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3/12/2013 9:58:00 AM
Why we live in the Northwoods

To the Editor: 

The majority moved here not for prosperity but to escape from stress and the impersonal life of city living. We raise our children here because we want them to develop and nurture in an environment that is peaceful, stress free and safe.  

We live here to create memories with our children that are framed amongst the creation of nature. We are here because we have an appreciation of nature and develop a love for what surrounds us that develops into a strong sense of preservation. We want to protect our life in nature for our children and the next generation.  

We escape to the Northwoods and invite others to visit and appreciate our natural wealth. Our lives are woven and intertwined with nature for the inspiration of the arts.  

Our God’s Country is our athletic arena, source of fresh air and complements an ideal of living one with nature that extends our lifeline and enriches us.  

Our Northwoods is a priceless gift.

Now we are faced with a challenge. It is time to step up to protect and preserve the Northwoods for future generations to raise their children. It is a time to be a guardian and to defend this gift that we love on a day-to-day basis. It is a time to underline our principles and to say no to mining.  

It is time to lead our children by example. It is time to light the torch and shout so all who can hear that our way of life is not for sale and that our environmental values will not be compromised.  

We play together and we will stand together.

Food for thought.

Craig Strid

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Tony Schwanda

Most people who claim to care about the evironment only really care about their own back yard. They consume all the products from mining as much as anyone else, they just want the mining done somewhere else. China has an excellent record on the environment maybe they can get our iron from there at least it won't be in view of our bikepaths or are tennis courts!

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: Mark Bassett

I grew up in the great Up North as did my parents and grandparents. If we had the same attitude of not wanting the area to develop and grow I dare say that most of you who moved here and brought our traffic problems, your drugs, your litter, your crowded lakes, and your "we know better than these hicks" attitudes, would not be here.

Environmentally, I do not want to see our beautiful area damaged any more than anyone else. At the same time so much of the beauty that I remember as a youth is gone forever due simply to so many people moving into what I will always call home. Woods that we hunted as kids are all full of houses, pristine lakes we used to drink from are full of boats and jet skis, and the shorelines where we used to see deer coming down to get a drink are now filled with condos.

So we welcomed you. It's called progress.

It is true, I no longer live in the area but spend as much time as possible there. I do understand the desire to not affect the environment but look closely at what has already been done over the past 50 years to the feel and the look of the Northwoods. And that doesn't even consider the environmental impact. It may not be concentrated in one location but there has been more damage done than mining could ever do.

So please, before you condemn mining, think about what YOU have already done.

Mark Bassett

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