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Reader ready for mine

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2006

Alaskans need to make a choice. Do we generate high-paying jobs by responsibly developing our natural resources or do we condemn out children to a break future toiling in low-paying, seasonal service economy?

Which sounds better to you?

Seeing your son or daughter earn $70K per year working at a copper mine like the Pebble project or watching them eek out a living amusing summer tourists and drawing unemployment during the winter?

Time for a reality check: Most Americans communities would give anything to host a development like the Pebble project.

I have no compassion for the “high-end’ lodge owners who are in such a dither about this mine; many of these lodge owners and their employees live Outside. Furthermore, just how many Alaskans do you know who can afford to pay $1,500 a night to stay at one of these lodges? And there is no evidence that this mine would negatively affect their business.

Most of the ruckus about Pebble has been stirred up by greedy greenies on the trail of big money as “environmental watchdogs.”

The Pebble project could be one of the best things that ever happened to Alaska. Sen. Hawker’s resolution designed to derail it is dishonorable and it could destroy job opportunities for thousands of Alaskans.

Eric Treider

Soldotna



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