consumer of the milk. Radio active iodine is very dangerous for children exposed to it. If you follow the Chernobyl disaster it has been stated that the true death-toll won't be discovered until the children exposed to it get into there 40's... that is happening now. 6,000 cases of thyroid cancer by 2005 in children exposed.

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