LETTER: Be honest in mining debateA group calling itself the Penokee Defenders released a video recently that clarifies its position on ferrous mining in the Penokee Hills.
A group calling itself the Penokee Defenders released a video recently that clarifies its position on ferrous mining in the Penokee Hills. Up until the video was released, and went viral, many people took a neutral position on mining in the Penokee’s. Our anti-mining senator from Poplar prematurely released a statement condemning GTac for bringing in security to protect its private property. Sen. Bob Jauch subsequently issued a retraction stating Americans have the right to protect their property.
Can we all stop pretending as to what our motivations are for promoting or obstructing the mine? The majority of Iron County citizens support the mine and the jobs and prosperity it will bring. Sens. Jauch, Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, and Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, have already visited the mine site more than once. They all voted against mining bills that came before the Wisconsin Legislature. What will their current visit yield?
The horse is out of the barn, another “no” vote will not occur. Please, senators, go back to Madison and do the people’s work. Don’t waste any more time visiting the Penokee jobs and prosperity site in Iron County.
Lastly, outsiders walk in on private property to protest mining. Their anti-mining video clearly shows the hostility of their protest. They claim this is done in the interests of protecting the water and land. Please remember, no mining has occurred, no environmental damage has occurred, nor will there be any with today’s new technology. Yet, when real pollution is actually occurring in the Bad River, raw sewage, phosphates and sulfide flowing into Lake Superior, the Penokee Hills Defenders are strangely silent.
I, for one, support the Iron County.