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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:42 PM

That’s what we’re asking our readers.
      As our front page article says, we’re inviting our readers to make their views known about items they read in The Reporter’s top news stories.
     We’re still going to use our letters to the editor format, what you’re familiar with as Readers’ Viewpoint. This new addition simply takes the viewpoint to a different level.
     Under our new comment format, readers are, again, invited to send in their comments, which will be limited to “50 words or less.”
     This brevity of words, like a Twitter comment, gives us the opportunity to publish as many as we can regarding the previous week’s news stories.
     Your name will be kept confidential, so you can use a personal “tag” name, much as you see on Internet blog sites.
       However, because of liability concerns, etc., we need to have you include your full  name, address and telephone number, which will not be printed with your comment, just your personal tag name, which you include.
    Any comment we receive that does not identify the author, will not be published.
     Your comments can be emailed to: news@ironcountyreporter.com.
     Why are we doing this? Easy, we are an information generation, regardless of how old we are, or how young.
     We have opinions and sometimes we feel left out of the loop. We can’t always make a municipal meeting, where decisions are made that may have a significant impact on our lives.
     With that said, please be sure to note, we are not asking solely for “nasty” comments. If your municipal board… county, township, city… is doing something in your area that you think is “marvelous,” please send in those comments as well.
     Your elected officials need to know when they are “spot on” a topic, just as much as they need to know when they’ve totally missed the mark.
     And, there’s no reason you can’t comment on whether or not you like our new comment segment.
 Got a comment? Let us know.
--Allyce Westphal

Readers Viewpoint 8-29-2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 04, 2012 1:33 PM )

Girl Scouts say ‘thanks’
To the editor:
 Thank you to the many volunteers and businesses that made our Girl Scout overnight at the Iron County Museum a success. The weather was beautiful and the atmosphere was great amongst our sister scouts.
 About 30 people attended our "First Annual Girl Scout Overnight."

Readers Viewpoint 8-22-2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:42 PM )

My concerns
To the editor:
 I am a resident of the city and would like to express my concerns regarding the proposed building location of a retail development in the city of Crystal Falls.
 After reviewing the Retail Site Development preliminary plan that was dated June 2, 2012, I feel some issues need to be addressed if this development is going to proceed.

Spread the word Where did summer go?
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:33 PM

 We seem to ask that question every year. Maybe that’s because summer is so packed with activities, we’re always trying to catch up, there is so much going on, the weather’s so nice, we always have someplace to go, something to do …

Readers Viewpoint 8-15-2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:02 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:35 PM )

Generosity appreciated
To the editor:
 I am writing to thank everyone for the cards and people who attended my cancer benefit.

It’s ‘Fair’ time in Iron County
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:01 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:35 PM )

Round up the kids, pack up the car and head on over to the Iron County Fairgrounds – the 121st annual Iron County Fair is gearing up for another rip-roaring good time for Iron County residents and visitors of all ages.
 After 121 years, you know the Fair Board is doing something right, and part of its success is providing some good old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
 Like any major event we’ve had in the county, there are a lot of unsung heroes and volunteers who spend many sleepless nights making sure that Fair time in Iron County is one of the best planned events on the county’s roster of places to be this summer.

Why do we have to pay?
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:01 PM )

We know life isn’t fair, and gas/fuel prices are among the most seemingly unfair aspects of life—but why are we “paying the price” during this recent spike?
 According to gasbuddy.com, refinery blips and a pipeline rupture set the prices soaring, prompting Gov. Rick Snyder to place the Upper Peninsula under a fuel emergency, allowing fuel delivery trucks wider operating hours.

Readers Viewpoint 8-8-2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:47 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:02 PM )

‘Obamacare not the answer’
To the editor:
 In response to an editorial in the Reporter on July 11, 2012:
 Obamacare only gives one false hope. It supports and promotes a broken health care system. This system does not promote health and should be relabeled the “Sick Management” system.

Readers Viewpoint 8-1-2012
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:47 PM )

Franzene endorsed
To the editor:
 The Iron County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is pleased to announce the endorsement of Punner Franzene for the office of Iron County treasurer.

Get out and vote
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:59 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:48 PM )

 This is our customary reminder that the election takes place next Tuesday, Aug. 7, and that all of us ought to take advantage of our chance to voice our choice at the ballot box.
 Really, our opinions do make a difference. County voters will decide a number of township races, several county offices and seats on the County Board. With no Republicans filing in county races, the results of next week’s Democratic primary decides who holds these offices for the next two or four years.

A good time for all
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:59 PM )

If you weren’t at the Windsor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18, you probably could hear the shouting and cheering from just about any corner in town.
 “Always… Patsy Cline” just about brought down the house, and to say it was “a good time for all” would be an understatement.
 The two stars, imported for the occasion by the Friends of Camp Batawagama – Maggy Norden (as Patsy) and Gail Westerfield (as Louise) -- wowed the capacity filled auditorium at Windsor.