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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Issue Date: January 9, 2020

Letter to Editor:

"Settle down and focus on making your point"

I was raised in Duluth MN not far from the Iron ore docks.

Mom wouldn't like when the soot from the steam engines would get on her clean laundry on the outside line.

I was fortunate enough to have an older brother who would teach me many useful things. One of my hard lessons took place at the dinner table when he smiled at me, then kicked me under the table. "Why did you kick me?" was my response. When he calmly denied it, I became upset. The discussion escalated, he in control and I unreasonably out of control. The disagreement was settled by my parent's when they sent me to my room without dessert. He stayed at the table.

In those days the environment was not as much of a concern as it is today.

The mine will get all their permits and when they run low on money, they will just get more and they will move on towards opening operations.

One might be surprised to know how much of their stock (AQARF : US or AQA : TSX) is owned by local residents. One fellow told me he would have $1/4 Million when the price hits $1/share.

The fight to stop the mine is over, so why waste any more resources on lawsuits, signs, or newspaper ads trying to stop it.

The war to prevent pollution is not over! This will take a lot more effort and requires clearly identifying the concern,  research, creative thought, reasoning, questioning, gathering many points of view, and the reasoning behind those points of view. Just remember to stay focused on the point and keep yourself calm and under control and remember that in this league when you become unreasonable you are considered a person who can't reason and you lose your place at the table.

My hope is that those who have fought so valiantly to stop the mine will now focus their attention on finding a beneficial use for the waste rock. Remember when you find a use for toxic waste, it is no longer toxic waste.

If we are successful it will not only be beneficial here but globally as well.

Aquila's ever increasing professional staff is willing to work with you to address your concerns but you have to be civil and considerate. We will miss Jeff but he has more than earned his well deserved retirement.

Dale Andersen



Editor:

Merry Christmas, said the Aquila Resources radio ad. But the only thing they left us in their stocking is fool's gold. Let's not be the fool in their stocking. If allowed to dig their Back Forty Mine, Aquila would destroy the watershed with acid mine drainage " a byproduct of mineral extraction. Shakey Lakes " the crown jewel of Lake Township " would be one of the first casualties of the mine. This popular county park would be decimated by air, water and noise pollution. Acid mine drainage " similar to battery acid " would seep into wetlands and ruin downstream wells. Aquila's discharge would degrade the Menominee River and the bay of Green Bay. The effects on tourism in Menominee and Marinette counties would be devastating " far greater than the benefits of some short-term jobs. All for the sake of metals which should be recycled and re-purposed rather than extracted so close to the water supply for so many. Aquila, a foreign company, seeks an agreement with the Menominee County Road Commission. In order to have River Road abandoned at the mine site, Aquila would pay the road commission for mineral rights underneath the road. Put yourself in the shoes of residents near the mine site. Not only would they be subjected to air, noise and water pollution, but their through street, River Road, would become a cul de sac. And don't believe Aquila's propaganda that the proposed mine is a done deal. Aquila faces numerous hurdles, including legal battles, before ever digging its proposed 750-foot pit. Aquila told its clueless investors that it would meet minimal resistance in this area. But make no mistake " we won't stop the fight until they leave. They don't have social acceptance so they're trying to bribe their way into the community with money and shady under-the-table deals. Tell these morally bankrupt spin doctors to go back to Canada.

Jody Korch,

Town of Wagner

Dear Editor,

Elderly Services of Marinette County recently put together an intergenerational project with local elementary schools. Elementary students made Christmas cards that were delivered with a Christmas dinner meal for the Meals on Wheels participants. In total, there were five elementary schools that made over 600 Christmas cards! The five schools were Crivitz, Wausaukee, Coleman, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Marinette Elementary schools. We want to publicly thank those teachers and students for all their hard work. There were so many beautiful cards and caring words.

The seniors that received these Christmas cards truly appreciate all the hard work and effort put into the cards as well. Many of the elderly in Marinette County are very isolated and may only receive this one Christmas card this holiday season.

Sincerely,

Avery Steen,

Nutrition Coordinator



Editor:

Reward Yourself

Life, as we know it, requires water. Water is essential for all land, sky, and aquatic life. Sixty to 78% of our bodies are water, and we still need to drink it. We love water recreation too, and our tourism economy depends on it.

From fields and wells in Peshtigo, to Menominee's water supply we're already being poisoned with the PFAS "forever" toxins. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows PFAS cause problems: reproductive and developmental (think birth defects), liver, kidney, thyroid, immune system, high cholesterol, tumors, and cancer.  For everyone touched by these health effects, including suffering and death of loved ones, my heart goes out to you.  Others have seen their livelihood, property and water systems devalued.  My thoughts are with you too.  Alas, we cannot un-ring this bell.

What we can do is act to improve our current situation. Start with educating yourself on both water issues.  Reward yourself with knowledge. Reward neighbors and families with support and active protection from catastrophic contamination of our water. Attend our meetings.

Reward yourself: take action to prevent intentional poisoning of our water and recreation/tourism.

Something very simple you can do is call, send a letter, or e-mail ALL the local elected officials, on both sides of the River here, in Lansing and Madison, and in Washington, DC.  Simply say: "I want YOU to save the Menominee River and our groundwater from Acid Mine Drainage.  Since 100% of sulfide-mineral mines pollute, I want you to PREVENT the contamination by preventing the proposed "Back Forty Mine'".

(No! Following Michigan laws will NOT prevent this toxic pollution. Sulfide becomes sulfuric acid in contact with air or water.  If this mine operates, it WILL pollute.)

Michigan tax payers need to include: "We tax payers paid for River Road.  We tax payers DO NOT AGREE to give/sell/trade ANY part of it for the proposed mine.  We do not want any (sulfide) mining in our watershed."

Voters need to tell their elected officials: "My vote depends on you saving our watershed from the threat of mining. We elect people to represent us, not to poison us or sell us out." Say it and mean it. 

Your local librarian can help you find each name and contact information for your elected officials. You can find this simple, sample letter on the Save the Menominee River Face Book page to copy and send to the officials.  Include your name and zip code for your specific officials, so they see you can or won't vote for them.

When this is over, and we have Saved the Menominee River watershed, we can reward ourselves with celebrating in non-acid mine drainage poisoned water!

Natalie Lashmet,

Menominee, MI 


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