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Healthcare turmoil
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:34 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:52 AM )

With last week’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, probably better known as “Obamacare,” the future of any kind of real healthcare reform in this country still remains in doubt.
   Just what it will do, if anything, and how it will do it, still remains something that no one on either side of the political spectrum has been able to articulate with any certainty.

Readers Viewpoint 6-27-2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:35 PM )

Let’s all cast our vote
To the editor:
 This coming November election, let’s all cast our vote. Doing so is not only practicing our right but more importantly exercising our solemn duty as well. The right to vote is not in our constitution for nothing. It is there to remind us, it is a serious obligation.

Adopt a best bud
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:33 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:34 PM )

In the Northwoods Animal Shelter’s monthly “Paws Report,” published on this page this week, you’ll have an opportunity to read about the new programs and services it will be offering, including vaccinations, spaying and neutering programs and even a canine manners class.

Traffic turmoil! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:33 PM )

 As we should have expected, most Iron River-area drivers have been able to get around very well despite the U.S. 2 construction now under way.
 Most of them. But a few of them are, shall we say, more than a little confused.

 Old habits die hard. If they are accustomed to having the right of way at an intersection, they expect to always have the right of way. Even if there is a new stop sign facing them. Even if there are signs that say Do Not Enter. Even if they have to drive around barricades to follow the usual path.
 We have seen plenty of that over the last few weeks. Those of us who live on the main drag through town have amused ourselves watching traffic try to cope. Or not try, as the case may be.
 One night, two vans drove right past three huge dump trucks, parked to block off nearly all the street, only to quickly confront an irregular expense of dirt. They came to the sudden realization that “Road Closed” on the signs they drove past means exactly what it says.
 At other times, we have watched cars execute a perfect circle at the intersection where the detour starts. I guess that makes it Iron County’s second traffic roundabout (after the Alpha circle).
 At home, the cats are dealing with it, though not with much enthusiasm. They are quite content during weekends, when the workers are gone for a few days. But at around 6 a.m. Monday, when the banging and scraping and beeping resumes, they start looking edgy. But we suspect they would still rather deal with that than the vacuum cleaner.
 Closer to the action, nature is coping, too. The critters that pass by during the night aren’t having any problem. In a sheltered corner of the front porch, Mrs. Robin isn’t letting all the noise and racket ruffle her feathers as she tends to her three babies.
 Life goes on. The workers dig up the street, they do their work, they refill the hole and eventually they will repave.
 More fun and scrambled traffic patterns are in store—the crews haven’t gotten to that one-block segment of M-189/Fourth Avenue yet. What’s a driver to do?
 That’s simple. First, be patient. We don’t have to deal with detours and one-way streets too often, and it won’t be for long. Sure, it takes longer to get from here to there—but we could think of a bigger pain in the butt for drivers. Have you ever missed your exit on the freeway only to read those fateful words: “Next exit 16 miles”?
 The other thing is, think behind the wheel, look where you are going and do what the traffic signs say. The signs that say “Stop” and “Do Not Enter” and “One Way” and “Road Closed” are there for a reason. Focus on your driving when behind the wheel. And if you have to take “the scenic route,” so what?
 It’s like life itself, which, they say, is all about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy the trip.
--Peter Nocerini

Readers Viewpoint 6-20-2012 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:35 PM )

To the editor:
 The Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship Fund supports continued education to students perusing degrees in welding technologies and automotive technologies.
 Thank you to all who have contributed to the success as it has helped many local students over the past six years.

 I myself have the benefit of being able to use this scholarship to aid in furthering my education.
 My course of study is the Automotive Alternative Fuels Dual Technician program at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
 Thank you to all who have contributed and supported the Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship,
-s- Robert Edwards
Iron Mountain

