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Pebble can’t work for Alaska and Polymet can’t work for Minnesota!

One of the best definitions I’ve ever heard for insanity is the inability to see similarities or the inability to see differences. The differences are obvious Alaska–Minnesota. The similarities striking. Can you see the similarities?

By BRUCE C. SWITZER

Mine permitting is neither rigorous nor scientific. Disagree? Name one mine that did not proceed because […]

The Ely Echo should be worrying about the threat to the Boundary Waters and the Lake Superior Watersheds

May 1, 2013, To The Ely Echo

Dear Editor:

The Echo’s April 20 editorial contains this: “We believe the Ely area and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area make up some of best examples of heaven on God’s green Earth. None of us want to see the water that flows through these parts to be impaired […]

Physicians and Scientists know about the horrible effects of Mercury on human health…why don’t politicians and the MPCA?

A recent commentary by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine (“The MPCA’s mercury move, explained,” April 22), argued that when it comes to mercury pollution, there is “a debate about tactics, not whether to take action.” But two recent choices demonstrate a stunning lack of urgency on the part of Minnesota government.

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Will you be able to tell your Grandchilden you did everything you could to protect the Lake Superior and Rainy River Watersheds?

I’ve been haunted by Fletcher Freeman’s letter (4/6/13 Ely Echo), in which he says that “sulfide mining is going to happen” because the rich “don’t let rules, regulations and laws get in their way.” Based on his experience with millionaires and billionaires in Texas, Fletcher knows that they can, and will, buy legislators and special […]