Viewpoint: Writer defends pro mining letter
John Kocovsky has written two long letters to the Star Journal attacking Charlie Gullan’s pro mining letters. The last one was Oct. 16. Mr. Kocovsky continues with his falsehoods and spins in his second letter. I will give some examples.
In his first letter, he says the Bad River Tribe has not polluted the Bad River for 12 quarters. Confronted with this falsehood, he then spins over to imply that the tribe does not have the resources to produce clean water. Oh sure, after 10 years of gross pollution, as much as 5400 percent of the legal limit, with (241) violations over a four year period. He then says big companies also pollute.
Maybe, but not at 5400 percent with (241) violations. They’d be out of business.
In his first letter Mr. Kocovsky takes Mr. Gullan to task for exaggerating the jobs the mine would create and implies it would be 2,834 [seems like a lot to me. In the second letter he questions any job numbers and says that studies on job numbers are needed. That is where the 2,834 number came from. Does he think the mine would spend millions without feasibility studies? The mine cannot waste their money on boondoggles as the governments Mr. Kocovsky loves waste ours.
Finally, he says the confrontation between eco terrorists and workers was nothing but insults and an attempt to take a camera and that they shouldn’t have been called terrorists. He conveniently fails to mention bolts removed from a bridge, blockades, and threats to life. Search the internet on “eco terrorist attack on Wisconsin mine workers” for more.
There is more but I don’t want to waste any more of our time responding to a consistent spin master.
Joyce Bant, Hazelhurst