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Issue Date: June 14, 2018

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, we wish to extend our appreciation to the community for supporting our veterans during National Poppy Days which was held May 17-19 in the City of Menominee. The American Legion Family uses this symbolic flower which are made by hospitalized, and disabled veterans as a form of rehabilitation to honor and support veterans.

In 2017, ALA members throughout the U.S. distributed nearly 6 million poppies, or poppy items and raised almost $4 million in donations that went directly to help veterans, military, and their families in need. In addition, area veterans have access to the following:DAV (Disabled American Veterans - transportation), D. J. Jacobetti Veterans Home, Marquette, Michigan, Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center, Iron Mountain, Michigan, U. P. Honor Flight program, and Wilwin at Cygnet Cove (Veterans Rehabilitation Center).

A sincere appreciation is extended to Eagle Herald, Menominee County Journal, and Peshtigo Times for publishing media News Releases informing the community of Poppy Days, and of the American Legion organization with its events and programs. Lastly, Jack's Fresh Market, and Kmart in providing the location settings for poppy distribution, and our volunteers within the DAV, and Post 146 Family which includes ALA, Legionnaires, and Sons of American Legion for making this event successful.

Thank you for supporting the ALA Poppy program, and to honor the fallen, and support the living veterans.

Evie Koutnik

Jane Raygo

Poppy chairpersons,

Menominee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146



Letter to Editor:

Regarding Aquila's Wetland Permit

I'd like to explain what Aquila Resources doesn't want anyone to know, even though they're constantly telling everyone they are a "transparent" company. First, this so-called company hasn't generated a penny in over 16 years. They now "have" four permits, but each one is only "conditional." They are all useless, because Aquila has not met the conditions of any of these permits. The wetlands permit alone has 30 pages of conditions that need to be met before mining could begin, but Aquila isn't about to tell anyone that (Is this "transparency?"). Then there are the conditions of the other three permits that they have had for years and have not been able to meet.

Recently, an Eagle Herald article said that a "Spokesperson" for Aquila stated that they would commence preconstruction activities, including a feasibility study, immediately. "Interesting, because C.E.O. Barry Hildred told a group in August 2016 that the feasibility study would be completed by the end of 2016!) The spokesperson also commended all leaders and regulators who were involved in this effort. "Transparency?" I'll also point out the corrupt politicians who helped push this through, using underhanded means: Senator Tom Casperson (MI) drafted and pushed through six mining deregulations bills in as many weeks, under the radar. We, his constituents, had no idea what was in those bills; yet, we are the overwhelming majority who oppose this mine. My guess? Casperson and Son Log Trucking Co. was his reason, because he is termed out as of November; and I'm quite sure he's looking forward to hauling logs from a mine site. Then there's Beau LaFave. We have asked him to stand with us for well over a year and have gotten nothing. It's his job to listen to us, his constituents. When Mr. LaFave heard of the wetlands permit, he had the audacity to post on his page"playing off President Trump"that "We're going to build a mine, and Canada's going to pay for it..." Really, Beau? People, remember him in November!

Those of you in Wisconsin have Senator Tom Tiffany, who repealed the "Prove It First" law that kept your state safe from sulfide mines for 20 years. Even though 71 of Wisconsin's 72 counties did not want this law repealed, Senator Tiffany die, and it was done. I was present at both of Tiffany's hearings. At one of them, he had approximately 15 people from all over the U.S. and Canada who were "plants" supporting his bill; they were not his constituents. By his own admission, he said he conspired with Aquila Resources to draft his bill. In my opinion, Senator Tom Tiffany is a criminal.

This Company now wants to go full bore? With all the "conditions" they will have to meet, they're going to have to go 100 miles per hour just to get to "Zero"!!

Scott Lindquist,

Menominee



Dear Editor:

What a mess Marinette County is in.  Sadly many of the issues are serious and will cost the tax payers money, win or lose.  I don't think the county administrator, corporate council, sheriff and district attorney are qualified to be much help.  One could argue they contributed to these problems. If the county was operated like a real business people would be fired I suspect.

 Being sued in a Federal Court for a death in the jail is very bad.  Publicity like this won't help our county at all.  A friend of mine spent some time in the county jail recently, he too was denied his prescription medications while in jail even though the jail had his filled prescriptions in their hands from the start.  One of which is the same medication the guy that died was supposed to be taking and was denied.  Scary?  The policies at the jail seem to need changing don't you think?

 The Cross Roads crisis is almost unbelievable.  I'm wonder what the contract the county has with them says about early terminations?  Odd that there is no mention of this so should one assume that Marinette County's Corporate Council wrote or agreed to a poor contract?  The tax payers stand to pay a lot to solve this sudden problem.  Hastily buying the facility at any price does not solve the problem at all does it?

 The jail's (replaced 15 years ago) current estimated costs to repurpose are almost $2.3 million dollars. There is not a tenant for the space lined up.  If any user needs parking spaces the area's parking will become more of a problem than it already is.  For the past 15 years the county tax payers have been paying the bills for the utilities and maintenance of the under-utilized building.  Why?

 The new district attorney still has a 400+ case backlog.  She hired inexperienced attorneys and says she has to train them.  I think the jail won't be crowded soon as new graduate attorneys are not likely to move quickly or win cases.  So much for a speedy trial.  Does anyone think this was the best way to solve the backlog?

 The county board got conned into eliminating the elected corner position.  No one knows if it will save money or cost more. Will it be better?  It did not seem to be broken in the past.  Many Wisconsin counties have stayed with a county corner.  Don't you wonder why it was done?

 We can change some of the problems by voting.  In the November election the sheriff can be replaced with a fellow that seems better qualified.  You have plenty of time to check the next one out.

Pete Pfankuch



Editor:

I just came back from Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo and observed Mr. Eugene Frank powerwashing the statues, benches, and walkway, which were badly needed. He regretted that he did not know it was as bad as it was and would have done it before the Memorial Day Service. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks for what he did. It looks beautiful.

Helen Thibodeau,

Peshtigo



To the Editor:

"Wildflowers in the Sky"



Empty dreams grown in stone,

Will they ever find a home?

For the soldiers who have died,

Wildflowers in the sky.



Gave their lives for us all,

Names and memories on a wall,

Painful teardrops in one daughter's eyes,

Wildflowers in the Sky.



Flies a dove high above,

For a child without her daddy's love,

Why did he have to die?

Windflowers in the sky.



Questions still the grownup child,

Dog tag numbers in her secret file,

Snow white clouds passing by,

Wildflowers in the sky.



Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee


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