Letter to the editor: Proposed quarry is a tragedy waiting to happen

Posted July 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm


These are my thoughts about the proposed Mathy/Wilton Town Board plan for a quarry about .4 mile from Tunnel Trail Campground. I’m not a hand-wringer or sensationalist, but I sense a series of potential tragedies waiting to happen. I don’t think the four farm families that tentatively plan to sell their land to Mathy gave much thought to the health, safety and business issues the potential sale could create.

I’m also amazed by the apathy of the DNR, which manages the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. I’ve been told it won’t give a permit to one of the farmers for a driveway to cross the trail, but will allow hundreds of huge gravel trucks to cross the trail at Logan Avenue every. The DNR has clout but abstains from using it for the protection

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    Vote for Tony Kurtz for Congress

    By DOUG ROGALLA | Kendall

    I will vote for Tony Kurtz to represent voters in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.

    Kurtz is a wonderful father with two teenagers, a retired Army aviation warrant officer, and a farmer and small-business owner from the Prairie du Chien area.

    I have looked him in the eye, and he shares my concerns that our country is headed in absolutely the wrong direction. It seems as though we are treated to

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    Letter to the Editor: Walker’s Common Core hypocrisy

    By DAVE WESTER | Elroy

    Why is Gov. Walker spending so much time and effort trying to eliminate Common Core educational standards when it is NOT a significant issue among Wisconsin citizens?

    Follow the money. Eliminating Common Core is a major initiative of at least four national conservative organizations, according to U. S. News and World Report (Feb. 27, 2014). Those organizations are Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation. The first three are Koch brothers organizations. The Koch brothers contributed gobs of

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    Letter to the editor: There must be compromises between industry, tourism

    By the Elroy-Sparta Trail Board

    The last issue of the County Line did a good job of pointing out the difficult decisions that must be made in our area between industry and tourism. Mathy Construction wants to open a gravel pit near the Tunnel Campground owned by Scott Grenon. Mathy cites the need for gravel. Grenon says opening the quarry with the resulting noise and truck traffic may table his plans for campground expansion. This unfortunate clash of interests highlights the struggle between industry and tourism in our state.

    What is not discussed in

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    Letter to the Editor: Ontario put on great Fourth

    By SUE BLANCHARD | Oconomowoc, Wis.

    My family and I would like to thank all of the dedicated volunteers and patrons who again made this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Ontario such a wonderful event. I grew up and raised my family in Oconomowoc, Wis., and I remember how nice it was to be part of a smaller community. Our city has grown considerably, and with that growth, events have changed. There are still many great things going on in Oconomowoc, but there is not the

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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Help us stop the quarry

    By JOAN RIPP | Wilton 

    If you live in the town of Wilton, the town of Wellington or any of the surrounding villages and townships, help us in our fight to keep this beautiful area pristine. As you probably already know, Mathy Construction and Milestone Materials are applying for a conditional-use permit to build a quarry off of Logan Road in the town of Wilton. There are people who live right next to the site where they want to put the quarry. Can you imagine living right

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