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High achievers
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:09 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:58 PM )

Their first practices took place while everyone was making plans for Thanksgiving. For over three months, basketball season has dominated the Iron County sports scene.
 In the next week or so, the sport will finally yield the spotlight, but only after thrilling action during high school tournament play.
 The girls district tournaments took place last week. Not even last week’s monster snowstorm could get in the way of West Iron County and Forest Park, as both schools won their district championships for the second straight year.

 
Happy Feb. 29 birthday
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:38 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:09 AM )

Leap year… an extra day and a real birthday for those born on Feb. 29.
 Obviously, there isn’t anything new about leap years. They come around every four years, generally just in time for some major election or another. Just what we need, an extra day to listen to our puffed-out politicians telling us how wonderful they are and just how out-of-touch their opponents are.
 Leap day, Feb. 29, will be found on our Gregorian calendars on most years that can be evenly divided by four … 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

 
Readers Viewpoint 2-29-2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:37 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, March 06, 2012 10:09 AM )

Blood drive a success
To the editor:
 On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center I would like to thank Pearl Ross and Pat Kosiba for hosting a blood drive in the month of January.
 As a result of their efforts, we collected an outstanding 46 pints of blood. These two ladies deserve a big round of applause for helping the U.P. Regional Blood Center save countless lives.

 
It’s an incentive
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:14 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:38 AM )

If the “C” word has you concerned, don’t be. Consolidation is the big buzz word lately, and for good reason. As a component of the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP), proof of a municipality’s consolidation of services is providing additional revenue sharing for Iron County’s cities and townships.
 You’ve heard a lot about consolidation lately in Iron River and Caspian. You’ve heard about it in the townships, and even in our school districts.

 
Readers Viewpoint 2-22-2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:13 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:37 AM )

Generosity
To the editor:
 I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now: let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again – E’tienne De Grellet

 
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.

 
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