To the Journal editor:
Anyone who's been raised with responsibility has heard those instructions when first learning to negotiate streets and car traffic to get to where they wish to go.
By now, most of us fastened our seat belts as passengers before the vehicle we were in moved. Later, as drivers, after completing requirements to be a licensed driver, we routinely put on our seat belts and look before we drive.
While driving we remain aware of the road, weather and traffic conditions as well as adhering to the speed limit.
While driving on hills and sharp curves we make adjustments and in inclement weather we are advised to drive at least 5 miles below the speed limit. There are the signals of other drivers on the road as well as sounds of any sirens that must be taken into consideration.
Laws prohibit driving under the influence and drivers of specialized vehicles must have a license for that. Pedestrians have the right of way by law. Every driver in a rural community knows to "take it easy and look out for deer crossings," for instance.
Also, there are the many individuals who often have the thankless job of patrolling the roadways enforcing safety when needed. Anyone who's ever received a ticket or been given a warning, later, in retrospect, realizes being stopped was for the good of all.
So, my question is given we have all of this in the 21st century in our sophisticated beautiful rural environment; what safety issues are Rio Tinto and the MCRC concerned about? Certainly concern for the safety of the natural existing wildlife was given short shrift while pushing for the Marquette County Road 595. To answer that question requires more than a click to vote or a visit to a website.
What will we leave to our grandchildren? From near the shores of Gitchee Gumee/Lake Superior.