Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Wisconsin, Friction between Tourism and Mining

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

In Wisconsin, Friction between Tourism and Mining

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The article "Wisconsin Boycott Call," Feb. 26, reports an erroneous accusation by Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson that I urged tourists not to visit our beautiful state. The truth is that I have very real concerns about the effects of mining on Wisconsin's environment and our very important tourism industry.

The misinterpreted part of my letter reads: "Before it is too late, and northern Wisconsin becomes the domain of Superfund clean-up crews and EPA rescue dollars, we need your help. Please write to Gov. Tommy Thompson to express your opposition to mining in the state as well as your lack of enthusiasm about making future trips to our state while serious environmental degradation is underway."

Of course I want our friends in other states to continue to come here. My goal is to protect our tourism industry and the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars it can generate for hundreds of years to come - if we do everything we can to protect our environment. …

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