"I was a big land-use (rights) guy when I got elected. But when whatever you are using your land for affects your neighbor's lifestyle, their land's values and their health, then I have an issue with that."

I applaud neighboring Houston County Commissioner Dana Kjome's words about balancing personal rights with responsibility toward community. (Bluff County Reader, April 14, 2014, page 12).

Industrial strip mining of frac sand in our karst region will permanently damage the aquifer that is our water source.

We all have the right to clean water. We are all responsible to protect that right for a healthy, sustainable future.

You can help by contacting your county commissioners to reinforce the ongoing importance of this issue for you.

Sincerely,

Bonita A. Underbakke

Holt Township, rural Lanesboro