For months I have been reading the Opinion pages of this newspaper in total fascination. It has become obvious to me that a well-organized, well-orchestrated group of environmental activists is attempting to discredit Rep. Pete Stauber and his support of the industries that are the economic foundation of Northeastern Minnesota.

As a lifelong resident of this area, I can't think of any projects that have been more properly vetted, reviewed, analyzed, and scrutinized than copper-nickel mining and the Line 3 Replacement Project. Let me remind everyone this process wasn’t done in days or months, but years! However, this apparently has not been good enough for some of our environmental friends. No, nothing short of shutting down both projects seems acceptable.

I can remember as a young lad going to the NorShor Theatre in Duluth. One particular movie I remember was by Walt Disney in 1958. It was called “White Wilderness.” One scene showed hundreds, if not thousands, of lemmings running in mass panic and jumping over a cliff to their deaths. It was later revealed this had been staged by Disney. Aren't our environmental friends creating this same kind of panic as we go over an economic cliff?

Is it possible that more environmental damage was done this past year in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by those who defoliated, polluted, and destroyed campsites than by the more than 134 years of mining operations? Maybe the environmental movement would accept the pipeline and mining by having the businesses watch the video that’s now required viewing to get a BWCAW permit and then let them go to work.

Lee Anderson

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