Some Alaskans to vote: Salmon or gold?

I wonder how Pennsylvanians in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton/Hazleton region would have voted had they been asked the question: Do we want to strip mine the land for anthracite coal, or do we want to preserve the forests and wildlife and fish that was there before we showed up. The choice, of course, was mining and the legacy is one of ruined land, sparse wildlife, acid mine drainage water pollution, and more. Voters in a southeast Alaska borough will be asked a similar question when they go to their polling place in early November. My gut feeling puts mining first, with salmon a distant second. What a damn shame.


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