Curtis Dahlgren
A (gold-silver-copper) mine is a terrible thing to waste
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By Curtis Dahlgren
August 23, 2018

"Environmental alarms have been screeching so long that people see them as a nuisance, like dualing car alarms on a big city street." – author unknown

HERE'S A CHANGE OF PACE: my letter to a local small town newspaper.

A mine is a terrible thing

Just between you and me and a fence post, a mine is a terrible thing – a terrible thing to waste! Yoopers have believed that for hundreds of years, the Natives all the way back to the Copper Culture era. So did King Solomon. The main difference today is that mining has become a science; it's not just for art. And mines are needed for high tech alternatives to older ways of doing things.

People who have never taken one college course in mining claim that "There has never been a sulfide mine that didn't pollute the area water." If the enviro-mental groups were as "pure" as Michigan, they wouldn't have to lie or exaggerate in their ads. In actuality, water put into the river by a mine would be cleaner than what's in the river now. And don't worry about the sturgeon; they've survived for thousands of years, even with paper mills on the river.

As for those "wetlands,"imagine building 46,000 miles of Interstate highways. I would wager that a few "wetlands" were displaced by those roads for the greater good, including saving lives. "Wetlands" can also be replaced, and mines can also save lives (gold is used in medicine and high tech devices).

Some people say "not in my backyard" or, "What's in it for me?" They just don't get it – don't get the big picture. Canadians don't have a foreign trade deficit problem because they aren't shy about mining or drilling. They pay for their welfare programs by selling oil and minerals. If we export gold and silver to Canada, improving our trade deficit is only one of the benefits of the "terrible thing" some people want to waste.

-Curtis Dahlgren

P.S. The first French missionaries came to the Upper Peninsula at about the same time their Book was being translated into English and printed on the first printing press. That Book says:

"The Lord is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs . . a land of milk and honey in which you will eat bread without scarcity, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land He has given you." Sounds a bit like the good old U.P.

PPS: It's good to get our minds off "Muller" for a while, eh? As jokes go, he's not very funny.

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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