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From our readers

Issue Date: May 29, 2019

Tyco Fire Products LP

Letter to the Editor

Town of Wagner ATV Ordinance

Under the heading of "Its Not Worth the Paper It's Written On" comes the Town of Wagner ATV Ordinance. Speaking from experience, the Town of Stephenson started the same way " 25 MPH speed limit on the routes except for a 10 MPH limit within 150 feet of a residence or pedestrian, etc. Without enforcement, those rules lasted until the ATVs hit the road.

My neighbors and I experienced the evolution of the ATV traffic on Parkway Road in the Twin Bridge area. The first thing to go was the speed limit, followed by riding on the right side of the road, staying on the pavement, and operators younger than 16 years of age. After a short test period, during which the town board wanted to determine if the ATV riders liked the new ordinance (duh!), I asked one of the riders about the 10 MPH speed limit. He said, "Are you crazy, who's going to go that slow?"

That was followed by the town board dispensing with the 10 MPH limit and extending the 25 MPH limit to all roads. That was followed by Rep. Jeff Mursau claiming that 25 MPH was too slow for the riders to "fully enjoy" the experience and then raised the limit to 35 MPH. Now we have ATVs going down the road at 45-55 MPH with impunity.

You should also expect more roads to be added to the route map so that the riders can connect to other trails. Remember last year when the Marinette County board voted down a proposal to open the county roads to ATV traffic due to the danger it would create? Well, in February the Crivitz Police Chief petitioned the Stephenson Town Board to open 3.5 miles of Cty Hwy W west of the airport to ATVs, citing the need to provide a connecting route to other trails. Imagine, a string of ATVs moving along Hwy W at 35 MPH competing with traffic going 55 MPH. Town of Wagner, once the genie is out of the bottle, you'll never be able to put it back. Good luck.

Bob Kleba,

Town of Stephenson





Editor:

Is the Republican Party corrupting the rule of law?

I ask this question because it seems central to the decisions of Attorney General Barr, the actions of President Trump, and inaction of the Republican Party.

Looking at the actions of the Attorney General, it appears he is following the requests of the President to investigate members of his own Department who obtained legitimate actions vetted by the career people in the Department and approved by the Federals courts. Actions approved both by vetting by the Department and the Federal court system made these investigations legitimate law enforcement actions. Barr's investigations seem to me are the actions I would expect from a corrupt Administration and directly or indirectly encouraged by a corrupt party.

I also believe that there is grounds to investigate the President for serious federal law violations as noted in the Mueller Report, noted by 750 career prosecutors, the President's own behavior, and others who actually read the investigation reports so far. I further believe the idea that not working with both Congressional parties to pass laws and fund programs for the benefit of the American people is clear dereliction of duty that the Republican Senate is complicit in. The President's enriching himself and his family via using his properties to do government business is a violation of the Constitution with Republicans complicit in.

Gilbert Engel,

Niagara





Dear Editor:

In the article, "Water Issue Hot Topic at Town Board Meeting," a number of members of the community expressed concern about the Town of Peshtigo Board meeting on May 21. We share their concerns.

Tyco has a plan to connect residents in the Township of Peshtigo to a municipal water supply. We will pay for the construction costs. It is a long-term, safe and reliable solution for all Peshtigo residents in the well sampling area. Digging deeper wells does not make sense in this case. Not only would it require the digging of more than 160 wells, there is no guarantee that residents would have enough good water.

Separately, we want to set the record straight regarding Mr. Pottratz's comment at the end of the meeting. At no time has Tyco disposed of foam into the Peshtigo River. We have followed all laws and regulations regarding the proper disposal of our foam and we have taken action to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.

We would like to have the opportunity to discuss these matters at the next Board meeting and we are hopeful that our leaders in the community will help us ensure that residents have safe and reliable drinking water.

Jim Cox,

Sr. Manager, Marketing Communications


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