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Letter to the Editor – Hjordis Olson – 2-4-2015

To the Editor:

The sand mine industry divides communities. The few who take their money in secret do damage to the scenic beauty and peace of mind in the whole area. Neighbors once friendly are tense or formal. Friends and families fight. Is it all worth it? Is it fair that a few people get to change an area into an industrial site with all the noise, traffic, and pollution that comes with it?

Changing Colfax into a mining zone would kill the town. Take a drive to New Auburn, Almena, or Independence to see the corrosive damage to an entire community.

I’d love to have a sand mine salesman come up our driveway. I’d tell him where to go.

Hjordis Olson
Colfax, Wisconsin