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Milaster - Letter to the editor


Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

It has been interesting to read the letters to your editor in recent weeks from individuals who are sick and tired of the debate and divisiveness that have arisen from the Heartland Tire Incinerator proposal. Being figuratively sick and tired of strong heart-felt public debate in a democracy seems far superior to the alternative – becoming literally sick and ‘tired’ if a disinterested community would choose not to estimate in concrete terms the long-term costs of allowing unquantified industrial pollution to invade their community.

As someone with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, I believe wholeheartedly in the potential of the free market to enable responsible entrepreneurs to bring good fortune to their communities. This only happens, however, when the entrepreneur operates their undertaking with complete transparency to the public. That key ingredient, transparency, has struck me as being woefully inadequate in the Heartland Tire Incinerator proposal for many reasons, including the following:

1) The misnomer of this enterprise “Heartland Energy & Recycling”: If I burn logs in my fireplace, I don’t consider it recycled. If I burn my Thanksgiving turkey in the oven, I won’t consider it recycled – I’d probably consider it wasted. Simply put, Burning ≠ Recycling. Burning = Incineration. Incineration = Pollution. Please don’t insult our intelligence. “Heartland Tire Incinerator” seems a much more transparent name for the project.

2) The mystery surrounding the investors behind the project and the business plan that they claim will bring tremendous wealth to the local community: In the current fiscal drought, you would think that a group of investors with such benevolent intent would gladly soak up the free press that would come with sharing their identities and their specific financial plans to improve the local community. The secrecy surrounding the financial interests involved is not consisten with an ethic of transparency. (Letters to the Editor, Nov. 24, 2003, Fillmore County Journal were the closest I’ve seen to a business plan for the project - and not provided by the Mausts.)

3) The resistance that the proponents have to a full Environmental Impact Study: The noise, air and water pollution levels from the incinerator and the tractor trailers that will haul these waste tires and their ashes through our c .....
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Curran - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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Letter about Lanesboro library

From Bede, the Venerable, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Caxton, Bishop Thomas Percy to William Shakespeare and beyond: where would all of these chroniclers, writers, printers, publishers and playwright ..... 
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Applen - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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Letter about township democracy

I applaud Mychal Wilmes for an editorial he wrote in Agri-News recently about township democracy and the issue facing Ripley Township in Dodge County. Wilmes is right on the mark when he says let ..... 
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Stager - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

I read the article, “SEMEP has too much control in Preston” by Scotty Gibson in the Republican Leader dated October 30, 2003 and in the Fillmore County Journal dated November 3. I do agree with Mr. Gibson ..... 
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Moran - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Robert Handy

Dear People of Lanesboro,

When my father moved from the Netherlands to the USA in 2002, he hoped to live near Mayo Clinic. He discovered the town of Lanesboro on the internet. Duri ..... 
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Laging - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

I have read all the letters in both our fine papers regarding Heartland. Some slanted and some not. The controversy has grown complicated with lawsuits, elections and Letters to the Editor. It has deterior ..... 
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Halle - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

How did the idea of Heartland Tire Burning Incinerator get this far? It is absolute madness to let it proceed. It is obvious that all of us would have negative health effects, but who among us would suffer ..... 
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Boysen - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Preston utility and street improvement projects

This letter is in regard to the costs and funding for the two CSAH 17 Utility and Street Improvement Projects underway in Preston. I apologize in advance to the Ridge ..... 
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Attwood - Letter to the Editor

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Letter about Heartland

Mr. Scheevel’s letter to the editor on 11/17/03 proclaims that the world’s largest tire incinerator (Haeartland) would pay “a large amount of taxes to our city and also having a payroll in excess of 1 mill ..... 
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