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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.

What did you say?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:36 PM )

Working at a newspaper, we tend to be appropriately interested in, well, words. So it’s always a treat when Lake Superior State University comes out with its annual list of banished words for 2012; words or phrases that are overused, abused or just plain silly or meaningless.
 I’m still wrestling with “iconic,” which was on the list in 2009. It still hasn’t been effectively banished, as it still burdens people, places and things as a misused, overused adjective.

Cable TV fiasco
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:01 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:42 PM )

 It’s always sad to see a good friendship end. Especially when the end comes for no good reason at all.
 Regardless, it appears Iron County cable TV viewers will have to move on without WLUK, Channel 11 from Green Bay, a Fox Network affiliate. As 2012, WLUK will go off the air for many cable systems. And the people at the cable companies are just as upset as you are.
 WLUK is owned by LIN Media, based in Providence, R.I. LIN operates 32 TV stations in 17 markets. Maybe we better explain what a “TV market” is.
 Technically, it’s a DMA—designated market area. The entire U.S. is split up into DMAs. Iron County is part of the Marquette DMA, as is most of the western and central U.P., except Gogebic County (Duluth DMA) and Menominee County (Green Bay DMA). Florence County, Wis., is part of the Marquette DMA, too. There is a Fox Network affiliate in the Marquette DMA—Fox UP.

Readers Viewpoint 12-28-2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:31 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:01 PM )

Support the Rodeo
To the editor:
The rodeo is an annual event that has boosted Iron County’s economy and helped keep us on the map for 45 years. This year, the Rodeo Committee’s raffle is a 45 h Anniversary Limited Edition Rodeo Raffle Calendar. If they are able to sell the maximum of 400 calendars, the rodeo organization will be in the best financial shape they have been in years.
 I am not affiliated with the Rodeo Committee, just a concerned citizen. If the people of Iron County don’t continue to support these events they are not going to be around long. I believe there are about 100 calendars left to sell. I am asking the residents of Iron County to support this event and others like it and keep Iron County on the map.
-s- Ken Maki
Iron River

Goodbye, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:30 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 03, 2012 3:01 PM )

And I guess we could add, good riddance!
 As 2011 ebbs into its final days, we would like to write a few lines about what the past year has brought to many of us both in this nation and in this county, but more talk about the past will only conjure up more painful memories of a year that could have been and ended up another “wasn’t even close.”
 So, let’s write a few lines about the hope for 2012 and the bright future we can all look forward to.

Thank goodness for holly
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:50 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:30 PM )

Late last week, I wandered into our composition room, where our ad comp supervisor was working on some Christmas ads.
 “Thank goodness for holly,” she said. Holly? We don’t have anyone working here named Holly.
 Holly, she said. It makes such a handy clip-art element on an ad. It’s small, fits in nicely into corners with its neat, triangular shape, and provides a modest, but important accent to the final advertisement.