As a lifelong conservationist and business owner, I believe that seeking prosperity and practicing sound natural resources management have created jobs, reduced pollution, and improved air/water quality in Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, as Lee Bergquist said in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, our state leadership and Legislature have used their positions “to engineer the biggest shift in natural resource management in decades by easing regulations and promoting business-friendly policies.”

Wisconsin residents, farmers and manufacturers proved humans can prosper while enforcing science-based conservation/environmental practices. Conserving our state’s resources and maintaining clean air/water quality, which directly impacts the survival of humans, have been replaced by state and federal actions that no longer support this balanced perspective.

Money is an inanimate concept and only meets temporary needs. Based on our massive national and state debt, we will simply print more money when the current supply disappears! On the other hand, polluted water cannot be replaced in such a fashion. Polluted air quality can take decades to improve. When a species of animal, reptile, fish or plant disappears, it cannot be replaced.

Remember, our elected officials work for ALL citizens. Get educated on these issues, write letters and emails to your representatives and attend public hearings! Elect people who respect a balance between prosperity and natural resource conservation. Do this for our children and our grandchildren.

All the money in the world will not matter if our planet is devoid of life. Who will work at the FoxConn plant when this happens?!

LARRY LAEHN

Milton

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