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Taking a home vacation
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:30 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:40 AM )

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
     And that might just be the destination point for many of us vacation planners this year.
     With rising prices and the flip-flop economics of gas prices still in need of a robust transfusion, many of us are trying to decide whether to go forward with “normal” vacation plans this summer or cancel such thoughts and stick to home.

How to help
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:07 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:30 AM )

Video and photos of the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan in March were mind-boggling. I was talking to Sgt. Jeff Gibson of our local National Guard unit about another story at that time, and I had to ask—theirs being an engineer battalion, after all—how in the world does anyone start to clean up that destruction and debris? How does anyone begin to rebuild their homes, their lives?

Reader's Viewpoint 5-4-2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:06 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:31 AM )

Tax cuts hurt seniors
To the editor:
 On April 28, a vote was taken in the Michigan House of Representatives on a bill promoted by Governor Snyder and a host of Republican representatives that slashes business taxes while raising taxes on retirees, the working poor and other individual taxpayers.  The bill passed, on a 56-53 vote. Western U.P representatives Matt Huuki and Ed McBroom both voted in favor of the bill.
 This bill proposes to cut taxes on corporations by $1.73 billion.  How would the state make up this $1.73 billion tax cut for corporations? The money would come from a series of cuts to the poor, senior citizens and pensioners.

Use your voice
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:37 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:07 AM )

 With the royal wedding taking place this Friday in London, this is unofficially Bad British Accent Week here in the states. TV will be filled with documentaries and news reports about William and Kate, and nearly all of them will be narrated by someone trying to sound very, very British.
 Over here, it’s a brief but welcome break from the steady flood of bad news. It’s very tempting to tune out the headlines and reports about things you and I can’t do anything about. All we need to see about how things are going are the prices in front of your friendly local gas station.

Readers Viewpoint 4-27-2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:36 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:06 AM )

Paying for past mistakes
To the editor:
 I have been blessed over the years in my dealings with scouting, 4-H and veteran affairs to meet people from all walks of life.
 A few years ago, I met some school teachers who were part of a state commission that toured Michigan and did a study on consolidating Michigan schools. This study was done in the late 1960s. That’s right, the 1960s. They found out then that the Michigan school system was antiquated, inefficient and bureaucratically top heavy. They said, the “handwriting was on the wall” and declining student enrollment was coming.

Readers Viewpoint 4-20-2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:23 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:36 AM )

Still a sense of community
To the editor:
 The Readers Viewpoint had two interesting letters recently. The letters were written by two community minded people. After reading the letters, I decided to once more express how some of us in Caspian still feel about the closure of our historic Caspian City Hall. The same paper that had the above letters had an advertisement in it advertising our City Hall. Some of us were hoping that maybe someday somehow our City Hall might reopen.

A taxing situation
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:20 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 26, 2011 9:36 AM )

Gas prices are on the increase, job opportunities are on the decline, politicians are doing their usual finger pointing, and most of us are just about out of patience.
 The recent news from the sovereign states of both Wisconsin and Michigan are leaving some of us with a lot of serious doubt that our legislative bodies are any more qualified to deal with our current economic crisis than those who are serving in Congress.

Both sides of the street
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:59 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:20 AM )

The opinions expressed about the reconstruction of Lay/Washington Avenue in Iron River is becoming as divided as, well, the street will be once the project is completed.
 There is no doubt “Stambaugh Hill” could use some road repair, as could the intersecting streets, from Amber to Evergreen. The streetscape concept for the reconstruction grew from the Cool Cities blueprint for the consolidated downtown areas of Genesee Street and Washington Avenue, an initiative that was started in 2005 with the goal of attracting businesses “up the hill.”

Readers Viewpoint 4-13-2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:58 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:23 AM )

Jobs, yes;
clean water, no
To the editor:
 That was the message I got while listening to State Representative Huuki and State Senator Casperson speak in Iron River on Saturday, April 10.

Dawdling along
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:22 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:59 AM )

 Spring has been taking its own sweet time getting to Iron County this year. In fact, just about everywhere in the Upper Midwest has been dealing with temperatures well below normal lately.
 That’s not entirely bad news, mind you. Especially if you know some people in North Dakota who had been fearing another round of spring flooding. The slow, gradual warm-up this spring is just what the climatologist ordered for the Red River.

Readers Viewpoint 4-6-2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 10:21 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:58 AM )

Position explained
To the editor:
 Last week I wrote a letter about the developments to the main street in the old Stambaugh. This was not to suggest that the city of Iron River had done anything wrong, but it was in frustration of the spending by governments, state and federal on projects, when both state and federal governments are billions in the red.