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Pitting Neighbor Against Neighbor

Written By: Jerry Hanson  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

"Private property and freedom are inseparable." George Washington Like many of my neighbors and friends, I am saddened by the pitting of neighbor against neighbor that has been caused by the opponents of silica sand mining. Some of my neighbors are getting biased information from anti-mining, and anti-hydrofracing activist websites. Any attempt to bring facts and a balanced perspective to the discussion is anathema to these activists who have little regard for an individual's property rights.

They use our neighbors and local elected officials like pawns to advance their national (global) agenda by fanning the flames of opposition with unsupported statements, distorted pictures, half truths, anecdotal testimonies, and false assumptions. Missing from their websites and public comments at town and county board meetings are scientific facts, and verifiable testimonies. In all this hype; legitimate concerns, precautions, and property rights take a back seat to emotionalism.

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