It’s been said that if someone shows you their true colors, don’t try to repaint them.

What happened on Aug. 19 in Duluth proved this to a high level.

Hundreds of people opposed to the Line 3 Replacement Project blocked the Aerial Lift Bridge as part of another protest. As they laughed and hung banners from the bridge, law enforcement officers had to leave a community event for kids to come and deal with the protest.

As they chanted on the bridge, they stopped traffic and blocked the only way first responders have to get to people on Park Point who may need emergency help.

Line 3 protesters call themselves “water protectors” and claim to be people who want to save the environment. Their true colors show something different. It’s clear the protesters really just care only about themselves.

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Their stunt in Duluth forced law enforcement away from other tasks that support the community to deal with another protest about a project that is just about done.

Construction is almost finished, and it’s time for the protests to stop. We have again seen protesters’ true colors, and it’s an image that needs to go away.

Andrea Zupancich


The writer is mayor of Babbitt.

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