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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.

Will you be a donor?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:40 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, October 04, 2011 8:52 AM )

Like donating blood, becoming an organ donor is truly a gift of life, just ask anyone who’s received an organ transplant, or someone who’s still on the waiting list.
     In August, according to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a record-setting 44,000 state residents registered as organ donors. That’s some 13,000 more than registered during August last year.

Readers Viewpoint 9-21-2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:27 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:41 AM )

Fundraiser a success
To the editor:
 The Iron County Habitat for Humanity Fund Raising Committee would like to publicly thank those people who attended our recent fundraiser and made it a great success.
 We would also like to thank the following businesses who generously donated items for our door prizes: AmericInn, Norway; Tall Pines Grocery, Amasa; Char’s Beauty Boutique,

Silence the sirens
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:26 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:40 AM )

 Our office is located right on the highway, so when the fire trucks head somewhere or the ambulance speeds out of town or when squad car sirens are heard, we know there is some trouble somewhere.
 Lately, we have been hearing those sirens much too often. Late summer has been marked by a series of severe traffic accidents, including several fatalities.
 A bad spell of luck, perhaps, but it’s a reminder that bad things can happen when you get behind the wheel, and paying a lot at the gas station is the least of your problems.

In tribute
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:30 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:26 AM )

This past Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the horrendous attacks on this country on Sept. 11, 2001.
 The memories of that day loom as large and fresh as if it happened yesterday. Most, if not all of us, remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the announcement came over the airwaves about this senseless, brutal act of terrorism.