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Readers Viewpoint 6-22-2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:10 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:26 AM )

No water for flowers
To the editor:
 The Alpha Crystal Falls Amasa civic group (formerly the Crystal Falls Kiwanis Club) has purchased flowers (aided by a few local donations), planted and maintained 37 urns and several hanging baskets at the Crystal Falls City Cemetery.

Readers Viewpoint 6-15-2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:04 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:10 PM )

Overwhelming success
To the editor:
 The Iron County Museum and the members of the Museum Artists Group would like to thank those who assisted in making the Starving Artists Memorial Weekend Show and Sale an overwhelming success.
 Well over 200 people attended to view the work of nearly 20 artists, tour the Museum, view the visiting exhibition from Northern Michigan entitled Stories from the Woods and also see the new paintings and prints at the Lee LeBlanc Gallery that are for sale.

Back in the ‘saddle’
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:02 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:11 PM )

A bicycle saddle, that is. A newly paved bicycle path in Crystal Falls Township, part of the Heritage Trail network has been completed, and organization members and township officials are planning a “grand opening” June 16.
 The Apple Blossom Trail now extends from Fourth Avenue in Iron River to Old Caspian. It all points to excellent opportunities to get on a bike and enjoy all the benefits of cycling.

Readers Viewpoint 6-8-2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:02 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:04 AM )

Community deserves the band
To the editor:
 The West Side Veterans Council is a volunteer group of local veterans who volunteer their time without compensation to organize three major events in Iron River every year. The Memorial Day parade, the 4th of July parade and the 4th of July fireworks display. The cost of these events is about $7,000-$8,000 for the cost of fireworks and $500-$800 for float prizes in the 4th of July parade. These funds are raised every year through solicitation.

Just one vote
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:00 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:02 AM )

Before too much more time runs away, we hope you have thought about the final recount totals from the May 3 election in Iron County.
 The recount took place late in May, and the final, official totals showed that Forest Park’s measure to extend its bonding for one year lost by a single vote. (It was originally called a tie—one more “no” vote was found during the recount.)

Readers Viewpoint 6-1-2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:04 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:01 AM )
Editorial 6-1-2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:03 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:00 AM )

Keep it safe this summer
It hasn’t been much of a spring, but most of us are willing to take the miserable weather in exchange for what’s happening in other parts of the country.
     Yes, we’ve seen a few touch-downs of tornadoes here in Iron County and there’s even been a few flood watches over the years. Basically, we here have been blessed with weather that we can just gripe and complain about. We haven’t had to evacuate our homes en masse to safeguard our lives.
     But, as we are all aware, we live in the middle of some of the most beautiful scenic areas found on this planet and that, of course, includes the great Northwoods that surrounds us.

Readers Viewpoint 5-25-2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:04 AM )
Congratulations grads
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:58 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:03 AM )

This Sunday, the West Iron County and Forest Park communities will recognize, honor and send off the class of 2011. We hope the weather will be great, and the parties a blast.
 We hope the best for our grads. Stay safe, have a good time, cherish the memories you have of your school days.
 It’s amazing we’re more than a decade into the 21st century. The future that many of us envisioned when we were high school graduates is here, for better or worse. Reading science fiction novels “way back” in the 1960s and 70s, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to picture micro electronics, computer chips and instant communications. Heck, even Dick Tracy went from having a two-way wrist radio to a two-way wrist TV by then, and used atomic laser beams to fight crime.

Readers Viewpoint 5-18-2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:42 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:59 PM )

Rummage sale successful
To the editor:
 A most sincere thank you to each and every person who participated in Iron County’s spring rummage fundraiser. It was very successful. One hundred percent of all proceeds will be used to upgrade museum exhibits.
 We were most fortunate in having so many people coming in almost daily to donate large and small items of rummage. This steady supply of “new stuff” made it possible for shoppers to always find another treasure or two. Thank you to donors and shoppers alike.

Which bone next?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 9:41 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:58 PM )

 Politicians are wonderful, aren’t they? Two of the things we enjoy the most are the consistent messages they send and the priorities they set.
 Take education.
 In the manic atmosphere of budget-slashing taking place in both Washington and Lansing, education has been a prime target. In Michigan, aid to local schools has taken hit after hit after hit over the last decade or so.
 Local school districts that have had to repeatedly cut back their budgets are being told to cut more. But after the fat has been rendered out and the muscle sliced away, you are left with bones. Which bone shall we slice away next?