The Wisconsin GOP wants to develop wetlands for construction (Tribune, Feb. 7).

The wetlands help prevent flooding, help purify water and provide habitat for wildlife.

A few people will make a fortune on development, but most people, including Republicans, won't. Most of us will be no better off than we were before, and it will have an impact on the environment. The idea that even the rich will suffer is no consolation.

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." — Cree Indian Proverb

Gordon Fowler, La Crosse

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