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Dead of winter
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:30 PM )

 Doggone it! It seems that winter didn’t forget about us after all. Last week was downright frigid. This week started out downright white. Plenty of snow for everybody.
 For the snowmobilers and skiers and snowshoers and ice anglers and the legion of snowplow pilots among us, not to mention those local merchants who serve visiting winter vacationers, it’s certainly a welcome sight.

Readers Viewpoint 1-18-2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:37 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM )

Different programs
To the editor:
 The Iron County Authority on Aging would like to inform everyone in Iron County that we have two different agencies here to help the public.
 First, we have Lifeline. This is to help the elderly who stay at home, who need some help in case they become sick, fall or injured. These people probably live alone and are still capable of caring for themselves. This organization is being managed by NorthStar Hospital.

Road worn and weary
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 24, 2012 2:48 PM )

You don’t have to drive far around the area to know that our streets, road ways and highways could use some serious attention.
 Every spring we lament the sad conditions of our roads as they shed their icy coatings of snow, ice, salt and sand, cracking in many places from the thawing of the frost underneath.
 If there is any joy to this annual tradition, it is knowing that ensuing potholes will be small enough not to engorge the entire car, hopefully.
 You also don’t have to speculate very long to known that your stretch of road probably won’t be on any municipality’s priority list.

Readers Viewpoint 1-11-2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:43 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:37 PM )

Land donation wanted
To the editor:
 For some 50 years, there has been talk of a U.P. Michigan Veterans National Memorial Cemetery. On Sept. 18, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 15th District fall Meeting in South Range, a resolution was passed to work on acquiring a National Memorial Veterans Cemetery in the Upper Peninsula.
 There are 55,000 veterans in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. They are under the care of the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain. The Republic or Sagola area would be central to the area.

What did you say?
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 2:42 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:36 PM )

Working at a newspaper, we tend to be appropriately interested in, well, words. So it’s always a treat when Lake Superior State University comes out with its annual list of banished words for 2012; words or phrases that are overused, abused or just plain silly or meaningless.
 I’m still wrestling with “iconic,” which was on the list in 2009. It still hasn’t been effectively banished, as it still burdens people, places and things as a misused, overused adjective.