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Smelter will bring jobs

“911, what’s your emergency?” Help, Pend Oreille county is dying!

Why don’t people see that? I have only lived here two years and I can see it. I understand that people fear change. But better to change and employ people than to continue the slow death that is happening.

Sixteen years in decline of job participation. Three years top five for unemployment and more in the top 10. All per the Washington state employment securities office.

Let’s get this smelter built. With the support of a Democratic governor it will be built under the toughest environmental regulations that any state can offer. Tougher than what the EPA can offer.

Will the paper mill close? Yes, eventually. In the next five to 10 years maybe. Do you want to be left holding the bag when all of those employees go looking for work that is not here? Bring the jobs here before more people have to go on unemployment and government benefits.

I am Christian Meador, retired army vet and lover of this county.

Christian Meador



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