“When it comes to the proposed Back Forty Mine, I’ve read a lot of stories in the papers and on the Internet along with numerous letters to the editor concerning it. I doubt that 97% of the voters are against it as one writer claimed.

“I also believe the truth about the risks and safety lies somewhere between what the many experts on both sides claim. If the regulations governing any mines of this type are not strong enough then the system is at fault and not the company proposing the mine.”