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Readers Viewpoint 2-15-2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:42 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:13 AM )

In response
To the editor:
 Iron County residents, in response to a letter written to the editor recently by a county commissioner, I feel it’s my duty to comment.
 According to the Iron County Commissioners “Code of Ethics” No. 3 reads—A board member has the right to express personal opinions and when expressing such opinions in public, the member should clearly state the opinion as personal. This just happens to be the same board member who reminded me a few months ago that I should follow these codes. Does this only apply if you are one of the board members who are not part of the decision making process? Many important issues are being made by a few members and not brought to the full board. I believe the most effective way we can serve the residents of Iron County is by making our decisions in a public forum, where we can ensure our constituents are well informed and we work together as a whole.

 
First step in 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:14 AM )

 We assume you know that 2012 is going to be an election year. Well, it’s true.
 And we assume you know what it means for us. Among other things, it means that television will be practically unwatchable after mid-summer due to all the campaign ads. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s precedent-setting Citizens United decision, there will be more unregulated campaign ads than ever before.

 
Readers viewpoint 2-8-2012
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:01 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:42 AM )

Everyone’s
right to life
To the editor:
 Re: Unborn mourned (Jan. 25 Reader’s Viewpoint)
 The writer is correct. Everyone has a right to life. I have no dispute about that. I do however have a question about the "tools' for abortion that are referred to.
 What are they, who uses them and at what period in the life cycle are they being used? The innuendo was they were barbarous. 

 
Beware of wolves?
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:00 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:41 AM )

Many of our residents were probably very happy to hear that wolves in the western Great Lakes region had been removed from the federal endangered species list.
    And, it seems, just in the nick of time, if persistent rumors heard about the area carry any weight.
    Wolves, like any carnivore, like to bite into any nice warm and tasty morsel suitable for family dining. In our area and that means deer, and we certainly have been seeing quite a few deer around city areas this year.

 
Readers Viewpoint 2-1-2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:31 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:01 AM )

Vote ‘no’
To the editor:
 This letter is in regards to the upcoming recall election of Wayne Wales.
 The Statement of Reason on the ballot does not have to be a true statement. The first part of the statement accusing Mr. Wales of being negligent in overseeing the county budget is nonsense. The Finance Committee is comprised of three commissioners and as board chairman, Mr. Wales is not involved in the day-to-day finances of the county. Any financial decision (except for ordering the bills paid) has to be made at a full board meeting and has to be approved by a majority of the board.

 
Enjoy the events
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:30 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:00 AM )

Not all nor everyone has dropped into the cold winter doldrums—in fact, here in Iron County, several events are firing folks up, and promise to provide an injection of fun—and funds into the community.

 
Readers Viewpoint 1-25 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:31 PM )

Unborn mourned
To the editor:
 On Jan. 22, prolife people mourn the loss of more than 54 million unborn children since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided 39 years ago.
 When Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion was legalized in all 50 states through all nine months of pregnancy. Unborn children for too long have been denied access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A generation of Americans have had approximately one-fourth of their brothers and sisters destroyed before birth.

 
Dead of winter
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:30 PM )

 Doggone it! It seems that winter didn’t forget about us after all. Last week was downright frigid. This week started out downright white. Plenty of snow for everybody.
 For the snowmobilers and skiers and snowshoers and ice anglers and the legion of snowplow pilots among us, not to mention those local merchants who serve visiting winter vacationers, it’s certainly a welcome sight.

 
Readers Viewpoint 1-18-2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM )

Different programs
To the editor:
 The Iron County Authority on Aging would like to inform everyone in Iron County that we have two different agencies here to help the public.
 First, we have Lifeline. This is to help the elderly who stay at home, who need some help in case they become sick, fall or injured. These people probably live alone and are still capable of caring for themselves. This organization is being managed by NorthStar Hospital.

 
Road worn and weary
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM )

You don’t have to drive far around the area to know that our streets, road ways and highways could use some serious attention.
 Every spring we lament the sad conditions of our roads as they shed their icy coatings of snow, ice, salt and sand, cracking in many places from the thawing of the frost underneath.
 If there is any joy to this annual tradition, it is knowing that ensuing potholes will be small enough not to engorge the entire car, hopefully.
 You also don’t have to speculate very long to known that your stretch of road probably won’t be on any municipality’s priority list.

 
Readers Viewpoint 1-11-2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:37 PM )

Land donation wanted
To the editor:
 For some 50 years, there has been talk of a U.P. Michigan Veterans National Memorial Cemetery. On Sept. 18, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 15th District fall Meeting in South Range, a resolution was passed to work on acquiring a National Memorial Veterans Cemetery in the Upper Peninsula.
 There are 55,000 veterans in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. They are under the care of the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain. The Republic or Sagola area would be central to the area.

 
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