2014-06-26 / Opinion

Surprised That U.P. Residents Are So Willing to Run Out a Company

To the Editor:

I am writing in regard to all of the comments that have been made about Graymont limestone plant being located in Rexton. It surprises me that people who were born and raised in the U.P., but had to move in order to make a living, are so ready to run out a company who is willing to invest in the community.

I have done research on this company and it is located in Washington, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin, without having any adverse effects. This is not a fly-by-night company; it was formed in 1948, has 20 plants, and is the second largest producer of lime in North America. The areas where these plants exist maintain their fishing, wildlife, and outdoor activities.

I have three children who are still trying to make a living in the U.P. and many of my grandchildren. I believe we should let the generation most effected by this decision do the deciding.

If we are sitting in our comfortable homes, with our comfortable retirements and a future of 25 years maximum, then maybe we should think twice about the generation coming behind us.

The U.P. has had mining in the western end for many, many years and they have some of the most gorgeous wild country in Michigan.

Evelyn Burgess


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