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Carefully weigh mining in northern Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

Having played as a child in the crumbling streets of a former iron mining boom town that was left with nothing but dust and sorrow when the company departed for more profitable environs, I know how desperate abandoned workers can get for jobs.

I’ll never forget the look in my unemployed father’s eyes, or the taste of U.S. Department of Agriculture “relief” meat that came in big silver cans. That’s why the hardscrabble souls who support new mines like Penokee have my sympathy.

But we can’t dismiss the tribal members and environmentalists who oppose such projects for ecological reasons. What they’re warning us about rings alarmingly true.

Powerful energy interests seldom exhibit proper responsibility to either ordinary folks or the woods and waters where they live.

It’s been proven by hundreds of permanently scarred hills the world over, and by toxic pollution that remains long after faraway capitalists have filled their private cof-fers with the people’s removed riches.

Carefully weigh everything that’s in the balance. Do it with Keystone XL and “fracking” and with each scheme that corporate mouthpieces try to  convince us to quickly accept.

Let’s also demand a national commitment to green jobs providing union-scale pay, full benefits and long-term sustainability.


Dennis Rahkonen


Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:50 PM


-18 #9 2013-09-06 18:42
Green jobs paying union scale?
Green jobs only exsist because of government , PERIOD.(Tesla excluded). Take away government stimulus and those jobs go away. Ask the workers at Siemens in Illinois how there jobs are doing. They are now importing parts because they can no longer justify overpaying employees without government subsidies. Many are being warned of mass layoffs.. There is an old saying If it is to good to be true,then it is.
+9 #8 2013-08-29 20:42
Off on a Tangent here, Maybe we should be concerned over the farmers who allegedly shoot beavers,lace them with poison ,so that wolves will eat the carcasses.. That story seemed to have dissappeared
-19 #7 2013-08-29 19:23
You seem to have no understanding of economics or history? national commitment to Marxism except for the green jobs part is what you propose. The green jobs as you define them make prosperity even more impossible. Don't you know how that worked in Eastern Europe & the Soviet Union?
-23 #6 Frank Gabl 2013-08-28 14:55

The passion in your words and the formidable rebuttal that they would produce in a letter to the editor on is obvious.

And since it's a forgone conclusion that you would be great, it perplexes me as to why you've never joined the fray?

Besides, it feels so good getting it off one's chest in that sort of forum.
-1 #5 2013-08-28 13:28

I cannot believe this, you and I are actually aligned on something. Cool!
-19 #4 Frank Gabl 2013-08-28 11:29
Just some general information to preface my post below.

"The Communist Party has members and local organizations all around the country from big cities to small towns. Our members are teachers, students, union shop stewards, peace activists, church leaders, grandparents and more.

We have speakers and spokespeople available to give the communist perspective on war and peace, Socialism USA, the economic crisis and political developments."
-20 #3 Frank Gabl 2013-08-28 03:02
Nice form letter (to the editor) printed in a number of North Woods publications.

"Sustainability" - defined:

“Whether the Marxists’ communist ideal can ever be gotten right and made to successfully function is definitely open to vigorous debate.“ - Dennis Rahkonen
+19 #2 Denny Erardi 2013-08-27 19:43
Another post filled with inconsistent statements and just flat out errors. "...Power energy interests seldom exhibit proper responsibility...." Really? The laws, rules and regulations that govern what energy companies do, how they are required to extract product, how they transport it, and how they must leave the land are voluminous. And, most energy companies, powerful or weak, currently abide by the regulations.

Who are the "faraway capitalists"?

Quickly accept? How long has the Keystone XL project been studied?

My goodness, have an opinion, voice it, be contrarian, be aligned with everyone else -- but, please stop with the melodramatic statements and exaggerated claims. It's hard to take you seriously. (Just my opinion, of course.)
+12 #1 2013-08-27 13:59

You have NO IDEA about fracking or what it consists of. When you do, perhaps then you can say what you think about it.

There are literally THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of miles of pipelines in the US, including Superior which has a major line into and out of to the refineries there. When was there a spill? Far more trains have derailed in the last decade and spilled far more than a pipeline. How do you think that oil is getting down to the southern refineries now?

And as for your comments about mining being shut down, have you ever once thought that perhaps the indians and the environmentalis ts had any say in that? What about the White Pine mine and the sit in that shut down the tracks? The demise of that mine was because of the indians. Why is it also okay for them to dump their poorly treated sewage into the Bad River anyways if they are pro-environment?

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