|Mining needs proper environmental controls|
Letter to the Editor:
It sure looks like the Republicans don’t care about the environment as they pass the new mining bill. They only revised it slightly to please the Democrats, but it doesn’t go far enough to protect our lakes, streams and wetlands.
They say it will create 70 new jobs, but at the expense of our beautiful God’s country up north. I guess the governor doesn’t care about clean water because he probably drinks bottled water like Marco Rubio.And now he is turning down federal money again for Medicaid expansion. He turned down $80 million once before for high-speed rail and Illinois and California gladly took our money. He has no foresight like Ike (President Eisenhower) had when he built the Interstate freeways.
And Wisconsin could be fully funded for three years and then 90% by 2020 with the Affordable Health Care Act. That’s about $20 billion in funds for 10 years and Wisconsin could save $66 million in the first three years. This would also create 10,000 new health care jobs and it has the full backing of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
This is what’s called cutting off your nose to spite your face, because he doesn’t like the president and wants him to fail. We sent people to Washington to govern and not to be the party of “no.” The election is over and President Obama was re-elected. Get over it and start to earn the money we are paying you. Compromise and get something done. This sequester wouldn’t be happening if they did their job.
The governor’s plan will cost Wisconsin $250 million more and 10,000 jobs. He should do the math if he plans to create 250,000 jobs by 2015 like he promised. The financial considerations should far outweigh politics when it comes to helping the people of Wisconsin pay for their health care.
I prefer my clean water from the tap. We enjoy that in northern Wisconsin now. Will it last if they start mining without the proper environmental controls?
|Tuesday, March 05, 2013 5:55 PM|