You have to wonder why Dale Schultz and Wisconsin Democrats are against mining in northern Wisconsin? You will see here how a lot of people in the area feel about jobs and the economy for Northern Wisconsin. It is worth watching the videos to get a feel of the mining issue.
Hopes of an old mining town live in WI mining bill
March 5th, 2012
By Ryan Ekvall and M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
HURLEY — Bars, restaurants and strip clubs line both sides of Silver Street, Hurley’s main drag.
The brick buildings, built in the early 20th century, are like those found in many of Wisconsin’s small towns. Signs hang from the front the buildings — the Iron Nugget, the Silver Dollar Saloon, the Idle Hour.
Banners on lampposts up and down Silver Street depict dancers, loggers, trappers and miners, all remnants of Hurley’s past.
Those are fixtures of Hurley today.
“The mine would mean us being able to survive,” said Hurley Mayor Joseph Pinardi.
But there appears little, if any, opposition to any action that would bring back mining to Hurley — a town that traces its roots to the Badger State’s rich mining history.
Signs, like “Mining is our history; mining is our culture; mining is our future,” and “Support Mining, We Need Jobs Now” hang on front doors of establishments and pepper front yards much like “Recall Walker” placards in Madison.
In part, the signs serve to raise awareness to tourists visiting the area. In whole, they’re a statement of hope for the town’s future.
There is plenty of opposition to the Assembly bill, much from Democrats and environmental groups and Wisconsin’s tribal nations. There is some opposition to opening up iron-ore mining at all. And there certainly is opposition in northwest Wisconsin.
Read more and see videos at The Wisconsin Reporter.
We need an up and down vote in Madison to see who is and who is not for jobs in Wisconsin. To Jeff and Scott Fitzgerald, bring the bill to a vote!