|Carefully weigh mining in northern Wisconsin|
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.
|Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:50 PM|