Guest Blog: A Letter to the Editor on mining

Dear State Journal Editor –

I attended the Mining Commission Hearing on Wednesday in Madison – hours away from the communities this bill will affect directly. Lest we forget though, this bill sets new mining rules for the whole state moving forward; it could be any of our backyards at some point. I had questions and concerns, and I expected to hear testimony and answers regarding the proposed mining bill – a bill that the mining company had a strong hand in writing. Instead, I along with many were insulted with disdain exhibited by the Republican leadership in not allowing questions and their offering no answers. The rudeness I witnessed to other legislators and constituents was appalling and frankly inconceivable that it was an adult speaking.

One response regarding filling the job openings with Wisconsin workers, was that such details of the plan would be released upon passage of the bill. How is this responsible governance? I am trying to be an informed, responsible citizen, and am met with contempt by Republicans time and time again. How can one not assume their redistricting and “protect the vote” efforts are merely guises for voter suppression. I am very discouraged about any bills being written behind closed doors by special interests and where citizens and the quality of life in Wisconsin are not the priority. We the people clearly don’t have a voice with this leadership, nor a transparent process. This does not pass my “stink test” of a “good faith effort” on the Republicans and mining company’s part.

Elisa Miller