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3/1/2013 7:07:00 AM
Minnesota should serve as a lesson

To the Editor:

I’m disgusted with the Republican Party’s push for the mine. I’m a registered Republican, a retired mechanical engineer and lover of nature. I’m also a pragmatist. 

One business does not turn around a business environment, but it can ruin the environment in which we live. Minnesota’s experience should be a lesson to us here in Wisconsin.

Bill Thompson

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Behselich

C'mon, Gary. Give us all a break. Your implication that I would call you names for expressing your opinion is pretty transparent, and quite frankly insulting. And your tactic of telling those who disagree with you to "read slowly and carefully" is also insulting. Don't try to play the high road, here. It doesn't wash.

And for examples, I will provide one from your quaint "Hank's story" chat. You quite obviously refer to Chuck and Lisa as illiterate, as you state that liberals are uninformed due to an inability to read. As I'm sure that you'll play the "I never specifically stated that they were illiterate" game, I will respond by stating that the implication is quite clear.

And nice job avoiding the mine issue. You seem to have a handle on every other northwoods issue, and are quite ready to regale us with your opinions and all the related friends and acquaintances that you know and have contact with, but now claim ignorance to the mine issue. How convenient. Perhaps your true thoughts on the mine don't jive with your "conservative" platform, and to reveal them would to you be showing a sign of weakness? Or maybe your whole platform is just a way of stirring the pot in this forum of ideas, and you made the mistak of revealing a bit of your true self by telling us about your supposed Arizona mine? I wonder.......

Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Tim: Please read what I said slowly and carefully. I said "Go ahead and call me names for expressing my opinion, but thanks for asking" Nobody has called me names. I haven't visited the mine site or read the proposal documents as I have the mine in Arizona so it isn't appropriate for me to even offer a decision. I assume the local residents have a much better perspective so I will pass. You also accused me of calling names.....provide an example !!!!!

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Behselich

Gary -

So does that mean you are for or against the iron mine? And who called you names? That would be more up your alley, my friend.

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Hi Tim: Glad you asked my opinion! We are fighting a huge copper mine down here where we live in Arizona during the winter. Economically it would be a good thing but environmentally it could screw up a beautiful desert scene for generations. The difference between the mine and the ATV's is that the mine will certainly provide some good where the ATV's have no worldly worth except to tear up the environment....exception would be during deer hunting season. Go ahead and hate me and call me names for expressing my opinion but thanks for asking.

Posted: Monday, March 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Behselich

I'm wondering where the usual gang of "conservatives" are in regards to this mine debate? Very conspicuous with thier absence.

I'm also wondering if the mine will be as noisy and dirty as those evil ATVs in Iron County. Maybe Gary Meinert can answer that one for us.

Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Strid

We have a responsibility or a dominion of care, compassion and concern to care for what has been given to us. We were blessed with the responsibiity to preserve what creation has given us to use and not abuse. We are now faced with the consequences of destroying the earth through our quest for profit and greed. Our tomorrows have been used up. To knowingly destroy creation for greed will have its consequences. When economic development overrides the preservation and protection of what God has given us dominion over you are left with the only recourse of passing the buck of responsibility and surround your support with lubricating words such as art mining,protect our environment,latest technology and high environmental standards to help it slip through your constituancy. This mining bill is a continuation of the ignorance of our responsibility to protect God's creation and evidence of our continuing neglect. This is a black eye to Wisconsins high standards of environmental concern.
I would expect for us to learn from experience and past practices too mature our concern for the protection and preservation of our environment, but instead we choose to remain in an adolecent phase of ignorance and denial. We chose to support our neglect through lies, twisted truths, inexperience and self motivated goals that don't support the future of our neighbors or the earth as a whole. Only mature guardianship and true responsibility will heal the earth. Only true faith and stewardship will serve as a blessing. You would have to believe that this is God's country.

Food for thought

Craig Strid

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Garling

If there are any questions about what the Northwoods is in for, search Rio Tinto Bouganville crimes against humanity. Then search who really owns Gogebic Taconite. This may take awhile as these companies hire full time spammers to bury this information.

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Times change

During this time, ignorance in government seems to prevail. Ignorance of common sense. The I's have it and they choose to represent their self idolistic goals.
The idea that you have to do something even if its wrong or do nothing when you know something has to be done occupies a seat in the house.
The day will return when we do the right thing for the right reasons.
I do not rely on party lines. Man has to stand alone for judgement.

Food for thought

Craig Strid

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