From Our ReadersIssue Date: September 5, 2019
My brother-in-law and I took our first long ride (163 miles) on the ATV/UTV Marinette County connection routes, town roads, forest roads and trails on a weekday. We don't snowmobile as much as we used to so ATV/UTVs being more of a warmer weather "sport" attracted us. Marinette County's newest map (2019-2020) is hard to read/follow. Combining Marinette County Waterfalls, ATV/UTV & Snowmobiles all on one map may be cheaper to print but it does not work real well.
Staying on the pavement with ATV/UTVs which is what all the governing bodies want is difficult and not very safe as a person unfamiliar to the trail system has to look at the information packed map often. How does one not pull off onto the shoulder or into a driveway to read the map? Most of the Town Roads are open to ATV/UTV's unless they are marked otherwise while the Marinette County Connection Routes have to be marked. This alone makes for plenty of confusion. So it seems to be easy to go down a county road that is not open to ATV/UTVs as many town roads cross county roads and state highways which are not typically marked well at the intersections. I don't know how many times we had to stop and look at the map at intersections. Snowmobile trails are much easier to follow.
The speed limit also varies between the Town Roads and the County Connection Routes. We encountered many motor vehicles that were all in a hurry to pass us. Having the ATV/UTV speed limits match the vehicle speed limits would seem more logical to me. Sadly most of the County Parks and Waterfalls are closed to ATV/UTV's which seems odd. Why would a county that wants more tourism not have the County Parks and Waterfalls paved surfaces all open to ATV/UTVs?
Remember Marinette County Waterfalls, ATV/UTV and Snowmobiles are all on the same current map. There is plenty of room for improvement on the trail markings and map. Marinette County does have a ATV/UTV camp ground. I'd be willing to bet that no one on the Marinette County Board has been on an ATV or UTV on the Marinette County connection routes, town roads, forest roads or trails. I know the County Administrator and County Board Chairman have not been as I asked them both. Isn't it hard to lead or make rules when you don't know from some experience?
I have tried to access the Marinette County Tourism Website for updates and information. It needs work and current information updates very badly. How much is the County paying the City of Marinette for tourism promotion? I don't think Marinette County tax payers are benefitting from this relationship or getting our money's worth.
To The Editor
"Memories of Summer"
We loved summer for what it was,
The memories, the dreams we had,
The brook trout in the stream,
The crickets chirping, the games we played,
The frogs in the puddles,
The scene of lilacs, the thunder approaching,
The wild strawberries in the pasture,
The brown eyed susans, the raindrops falling,
The bumblebees buzzing on the rose,The trees we climbed, the fireflies flickering,
The mallards on the lake,
The fawns in the field, the dragonflies hovering,
The butterflies landing on our arms,
The races we had, the rainbows in the sky,
The barn swallow nests under the eaves of the barn,
The sun rising, the sun setting,
The kittens we found in the hayloft,
The juneberries we ate, the grass snakes we caught,
The shooting stars in the night,
It has stayed inside us all our lives,
For we loved summer for what it was.
Congratulations to the Coleman-Pound residents on the marvelous learning environment built this past 6 months by Miron Construction. Under the leadership of District Administrator Doug Polomis and School Board President Ryan Wendt, they have built a facility second to none.
To the skeptics and doubters, take a tour of the school and see what the progressives have done to renovate a building nearing 50 years old. I look forward to the second phase of construction with the high school this upcoming year, and I compliment the school board and administration for a job well done!
Aquila Resources' latest attempt to brainwash area residents is corrupted by greed and dilusion. The Canadian company is in the midst of a bogus propaganda campaign designed to convince everyone that it will begin mining at the Back Forty site next year. This is an attempt to appease the company's investors, who have grown impatient with Aquila's plummeting stock value and lack of return on investment. In fact, numerous hurdles block Aquila's mining plans.
In an effort to clear some of these hurdles, Aquila has resorted to writing a "local agreement," which is being offered to Menominee County, the City of Stephenson, Lake, Holmes and Daggett Township, and the Village of Daggett. This proposal is Aquila's attempt to circumvent local zoning laws. The agreement tries to lure local units of government with the possibility of securing grant funds for perks such as recreational trails and a summer lunch program.
These amenities would pale in comparison to the mine's detrimental impact. There is no denying that open-pit sulfide mines pollute. If signed, the local agreement would include community non-opposition/support obligations. The local governments would agree not to oppose the mine. This amounts to, in the words of UW-La Crosse emeritus professor Al Gedicks, "legalized bribery."
Aquila has been trying to secretly ram this local agreement through by holding 1 on 1 meetings with members of township boards. How do you build public confidence that way? In a press release sent to the Detroit Free Press, Aquila stated that it "believes in the value of public input and participation, and strongly supports processes that encourage engagement with stakeholders." In fact, Aquila has consistently avoided public participation because the overwhelming majority of area residents oppose the proposed mine. And shame on the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, which continues to take a neutral stand on a mine, which if allowed, would be disastrous to the community. It's time for local businesses to help themselves by taking a stand in opposition to the mine.
Town of Wagner
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