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LETTER: Wilderness, clean air, clean water are priceless

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GRAND FORKS — Recent letters about the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment prompted me to find out more.

So, I went to the “North Dakotans for Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks” website and read the amendment.

I am not involved in any industry nor am I an environmentalist; instead, I am a North Dakota mother of four. I’ve often thought that our state should spend some of its recent windfall on something meaningful and lasting — something for which our children and their children will be grateful.

I think there is something we can do about that today.

We can set aside 5 percent of our oil revenues to create a fund that will protect North Dakota’s rivers, lakes and streams from the inevitable pollution that comes from rapid economic development.

We have the unique chance to establish new state parks, protect wildlife habitat and provide areas for hunting, fishing and outdoor education.

I am not surprised that some leaders of business and industry should oppose spending on protecting the environment. But business and industry leaders are people too, and many are parents. They should be concerned with what kind of environment will be left for their children.

As for the claim that the amendment is a “money grab” by out-of-state organizations, the money cannot be spent outside of North Dakota. And the final decisions on the spending would rest with a commission made up of North Dakota’s governor, attorney general and agricultural commissioner, all elected officials representing the wishes of the people of the state.

If you want to know the truth about the proposed amendment, go to the website and read it for yourself. You may be moved to become a supporter, as I have.

Sharon Goodman

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