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LETTER: …maybe Mike’s letter opened the door

I commend Mike Banovetz on his letter to the editor in last week’s Echo. The letter criticized Terry Peterson’s previous letter to the editor, yet thanked Terry for his service in the Marines. Mike gave Steve Piragis, an opponent in the copper-nickel mining issue, credit where credit is due. And, in his statement, “We want the same thing, to protect the BWCA for future generations to enjoy,” Mike found common ground for those of us with strong opposing opinions about the prospect of copper-nickel mining in this area.
It’s this kind of approach, starting from a place of agreement and acknowledging the positive aspects of opponents, that promotes civil discourse and can lead to solutions that most can live with. Maybe Mike’s letter opened the door.
Rich Floyd

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