As I have spoken to locals considering hosting mines over the years, they invariably ask me what we in Ladysmith would have done differently if we had to do it over. I tell them, without hesitation, that we should have been involved in mine operation discussions from the outset. Instead, we were so focused on all the gloom and doom predictions from opponents we never got to it. Blasting noise, foundation damage, truck noise and fugitive dust — those sorts of things that mining opponents were preaching — none of which ever came to pass. What a disservice they did.