Recent radio spots, online discussion and newspaper ads imply that anyone worried about the AJ Mine must have been duped by SEACC.
That charge is unhelpful to the discussion of whether it would be a good idea, on balance, to open a mine which would provide city revenue, but which would be downtown, as large as Greens Creek, and unavoidably connected to our only adequate water supply.
It also insults those who responded to the city’s request for people’s views.
The assembly formed an advisory committee to look at the question: “Under what circumstances, if any, should the city consider developing the AJ Mine?” The hardworking committee put together a draft answer.
It then asked the public what it thinks of the draft.
Lots of people responded. Some think reopening the mine is a good idea, regardless. Some think it is not worth the risk to the water supply, regardless. Some think it may be an OK idea, but only if certain protections are in place.
The discussion should be about those ideas and concerns. If we start casting aspersions on the genuineness of our neighbors’ views, we will be headed back to the acrimonious and divisive days of the last AJ proposal — something we surely all wish to avoid.
Larri Irene Spengler