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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

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.