I’m increasingly wondering how many of our community leaders who support reopening the Idaho-Maryland mine – government, civic or major business advocates – own stock in parent company Emgold?
They obviously would personally benefit if the mine were to win approval to reopen.
As a journalist, I certainly would disclose that. (Most news organizations *require* that if you write about them). Others should too, no matter what their occupation.
Likewise, I suppose, I’d like to hear from mine opponents who are “shorting” the stock – that is, betting it will go down. (A less likely group of people, but who knows?)
I raise this because I’ve been *astounded* at the “conflicts of interest” that routinely go on around here but are not fully disclosed – something I’ve written about before. Living in a “small town” is not an excuse.
Raising the bar on professionalism is a big step toward attracting more professionals to our area.
BTW, I don’t own any Emgold shares. I’m also still on the fence about reopening the mine. It’s much too early in the process to take sides.