Letter to the editor: Gordon corrects error
By: From Katya Gordon, Two Harbors, Lake County News Chronicle
Recently I received a phone call from a retired oilman. We got cut off (I hope accidentally) and I didn’t catch where he was calling from or even his name. He called in response to my article in the paper about the Keystone and Alberta Clipper pipelines. The first thing he did was correct an error in the article I wrote last week. We were already aware of the error but I am glad to have a chance to correct it here: Enbridge 67, the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, already exists, and has been in operation since 2010. What currently needs a new Presidential permit is Enbridge’s proposal to dramatically increase the amount of oil pumped through the pipeline. Enbridge is also exploring a new route, currently termed the “Sandpiper” which would run through Carlton County to
I found it both terrifying and exhilarating to debate with someone who vehemently disagrees with me. I remembered why I, and probably many others, hesitate to stick our necks out—it makes us vulnerable. It creates enemies. Who wants enemies? But I did get to ask him a question that is very important to me: Is he concerned about climate change? And he got to tell me what he thinks of my opinions.
Wherever he is, I hope he is continuing the discussion in some way. It is critical that we are listening and talking to those who feel differently than we do. What I think affects you—and vise versa. Take the time to engage your neighbor in a discussion of something that is important to you—or to him or her. This stuff matters.
I came out of the conversation feeling like he was an okay guy who knew some things that I didn’t and who cares deeply like I do.