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Alaska Clean Water Initiative?
By Dan Kelly


December 21, 2007
Friday AM

As I was heading in the post office today, I was stopped by a nice young lady that asked me if I wanted to sign her petition to "protect our waters" and "save our salmon". My initial response was that of course I did but I would sign on the way out.

While I was in line, I remembered reading about an initiative directed at the mining industry and how a group opposed to the Pebble Mine was using it to effectively stop all mining in Alaska.

As I left the post office, I asked her if this was that initiative. She responded that it was directed at the Pebble Mine but that it would not affect any "small mines" only "the big ones". I asked another guy signing the petition if he knew what it was for and he just shrugged.

It reminded me how easy it is to sell fear.

After taking the time to look over the information, I am glad I did not sign this petition.

I wonder how many of the busy folks running in and out of the post office and stores really know what they signed today and how it could affect responsible resource development in Alaska.

Dan Kelly
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Ketchikan resident"

Received December 20, 2007 - Published December 21, 2007


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