Dear Editor: Wisconsin should be ashamed of itself. As a fin, feathers, camping, hiking, birding, and clean air and water state, we have tripped, stumbled and fallen into a vortex of extremism! As a state concerned about our citizens, we have failed. How in the name of good conscience can we justify ripping open the earth, removing minerals that will not benefit Wisconsinites, destroying wetlands and leaving toxic tailings behind? And then suggest that we can replace a wetland. I am a progressive but a fiscally conservative individual. Under no circumstances would I ever throw out all sanity to deplete our precious land and stretch the truth about “local” employment.

My great hope is that after the Republican-controlled Legislature passes this hideous mining bill, they are sued so badly that even our conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court will see the error in their ways. Then again, who knows. I cry a tear for anyone who lives near the site and for the rest of us to give up so much for so little. Is Wisconsin simply a Walker stepping stone?

David Wandel

Madison

past chair of Clean Wisconsin

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