Dear Editor,

“What better proof can there be that money ‘well-placed’ in the political arena gets better results than voters at the polls?” So reads a letter in a recent local paper. Well, there’s a difference between proof and evidence, but when it comes to innuendo and rhetoric, there isn’t much difference between that and slander. If you think the local mining company is involved in extortion or bribery, don’t beat around the bush. Spit your libel out.

Problem is, deep ecologists are the kind of people who can tell you more than they know. They impute motives while, believe it or not, some politicians vote their consciences regardless of campaign donations. The enviromentals fear-monger and flat-out lie. They claim 97 percent of the people oppose the mine, because it will kill the sturgeon, etc. etc.

Trouble is, other people read and hear stuff like that and some of them believe it. Where is the proof of pollution by the mines up north? Native Americans? They were mining long before the Europeans came here (see Copper Age State Park). My cabin is on the river, but that’s beside the point.

Why bother responding? I just read a letter against the mine published in April 2003, the year after gold was discovered. In other words, opponents have been writing letters saying essentially the same things for over 16 years. I’m just writing to ease some of their stress. If they keep writing for another 16 years, they are more likely to die of angry bowel syndrome than a sturgeon’s chance of being killed by the mine. The sturgeon will be here long after we’re gone.

Whatever happened to “love thine enemies” and “God bless us, every one,” Tiny Tim?


Curtis Dahlgren

Lake Township