• Zee Xenon

    And the Market lost my $750,000 retirement. Boo-hoo-hoo! People come and go, the land, once destroyed, stays that way. Greed, one of the Deadly Sins. U.S. Corporate greed, unparalleled.

    • Koition

      Funny how people can twist a statement… especially when it comes to someone they have no idea about.

      Zee, you’re ignorance may have some traction if we’re talking about families who own major corporations (Walmart, Home Depot, Mcdonalds, etc…). But we’re talking about small, family owned businesses in rural communities. These are mothers and fathers (possibly not unlike your own) who are the backbones of these communities. Mothers and fathers who just want to see thier kids grow up without having to worry too much about thier childrens futures…

      If you have kids, maybe you would understand. Where you see “boo-hoo, my market lost my $750,000 retirement”, I see, “I just want my kids to have the option of having a better future here”. So I ask, between the two, which statement is more accurate…?!

      People DO come and go, and the land, once destroyed… will heal over time. These particular pits usually end up becomeing lakes themselves. The communities that have these particular types of mines in thier area are amoung the cleanest in the country. There are also multiple government agencies that regulate how clean these mines must be. Therefore, if you’ve done your research, shouldn’t be so concerned for two-headed fish popping up amoung the rivers and lakes in these areas.

      Lastly, and I may be assuming too much, but based on your “Deadly Sins” quote, I can make a case you are religious, maybe even a Christian. That’s cool… to each his own. Though, if you preach of deadly sins, isn’t it just as much of a sin to judge your peers? Or to twist thier words and become a lying scribe yourself…?! Just sayin’…

  • Jim Schuessler

    Regarding the article “Rural Retreat”, about the population declines in some Wisconsin counties—each of the factors discussed including fewer family farms, tourism fluctuations and loss of paper industry are legitimate issues. However, the biggest contributor to the decline of the younger demographics has been caused by the inability of the United States Forest Service (USFS) to execute their own Forest Management Plan. The USFS explains they lack funds to conduct enough timber sales. If they had the funding—about $4 million per year—they could produce another 60 million board feet annually providing jobs for another 4,500 people and annual economic benefit of $125 million—not to mention the value of the timber. It is no accident that the four Wisconsin counties with the largest National Forest acreage—Forest, Vilas, Ashland and Bayfield—suffer some of the highest unemployment rates and double-digit outmigration with younger demographics, namely people under 45. Poor timber management is causing economic decline as families are forced to seek work elsewhere. It is killing paper mills and is the primary reason the west has been on fire the past few years. Even Wisconsin sawmills have been forced to import from Canada. Kind of crazy, eh?

  • I’m trying to visualize a 4.5 MILE LONG mining scar in those counties, which would invariably cause horrific destruction on-site and for many more miles around it.

    As one mining company pointed out in the past, “We don’t just affect the environment, we remove it.”

    Also, a mine that size is never just a mine … it also brings unavoidable degradation during the ore processing, as well as during transportation of the raw ore, the purified metals, and the toxic chemicals used in processing (… with high potential for lethal spills on the roads and rails).

    And where will the water, gas and electrical power come from? More high-capacity wells? More pipelines? More polluting power plants and destructive electrical transmission lines?

    If the mine is 4.5 miles long, how HUGE will the lagoons and/or landfills be for the disposal of the toxic ore tailings and other wastes created during mining?

    How would groundwater drinking supplies be affected by a gash that huge? During the last big Wisconsin fight over mining, we all should have learned about the extensive acidification and groundwater poisoning that usually occur around mines in this type of rock.

    Some of the most expensive and extensive Superfund hazardous waste clean-ups in the country are due to big mine sites like this … and they’re impossible to clean up completely.

    Worse yet, all this destruction would be for TEMPORARY jobs that might last only 1 or 2 generations. Mining towns are famous for their boom and bust economic cycles.

    Meanwhile, the sustainable tourism and forestry industries would suffer PERMANENT job losses for many miles around the site.

    Who could possibly believe that tourism could co-exist with that level of destruction? The visual blight would be unavoidable and permanent (… for several generations at least), creating revulsion and avoidance behaviors in would-be tourists.

    Why would anyone travel so far and spend so much money to visit Wisconsin’s “beautiful northwoods,” just to be slapped in the face with MILES and MILES of depressing ugliness?

    The very fact that Republicans are working overtime to weaken Wisconsin’s mining regulations should raise a hundred red flags in everyone’s mind.

    This is another REALLY BAD IDEA for Wisconsin.