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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.

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-30-2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:33 PM )

Galleria success
To the editor:
 We would like to thank the special people who displayed their wonderful Christmas trees and those who donated the fabulous baskets for raffle during this year’s Christmas Tree Galleria.

 
Another reason to shop local
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:59 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, December 06, 2011 3:31 PM )

With all the “Cyber Monday” and beyond deals out there, the next few weeks promises a flurry of Internet activity, in all likelihood, unsurpassed in recent history.
 The hype is also unprecedented. Commercials depicting cyber-consumers with “hand cramps,” virtual tours of all your favorite big box stores and a demand to know “what’s in your wallet” as you key in your credit card number and expiration date assure online shoppers with unlimited choices and high pressure offers.

 
Reader's Viewpoint 11-23-2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:44 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:59 AM )

Wales doing a good job
To the editor:
 The recall Wayne Wales petition people are at it again. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, they handed in more recall petitions with 309 signatures on them. After being verified for valid signatures, and if they have enough of them, the earliest date for a recall election would be this February 2012.

 
Shop small—here
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:59 AM )

 We have been hearing a lot lately about “Small Business Saturday” this weekend, Nov. 26. We are being asked to “Shop Small” on this day.
 Small Business Saturday follows by one day the national shopping mania that has become known as Black Friday—when the ***-marts and the big box stores and other national retailers hope to sell plenty of pricy items so their finances will end up “in the black” in a persistently pessimistic economy.

 
Winter’s early alarm system
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:39 PM )

Welcome winter… although it’s still officially autumn on the calendar.
 Of course, anyone who’s lived in the U.P. for any length of time knows that winter can show its face any time of the year, and sometimes has done so… remember those cold, parka-wearing Fourth of July fireworks we watched from inside parked cars?
 Early winter weather is hardly a surprise in this neck of the woods, and I’m sure that every hunter, skier, snowmobiler, ice fisherman and other outdoor enthusiasts gave one big “Hurrah!” when old man winter dumped several inches of snow on us last week.

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-16-2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:44 PM )

Rising to occasion
To the editor:
 Nothing defines the character of a small community better than when disaster strikes one of its own. It is there, at such a time, that one can experience the sense of family that exists. Members join together to help because people matter to one another.
 The Chris Skrzyniarz family’s meeting with misfortune happened in August when Chris and Sheri were involved in an accident with their motorcycle. Chris did not survive. Sheri was seriously injured and faces months, possibly years, of rehabilitation. It was a life-altering event for their children.

 
Honor our vets
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM )

Veterans Day, originating as Armistice Day in 1918, commemorates the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations, ending World War I, and was set on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
 On its first commemoration, Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-9-2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:49 PM )

Buyer beware;voter be wary
To the editor:
 Based on what I understand to be Michigan law where township expenditures are concerned, a township may legally expend public funds for a public purpose only if an interpretation of the state constitution and/or statutes indicates the township is authorized to make that particular expenditure.
 An expenditure that does not meet this standard is illegal and prohibited, even though the purpose seems worthwhile.

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-2-2011
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:41 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:34 PM )

Dinner a success
To the editor:
 We wish to take this opportunity to thank the people of Iron County who attended our fundraiser dinner at the Senior Center in Iron River.

 
Ready for winter
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:40 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:36 PM )

 We can’t deny facts. We don’t stick our heads in the sand. We know what’s coming.
 But we’re ready for it—and we aren’t only talking about boots or shovels or flu shots or ice melt or warm sweaters or all the ingredients for a big pot of chili.
 Next week, the annual Winter Fun Guide hits the street. Inside word is that the cover will have a big snowflake and scenes of the winter activities that will be sweeping over Iron County in the months to come.

 
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