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1/29/2013 7:30:00 AM
Why no public hearing near the iron ore mine?

To the editor:

The new Republican mining committee held a single public hearing on its new iron ore bill in Madison last week.

What message does this decision send to the several thousand citizens in Ashland and Iron counties who will be neighbors to the mine, living with both the good and bad consequences of it for decades? Why not hold a hearing in the Northwoods?

The answer? Security threats. Yes, on Thursday, Jan. 17, the Ironwood Globe reported that the mere possibility of threats makes it impossible to hold a hearing anywhere in the Northwoods. Even Wausau? Now who really believes that?

Yet, despite these potential "threats," numerous Republican leaders, including Sen. Tom Tiffany along with Reps. Suder, Steineke, and Czaja, met on Friday, Jan. 11 in Hurley. Only Iron County business, tourism, and government leaders were invited. No one from Ashland County, local towns around the mine, Bad River Tribe, or any Democrats were invited to the meeting. Sound balanced and fair to you?

The quality of a decision can often be measured by how good the process was that created it. This new mining bill and its Republican handlers are clearly off in the wrong direction. We need an open process for this potential open pit mine and we need at least two public hearings - one for the bureaucrats and one for the people.

It's time to do this decision the right way.

Roger Springman, Wyocena

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Railroading has become very popular these days in Madison.
I take out my wallet once to pay taxes and then I have to take it out again to support quality education because the state Republicans don't support it with my tax dollars.
The only thing Walker has done is to rally the I people and that's just the way they voted.
Tiffany is making his mark. It's two steps behind Walker.
Swearingen is now filling the shoes of our old district representative. I think they both wear sneakers.
Next time I cast a vote I won't throw it away so far.

Food for thought.
Craig Strid

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