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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.

Readers Viewpoint 12-21-2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 27, 2011 2:31 PM )

Bicycle trail update
To the editor:
 At last Thursday's Heritage Trail meeting, it became clear that we are still falling short of the local match for the $1.5 million in grant money we have received.
 For future expansion projects, we will be asking the public to donate money to help cover the local contribution. For now, we are asking you to show your support for this portion of the trail, from the end of the current Apple Blossom Trail to Pentoga Park, by contacting your county commissioner or by attending the county commissioners’ meeting, held at the Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 1:30 p.m.
-s- Robert Rafferty
Friends of the Heritage Trail
Iron River

Readers Viewpoint 12-14-2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:49 PM )

Inspiring quotations
To the editor:
     As we celebrate this year’s Christmas season, allow me to express my admiration and respect to the people around us who are tirelessly and unselfishly doing service to others without expecting any rewards in return.

Transition time
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:50 PM )

 A wistfulness pervades the air this time of year. The old year is nearly over, and we inevitably look back. We do a lot of thinking about what has happened in the last 12 months, both the happy memories and the sad ones.
 Some people we know spend their lives gazing at the rear-view mirror of their memory. We have always preferred the view out the windshield—after all, how are you going to get anywhere if you’re not looking forward?

Readers Viewpoint 12-7-2011
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:33 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:50 PM )

No handicap
To the editor:
 On Nov. 5, I took my elderly mother to watch her grandson play in the high school football district tournament between Ishpeming and West Iron.
 I however was extremely disappointed and upset at the lack of accommodations for handicapped or elderly people to access the bleachers and football field.

Pearl Harbor anniversary
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:31 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 13, 2011 2:49 PM )

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the “day of infamy,” the bombing of Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, marking this country’s entry into World War II.
 Shortly after signing the declaration of war against Japan (Dec. 8, 1941), President Roosevelt signed the declaration of war on Germany and Italy on Dec. 11, 1941, entering this country in a two-front war with theaters of operations in both Europe and the Pacific.