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The virtues of politics PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:11 PM

For too many of us, politics has become a nasty four-letter word, leaving an even nastier taste in our mouths after another round of arguing with friends and families about the virtues and non-virtues of public servants we’ve voted in office.
 Scandal seems to have become the “norm” as we read and watch about the latest elected official who has overstepped his bounds in that position, and who has soiled even further the decay of what we used to hold as a model of decorum and respect.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:27 AM
 
Back in the ‘saddle’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:02 AM

A bicycle saddle, that is. A newly paved bicycle path in Crystal Falls Township, part of the Heritage Trail network has been completed, and organization members and township officials are planning a “grand opening” June 16.
 The Apple Blossom Trail now extends from Fourth Avenue in Iron River to Old Caspian. It all points to excellent opportunities to get on a bike and enjoy all the benefits of cycling.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:11 PM
 
Just one vote PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:00 AM

Before too much more time runs away, we hope you have thought about the final recount totals from the May 3 election in Iron County.
 The recount took place late in May, and the final, official totals showed that Forest Park’s measure to extend its bonding for one year lost by a single vote. (It was originally called a tie—one more “no” vote was found during the recount.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:02 AM
 
Editorial 6-1-2011 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:03 AM

Keep it safe this summer
It hasn’t been much of a spring, but most of us are willing to take the miserable weather in exchange for what’s happening in other parts of the country.
     Yes, we’ve seen a few touch-downs of tornadoes here in Iron County and there’s even been a few flood watches over the years. Basically, we here have been blessed with weather that we can just gripe and complain about. We haven’t had to evacuate our homes en masse to safeguard our lives.
     But, as we are all aware, we live in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenic areas found on this planet and that, of course, includes the great Northwoods that surrounds us.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:00 AM
 
Congratulations grads PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:58 PM

This Sunday, the West Iron County and Forest Park communities will recognize, honor and send off the class of 2011. We hope the weather will be great, and the parties a blast.
 We hope the best for our grads. Stay safe, have a good time, cherish the memories you have of your school days.
 It’s amazing we’re more than a decade into the 21st century. The future that many of us envisioned when we were high school graduates is here, for better or worse. Reading science fiction novels “way back” in the 1960s and 70s, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to picture micro electronics, computer chips and instant communications. Heck, even Dick Tracy went from having a two-way wrist radio to a two-way wrist TV by then, and used atomic laser beams to fight crime.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:03 AM
 
Which bone next? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:41 AM

 Politicians are wonderful, aren’t they? Two of the things we enjoy the most are the consistent messages they send and the priorities they set.
 Take education.
 In the manic atmosphere of budget-slashing taking place in both Washington and Lansing, education has been a prime target. In Michigan, aid to local schools has taken hit after hit after hit over the last decade or so.
 Local school districts that have had to repeatedly cut back their budgets are being told to cut more. But after the fat has been rendered out and the muscle sliced away, you are left with bones. Which bone shall we slice away next?

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:58 PM
 
Taking a home vacation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:30 AM

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
     And that might just be the destination point for many of us vacation planners this year.
     With rising prices and the flip-flop economics of gas prices still in need of a robust transfusion, many of us are trying to decide whether to go forward with “normal” vacation plans this summer or cancel such thoughts and stick to home.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:40 AM
 
How to help PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:07 AM

Video and photos of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan in March were mind-boggling. I was talking to Sgt. Jeff Gibson of our local National Guard unit about another story at that time, and I had to ask—theirs being an engineer battalion, after all—how in the world does anyone start to clean up that destruction and debris? How does anyone begin to rebuild their homes, their lives?

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:30 AM
 
Use your voice PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:37 AM

 With the royal wedding taking place this Friday in London, this is unofficially Bad British Accent Week here in the states. TV will be filled with documentaries and news reports about William and Kate, and nearly all of them will be narrated by someone trying to sound very, very British.
 Over here, it’s a brief but welcome break from the steady flood of bad news. It’s very tempting to tune out the headlines and reports about things you and I can’t do anything about. All we need to see about how things are going are the prices in front of your friendly local gas station.

Last Updated on Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:07 AM
 
A taxing situation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:20 AM

Gas prices are on the increase, job opportunities are on the decline, politicians are doing their usual finger pointing, and most of us are just about out of patience.
 The recent news from the sovereign states of both Wisconsin and Michigan are leaving some of us with a lot of serious doubt that our legislative bodies are any more qualified to deal with our current economic crisis than those who are serving in Congress.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:36 AM
 
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