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Postal closings coming
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:25 AM )

 It’s hardly a secret that the U.S. Postal Service is looking to downgrade its services by closing some of its offices throughout the country.
 Thanks to the loss of billions of dollars as more and more Americans hook up with email and the Internet to communicate, times as they say have been tough for an institution that’s older than our constitution.
 Right now, the Postal Service is conducting studies to determine which offices of some 3,700 offices can be closed with the minimum affect on customers. Even Ben Franklin’s post office is in risk of being closed.

 
Reader's Viewpoint 7-27-2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:23 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM )

Channel lack
To the editor:
 Having spent considerable time over the years back on home turf (Crystal Falls), I've become convinced that there are many progressive thinkers among the citizenry who because of the limitations of the city television cable system offerings are deprived of content in line with their inclinations, to wit: the system does not carry MSNBC.

 
Making our world work
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM )

Nearly every municipality in Iron County is currently involved with or getting ready to begin or has recently completed some form of infrastructure project.
 Water and sewer lines are being replaced, fiber optic cable is being installed, roads being repaired. When we drive down those roads, turn on the tap or flush a toilet, do we think about what keeps all those systems going and flowing?

 
Would they?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM )

 Imagine a conversation taking place in a financial advisor’s office last week. A worried couple looks anxiously around, because the conversation is about the economy.
 They just asked a question that hangs in the air: “They can’t be that stupid—can they?”
 And for all the reassurances that Congress will eventually raise the national debt so the U.S. government won’t default on its financial obligations, nobody could say that no, it absolutely won’t happen.

 
Reader's Viewpoint 7-20-2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:23 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:23 AM )

In response
To the editor:
 Don Wolf’s letter in last week’s paper, regarding the rodeo and the Fair Board, was full of the assumptions and misinformation he seemed to be discouraging. I would like to set the record straight.
 Wolf states that the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo Board is delinquent in its fairground rental payments to the county of Iron, or what he called “summer utility usage.” They are not. The rodeo has, in the past, paid the Fair Board $1,500 for use of the grounds for one week. 2010 discussions between the Fair Board and the Rodeo Committee led to a $500 reduction in the rental price, with the Rodeo Committee to take on the physical labor regularly done by the Fair Board members or whoever they chose to hire. 2011 rent of $1,500 has been paid.

 
Readers Viewpoint 7-13-2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:49 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:23 AM )

‘Gift’ appreciated
To the editor:
 On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Synders, Iron River and Pat Kosiba of Crystal Falls for hosting a blood drives in the month of June.
 As a result of their efforts, we collected 61 pints of blood. I would also like to thank the members of the community for taking the time to give the “gift of life.” Thank you for supporting your community blood supply.
-s- Sallie Coron
Coordinator of Blood Collections
U.P. Regional Blood Center
Marquette

 
Changing perspectives
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:45 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM )

“You can’t see the forest for the trees.”
 That old saying came home last week when a newcomer to the area was “extolling” the delights of some of Iron County’s historic landmarks.
 “You have some really amazing places here in this county,” he said. As a native of Iron County, I looked at him with raised eyebrows and a rather smirky look on my face.
 Amazing places? Landmarks?

 
Unwholesome food choices
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:46 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:45 AM )

One of the reasons milk and dairy products are considered wholesome is because they’re healthy and safe. There’s a reason for this—it’s called pasteurization. Remember Louis Pasteur—the chemist who, in 1862, discovered a breakthrough process that helped prevent nasty diseases brought about by micro-organisms, i.e., germs, such as typhoid, diphtheria, scarlet fever and Q fever. By heating food, such as milk, for a brief period of time the germs are reduced or destroyed.

 
Ready for July?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:27 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:46 AM )

 The busiest month of the year, July, is upon us. It starts this Saturday, and it’s going to be packed with events and festivities in Iron County.
 Yes, you can argue that May (preparations for summer, Memorial Day and graduation) and December (the countdown to the holiday season) are both frantic, and we won’t deny that. But when you look at all the events taking place every week, planned by local volunteers, July has them all beat.

 
Readers Viewpoint 6-29-2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:26 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:49 AM )
 
The virtues of politics
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:11 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:27 AM )

For too many of us, politics has become a nasty four-letter word, leaving an even nastier taste in our mouths after another round of arguing with friends and families about the virtues and non-virtues of public servants we’ve voted in office.
 Scandal seems to have become the “norm” as we read and watch about the latest elected official who has overstepped his bounds in that position, and who has soiled even further the decay of what we used to hold as a model of decorum and respect.

 
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