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‘You can’t have both’

May 12, 2020

To the Editor:

Dear planning and development committee members,

I would like to thank you for having this meeting in the middle of a global pandemic and state of Wisconsin lockdown. Now I have no doubt on how much you care about me and the rest of your Oneida County constituents. 

According to the latest health advisories my age group has about a one in five chance of dying if I were to catch COVID-19. I must admit those are better odds than any one of you listening to my concerns on allowing test borings in the town of Schoepke.

You ignore the people you are suppose to represent. A vast majority of Oneida County citizens told you at the ballot box that they didn’t want massive sulfide mining in Oneida County, but here we are today.

I know you’ll try to rationalize this by saying that the referendum was for the Town of Lynne. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter if it’s the Town of Lynne, the Town of Enterprise, or the Town of Schoepke. This is “The Lakeland Area” and just about anywhere you test bore for a massive sulfide mine you are going to be impacting Our clean waters.

You ignore history. The Chippewa people fought battles and gave their lives to protect these life sustaining waters.

Massive sulfide mining or clean water. You can’t have both. The voters in Oneida County made their choice, when are you going to listen?

So in closing I’d like to say that for today I didn’t think it was worth risking my life to look into your blank eyes and the smug contempt on your faces.

Mark Pflieger




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