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Many of us who live up here, and whose livelihood depends on tourism, fiercely disagree. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; the North Shore, and the lakes, rivers and forests of northern Minnesota are irreplaceable and too valuable to risk the pollution and destruction that mining could cause. Also, Native Americans have the right to continue to harvest wild rice, which must have clean water to exist — or is that just another right to take away from them?
Would the letter writer be willing to explain to future generations that short-term money was worth risking the right to enjoy the beauty, peace and quiet of our marvelous natural environment? Please remember that tourism is the main source of income on the North Shore and that we’d like to keep it that way.
Dian Hiniker, Grand Marais, Minn.
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Bonnie Blodgett (“On pipeline, a betrayal may be delivered,” Feb. 17) and others have written excellent commentary in opposition to the proposed Keystone pipeline. I would also like to point out that Canadians themselves have demonstrated strong opposition to Enbridge Corp.’s Northern Gateway twin pipeline system that would carry tar-sands crude from near Edmonton, Alberta, to Kitimat, British Columbia. It is opposed by First Nations groups, fishermen, environmental groups and the Union of BC Municipalities. A recent National Geographic article pointed out the danger of spills in pristine wilderness.
It appears that while the Canadian government is very supportive of running TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline through the United States, it is backing away from support for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline crossing its own territory. Both companies have large pipeline spills on their records and, undoubtedly, there will be more.
William D’Amour, Brooklyn Center
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UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS
College presidency should go to a priest
Congrats and best wishes to the new president of St. Thomas (“More St. Thomas growth: First woman lay president,” Feb. 15). However, the Board of Trustees changing its bylaws to allow a noncleric to be president is a slap in the face to the more than 40,000 priests in the United States. There are plenty of priests who would be excellent St. Thomas presidents. As both an undergraduate and graduate student at St. Thomas, having a priest as president was a great source of pride. As students, we knew the administration cared as much for a student’s spiritual well-being as for the university’s performance.
Charlie Casserly, Minneapolis
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