4-H needs
To the editor: 
 All of us were once a child, have children, or are possibly thinking of having children. One way or another children affect our lives and they will one day grow up to be the next generation, the choice makers, care takers, the people who make our world go round, so wouldn’t it be a great idea to take a few minutes to reflect on just how we can assure that these children are given every possibility to become a positive influence on the world around us?
 Parents do the best they can to teach them and guide them and the schools try to educate them on matters of the world but there are other things that children need to learn.
 Children need time, away from school, to interact with other children. They need to learn how to socialize, accept, and respect others. They need to learn how to form or be a part of a team, relying on one another to make the project a success (even if you have some difficulties with some of the people involved).
 They need to learn to be a part of the community and how to give of themselves to improve that community. They also need to have some good, clean fun, whether that be animals, crafts, art, writing, etc. Maybe it involves an outing to a place of fun and/or education or volunteering somewhere.
 4-H offers all this, and so much more, to the youth of Iron County and across the state. It takes a lot of time and commitment to become a leader in 4-H and not everyone is up to making that commitment to be available time wise.
 Lives are busy and people have other things that need their attention. Everyone understands that. What they might not realize is that there are so many other facets of 4-H where volunteers are priceless assets. You do not necessarily have to have any contact with youth to be a valuable resource to them.
 A 4-H volunteer might be offering to help in the office a few hours a week, maybe they are willing to manage the food booth at the fair, maybe help with the registrations for the fair, or be a presence in the office at the fair to oversee any problems that might occur. Maybe they can help with getting newsletters and other information out or help organize an outing or event.
 In a time where everyone is seeking your financial donations and it seems like you are always robbing Peter to pay Paul, maybe you can take a breath and know that it is possible to give (generously, I might ad) to the community without ever touching your check book. As I age, I have come to realize that often the most important gift one gives is their time. You hear that all the time but one day you realize that this statement is true.
 Children do not want our money (although it may seem like this). They want your time. They want to know they matter and they are worth those few minutes of your time. It is your smile, your listening attentively, your suggestions, your helping hand, your laughter, your support. It is those memories that will help them learn the true value. If you are volunteering in a fashion where you do not have direct contact with the children you are still freeing up time for someone else to dedicate that time to the youth. It all matters.
 4-H could really use some of those support type volunteers and I hope you will give it some thought and contact Adrien Brzoznowski at the local 4-H office at 875-0604 or e-mail her at to see what you can do for us.
 -s- Cheryl Wescher
 Proud Volunteer 4-H Leader
 Iron River

Crew thanked
To the editor:
 I am writing today to say thank you to the crew at the Resthaven Cemetery. The grounds were so meticulously groomed, I had only to wash the head stones and leave my flowers.
 As I looked around I realized what a huge job it must be to maintain such a large area. I don’t know all the names of the workers, but I do know the man I see there every time I go to water or cover my plants. That man is Township Supervisor Mark Polley.
 He does this work uncompensated, because “it is the right thing to do.” How lucky are we to have someone as dedicated as Mark. So thank you all again for the caring and respect you have shown our families. Our family is very grateful.
-s- Susan (Harding) Stupp
Iron River

Grand opening a success
To the editor:
 A sincere thank you to the wonderful volunteers and staff at the Iron County Historical Museum for making our June 9 grand opening a great success. Thanks, too, to Golden K for another terrific pancake breakfast.
 Since last summer, dozens of volunteers have given their expertise, time, and energy toward improving our museum. The Stager Depot project raised the 1890 depot, 1917 rail car, and maintenance car from the dirt and, in the process, raised the quality of experience for our museum’s visitors.
 The volunteers who worked in our main building and on our grounds to make our museum ready for the grand opening, and who worked on the depot project, are too numerous to mention, but my gratitude to all of them is sincere.
 Simply put, without these volunteers, we could not operate. With them, we not only have a better museum: we enjoy the journey as well.
-s- Ross Parcels
Iron County
Historical Museum

Readers Viewpoint 6-13-2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM )

To the editor:
 I would like to thank all who donated to the Justin Elson Memorial Scholarship. I will use this scholarship to help me further my education.

Survey says
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM )

In our June 6 newspaper, we carried an article about the Iron River Senior Center facing nutrition program cuts.
 The article noted that, like much of the U.P., the nutrition programs in both Iron and Dickinson counties are on the decline. The decline has put the local senior center at risk of losing its entire program.

Readers Viewpoint 6-6-2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:52 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM )

Bake sale thanks
To the editor:
 The Alpha Museum Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made our recent Memorial bake sale our most successful ever.
 Special thanks are extended to Millie and all of our wonderful bakers, Dorothy and Mo for their Telephone Time chats, and the many folks who donated food and money or came to buy goodies to enjoy. Thank you all.

Say thanks to a teacher
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:51 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:40 PM )

The classrooms have emptied, computers shut down, books shelved for the summer.
 It’s a good time to look back and thank our area teachers for their work this past school year.

Ready for summer?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:51 PM )

 Are you ready for summer?
 Ready or not, it’s ready for you. Here it it, knocking on your front door. Road construction is already in full swing. The detours for the U.S. 2 project in Iron River are not in place yet, but it won’t be long.
 The leaves are at last fully in bloom. While we still are a bit behind in rainfall, the wildfire danger seems to be mostly over, Bushes and grasses and trees are a fresh new green. They’re ready for summer.

Readers Viwepoint 5-30-2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:52 PM )

Carriers thanked
To the editor:
 On behalf of our local food pantry, we would like to thank the Iron River Postal Carriers for the food drive they conducted. Thank you to the postal customers, who gave so generously. The quality and quantity collected is incredible.
 Thank you to Ann Nieminen for organizing the Postal Carrier Food Drive. A big thank you to the postal carriers. You are amazing.
 Thank you to the West Iron County football players who hauled six very full pickup truck loads from the post office to our sorting site.
 St. Vincent de Paul’s West Side Food Pantry distributed over 2,800 food orders last year. We provide food and help to those in our community who need a helping hand. The need is greater than ever before.
 Please know that all who participated in any way, helped feed a hungry neighbor.
-s- Carol Busakowski
St. Vincent de Paul
Iron River