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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.

Readers Viewpoint 10-26-2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:14 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:41 PM )

Thanks for the support
To the editor:
 Thanks to all who supported the Iron County Museum rummage fundraisers in 2011.
 The community response both last spring and this fall was astounding. The numerous volunteers at the museum were in awe of the quantity and quality of the donated treasures dropped off for the fundraising events.

A little welcome news
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:13 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:40 PM )

The good news is that Social Security recipients will get a cost-of-living increase beginning in January.
 The bad news, it’s been a long time coming, since this is the first increase since 2009, and recipients will also see some increase in their Medicare premiums.
 For many senior citizens, life on Social Security hasn’t been quite the fun and games of retirement living that they had envisioned when they first decided to retire.

Readers Viewpoint 10-19-2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:51 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:14 PM )

Drive a success
To the editor:
 On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Lindsay Anderson of Victorian Heights and Pat Kosiba of Crystal Falls for hosting blood drives in the month of September.

Mean girls
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:50 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:13 PM )

It’s no earth-shaking news that surfing through cable channels yields a glut of reality shows. Cable and satellite stations hemorrhage reality-TV in every subject, location and situation.
 The programs, which I can’t stomach for more than the time it takes to punch the remote, are the reality shows that depict glitzy groups of women and girls backstabbing, shouting and, in some instances, physically attacking one another. Whether its “mob wives,” families confronting parental hoarders, teen moms, desperate women—they’re in our faces, behaving badly and, I wondered, influencing young female viewers.

Readers Viewpoint 10-12-2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:53 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:51 AM )

Ordinance discriminates
To the editor:
 I am very concerned about an invasive species ordinance promulgated by Stambaugh Township for Chicaugon Lake in Iron County, Michigan.
 According to the draft, boating permits will now be required in astronomical fees for watercraft using the lake in order to control Eurasian milfoil. They claim this problem cannot be resolved through the DNR/state of Michigan. Instead, Stambaugh Township and the Chicaugon Lake Association people have decided to take it upon themselves to tax the recreating public to force boating fees to satisfy this task.

Fantastic fall
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:52 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:50 AM )

 These are heady days to be a sports fan in Iron County. It’s been many years since the teams we follow most closely have done so well.
 First up, the baseball playoffs. The Milwaukee Brewers have won their first post-season series for nearly 30 years and are playing for the National League championship. On the other side of Lake Michigan, the Detroit Tigers disposed of the New York Yankees last week and are playing the Texas Rangers this week for the American League title.

Keep economic development going and growing
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 8:51 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:52 AM )

“Persistent pessimism.” That’s the comment surrounding a new poll that indicates 90 percent of Americans say economic conditions remain poor. A Michigan poll conducted last week among residents used the words “abysmal” and “hopeless.” Words that don’t make for much happy chat around the coffee machine at the office.

Readers Viewpoint 9-28-2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:53 AM )

Meal service reductions
To the editor:
 This is in reference to the proposed reduction in senior meal service by DICSA beginning Oct. 1.
 DICSA Executive Director Jeff Heino states, “The cuts are the result of funding issues. DICSA is facing a $16,884 funding loss for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 and a $12,000 funding loss for the fiscal year 2012. Nothing is really changed from a financial perspective,” he said.