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Both sides of the street PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:59 AM

The opinions expressed about the reconstruction of Lay/Washington Avenue in Iron River is becoming as divided as, well, the street will be once the project is completed.
 There is no doubt “Stambaugh Hill” could use some road repair, as could the intersecting streets, from Amber to Evergreen. The streetscape concept for the reconstruction grew from the Cool Cities blueprint for the consolidated downtown areas of Genesee Street and Washington Avenue, an initiative that was started in 2005 with the goal of attracting businesses “up the hill.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:20 AM
 
Dawdling along PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:22 AM

 Spring has been taking its own sweet time getting to Iron County this year. In fact, just about everywhere in the Upper Midwest has been dealing with temperatures well below normal lately.
 That’s not entirely bad news, mind you. Especially if you know some people in North Dakota who had been fearing another round of spring flooding. The slow, gradual warm-up this spring is just what the climatologist ordered for the Red River.

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:59 AM
 
Mother Nature in charge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:56 AM

With fingers crossed, shovels and snow blowers primed, we waited for “the” snowstorm of the season to hit our area.
     Once again, Mother Nature fooled us – and we let out a sigh of relief. Oh yes, we knew this was still March and big dumpings of snow was not only a possibility, but a definite reality. Remember last year?

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:22 AM
 
Something to watch PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:52 AM

There’s been a piece of legislation “making the rounds” recently that is not only worrisome, but somewhat frightening to Michigan’s governmental units.
     House Bill 4214 would “repeal the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act and create the ‘Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act,’ which similarly would provide for the review, management, and control of the financial and other operations of a local government…or a school district.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 10:56 AM
 
Wisconsin’s mistake PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:06 AM

News reports say close to 100,000 people turned out in Madison last Saturday for a demonstration on behalf of Wisconsin’s public union workers. But that battle seems to be over.
 A few days earlier, the Wisconsin Legislature approved Gov. Scott Walker’s highly controversial legislation that weakens collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.
 The bill also increases workers’ contributions to pension plans and health care. It was proposed to help address a $3.6 billion shortfall in the Wisconsin state budget.
 That part wasn’t controversial. Union officials were willing to go along with workers paying a bigger share of their benefits.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 9:53 AM
 
Time to come together PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:24 AM

We’ve become a very angry country in the past couple of years. No one seems interested in resolving issues by putting them ALL out on the table for discussion and discourse.
  We’ve also seemed to have lost our sense of common courtesy and common decency. It used to be that our belief in our rights as citizens of a free country extended to our neighbors. We’ve lost that touch. We’re right and you’re wrong seems to be the prevailing philosophy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:07 AM
 
Say farewell to incandescents PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 28, 2011 6:02 PM

Last summer, there were several programs available to residents to try out (if you haven’t already) compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in their homes.
 Our 130-year association with the incandescent light bulb is ending. Under federal law, incandescent bulbs are being phased out beginning next year when American manufacturers no longer will be allowed to make 100-watt bulbs. This, according to msnbc.com, by Jan. 1, 2014, the only incandescent left on the market will be three-way bulbs, plant lights and appliance lights.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:24 AM
 
Upside down PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:54 AM

 Nothing we say in an editorial here in little ol’ Iron County is going to enlighten the policy-warriors and decisions-makers in Washington, in Lansing or—yes—in Madison. But we’ll just put this out for what it’s worth.

Last Updated on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 8:49 AM
 
A U.P. plus for technology PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:38 PM

It’s always nice to have an elected official make a “local” stop, and the stop last week by President Obama to Marquette was a nice plug for the Upper Peninsula and for the technology innovations happening at Northern Michigan University.
 A number of us are alums of that institution and it was quite a treat to see the president at NMU, and it’s nice to know that higher education in our neck of the woods is not only staying current with the latest advances in technology but, as indicated with the president’s visit, is slightly ahead of the rest of the country.

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:54 AM
 
Wordplay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 12:35 PM

It starts when I get an irritating feeling I’ve been hearing a word or phrase too many times, and in too many (and sometimes inappropriate) ways. I check the calendar, and sure enough, it’s time for the release of the annual Lake Superior State University Banished Words List. The 2011 list, is, as always, a wonderful compendium of “mis-use, over-use and general uselessness.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:54 AM
 
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