When Wisconsin was settled, the northern two-thirds of the state was forested.
Much of that was white pine. A few logger barons got wealthy, but what did the citizens get? Do you even know where any white pine stands are?
It is 150 years later and Gov. Scott Walker cannot wait to give our minerals to mining interests. Sure, some people will get good-paying jobs, but what are the citizens getting?
The real money will be made by mining executives and stockholders who have no roots here.
Why not share revenues with citizens like Alaska does with oil. Those are not Walker's minerals to sell — they belong to all of us.
— Rich Genschaw, Reedsburg