GREEN BAY - I would like to move the conversation about the mining bill from the view of politicians to my own, that of a college student. It's no big secret that college students are suffering: debt, increasing tuition, increasing debt, and many other issues. It is my concern about the first one, jobs, which is leading me to write this.
A vote against this bill is a vote against jobs. Yes, we are all concerned about the environment. But with today's technology, we can do this safely and cleanly. We will not turn our Northwoods into a desert-looking place; rather we will keep the beauty of it while adding thousands of mining-related jobs. Along with those thousands of mining-related jobs, dozens, if not hundreds more will added because miners will want to step out and hit McDonald's. They will want to shop at Target and Walmart. They will want to pick up tools to repair their homes at Ace Hardware. They will need to fill up the tank at a gas station.
If you want to know what made Wisconsin great, look at our flag, where you see a farmer and a miner.