Finally, we can extinguish the lamp of Diogenes. We have found an honest, and honorable, man.
State Senator Dale Schultz, ‘R’, voted no on AB 426. The bill was written by the Republican controlled assembly in collaboration with Gogebic Taconite, a subsidiary of Toronto based Cline Mining Corp. Sen. Shultz voted against the bill because it allowed the company to fill in rivers, streams and shorelines. The bill diminished the right of the public to enter into legal challenges regarding that toxic dumping.
The company made promises of thousands of jobs which would turn out not to be true. Mining is decades past the pick and shovel stage. The ore removal and processing is done by massive hundred ton machines, operated with joystick controls, by skilled, experienced operators who come with the equipment. Local yokels need not apply. A handful of clerical staff might find employment in their temporary local office. And then they would be gone, taking hundreds of millions in profit and leaving us a devastated land.
Upon the failure of the bill, Bill Williams, manager of Gogebic Taconite, stated that they would not open the mine because the state of Wisconsin will not allow the company to proceed and operate as they wished. Sen. Dale Schultz stated that he had to look in the mirror every morning, and now, he can do so with a clear conscience. An honorable man of principle is hard to find in our modern world. Among politicians, I would have thought it impossible. Sen. Schultz stood up for the good of Wisconsin and its’ people, against what must have been almost intolerable pressure to give in. I salute you sir.
To those of you who care, please email him with your fervent thanks, for a job well done.
Barrie Johnson, Exeland