Not everyone opposes resource industries

Letters to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 02, 2004

It really disturbs me when someone I don't know speaks for me and says that we oppose this or that. I'm pro-resource and an employee of the mining industry and proud of it. To those that don't know me, please refrain from saying "we" when you share your opinion.

Juneau and the rest of Alaska were founded on natural resources. If you have a problem with that, then I would suggest that you move somewhere else. If you live downtown, you might want to think about what you're living on and the next time you go to Sandy Beach you might want to think about what that is your walking on. Hint: They came from mining.

If you listen to the anti-resource critics you might believe that Juneau has received no benefits from the natural resource industry. This couldn't be further from the truth. Just from the mining industry alone Juneau has benefited in the following ways: The single largest property taxpayer is a mining company, the softball fields at Diamond Park were built by a mining company, and let's not forget that some of the trails that residents and visitors use came from and or were improved by mining companies. Not too bad considering that some of our fellow residents have labeled mining as evil.

The local critics of the resource industry would like you to believe that there are no negative effects from their negative smear tactics and misinterpretations. They're wrong. Remember when we turned up our nose at the rest of Southeast during the Tongass land management plan. Well wake up if you don't think that those jobs that just went to Ketchikan were a form of pay back.

Support the resource industry, the Kensington Gold Mine and continue Juneau's mining history.

Jesse Hay

Juneau



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