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Reader's View: DNT not worthy of being called a newspaper

Regarding the April 16 editorial cartoon featuring Dopey drinking from a stream near "7 Dwarfs Mine," I am confused. Is the News Tribune against mining? Iron ore ships go in and out of the Duluth harbor, bringing revenue to the city. Duluth can't...

Regarding the April 16 editorial cartoon featuring Dopey drinking from a stream near "7 Dwarfs Mine," I am confused. Is the News Tribune against mining? Iron ore ships go in and out of the Duluth harbor, bringing revenue to the city. Duluth can't have it both ways. Wanting to is pretty hypocritical, I say.

Why publish something so offensive to Iron Rangers who are proud of how pristine we have kept our waters and area - with no help from extremists trying to shut down our livelihood. For more than 100 years we have done this. Yet mining opponents come from the Twin Cities, New York and elsewhere and tell us we need to save our area. If they were true environmentalists, they would have cleaned up their own backyards first.

The Iron Range will not survive on just tourism. A study just came out suggesting that ("Study: Mining industry jobs are worth more than tourism," April 19). We grew up with mining, logging, and tourism; they go hand in hand, so to say.

We never had all this controversy before the creation of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We are trying to raise our families here. We are the true environmentalists.

We wouldn't allow copper-nickel mining to happen if the safety and technology wasn't available. Proof of this is in the reality that we knew about the minerals in the 1930s and 1960s but also knew we didn't have the technology to mine them. So we didn't. We have the technology now. But the extremists are out for their personal gain: That's it.

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The News Tribune should be ashamed for publishing such absurd and hypocritical propaganda. It's not worthy of being called a newspaper.

Christina Nyman

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