U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum recently introduced a bill to complete the U.S. Forest Service study on sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In a May 22 Facebook post, U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber framed the bill as "radical and extreme" Minnesotans against "hard-working" Minnesotans. The way he framed this issue was the type of politics people despise.

I support completing the Forest Service study about sulfide mining near the BWCAW and know hundreds of people in Cook County who feel the same way. More science is always better; it can lead to better and safer outcomes and show us how to avoid the pitfalls all sulfide mines share.

I support honesty in government. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue promised he would finish the study but canceled it. He broke his promise. When our government officials break promises, they do a disservice to every American and lead us to believe we can't trust this administration.

Stauber should understand that, but he would be choosing to ignore broken promises if he gets his way. We expect more from whoever represents Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. We expect them to hold our public officials to their promises. That’s what McCollum’s bill would do. It would require the Forest Service to complete the study, as promised.

A good representative honestly listens to everyone in the district and considers all opinions. Instead of representing all of the Eighth, Stauber seems to be framing promises about sulfide mining as an issue concerning people from outside our district. He reinforces stereotypes that divide us instead of uniting us. In that, he does a disservice not only to the people of the Eighth but also the people of Minnesota and the people of the United States of America. We deserve better than divisive rhetoric.

Bryan Hansel

Grand Marais