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Issue Date: January 17, 2020

Letter to the Editor:

The Dec. 23 Menominee Board of Commissioners Meeting at Stephenson Annex included a presentation by Aquila Resources about their letter of transparency to the public on a drilling exercise. Was the public also aware that Aquila had constructed a makeshift processing plant on the mine site, to process core samples? Well, they did. Pictures and information were given to EGLE Council, and they in turn had Aquila dismantle and remove it. The big question is: What did they DO with the open tank full of mine drainage, the tailings that were in an open pile on the ground, and all the chemicals that were there? Did they have permits to do any of this, or to even have Cyanide and other lethal chemicals for processing on the site? Where is a copy of the public letter of transparency on THIS? Now with all the rain and runoff, did a "non-transparent" dump of this poison just get dispersed into the River, or was it dumped down the open wells so the water would test positive before the mine would open, so as to relieve liability down the road? Where are the fines issued by our DNR and other government offices for this blatant offense? If we did any of this, we would be locked up! Don't believe one word Aquila Resources feeds the community. It's all as transparent as a pile of steaming manure! They will lie about anything. We will remain vigilant until they are run out of Michigan and hopefully the U.S.A.

Elaine Mayer

W5331 G-12

Stephenson, MI 49887



Letter to Editor:

Endorsement of Peter Noppenberg for Marinette Municipal Judge

I have known Peter Noppenberg for several years following my relocation to this area. He helped me feel welcome in a new community.

I initially worked with Mr. Noppenberg in the Marinette/Menominee Jail Outreach program. He has contributed his time and financial resources to this process and also to our nonprofit efforts in Menominee.

Peter Noppenberg is currently an elected member of the Marinette City Council. His experience in this capacity would help him regarding the duties and responsibilities of a municipal court judge.

If I was a resident of the City of Marinette, I would vote for Peter Noppenberg for municipal court judge. I encourage the citizens of Marinette to do the same.

Pastor Dave Pennell

Abundant Life Church and Missions

1406 10th Ave.,

Menominee, MI 49858



Dear Editor,

So once again the Marinette County Sheriff and one of his handpicked yes men think the area needs an armored vehicle.  Last thing we heard was that the City of Marinette was going to purchase the assault vehicle the sheriff has been trying to obtain now for seven years or so.  For some reason the City of Marinette did not purchase one that the county also planned to use.  I wonder why?  None of the many county administrators and county boards over the years fell for this "need" of the sheriff's department either. If it is so badly "needed" why don't they figure out how to do it within the very large yearly budget that the County Sheriff has?  Maybe set aside some money every year until they have the necessary funds like local fire departments do for new vehicles?  Or how about fundraisers like they have had for K-9 Units? 

 The yearly cost of operation and maintenance of an expensive special purpose well used (which they call "refurbished") vehicle won't be cheap. There has been no mention of a warranty.  At least with a new more expensive one the taxpayers would have a warranty if we truly "needed" the equipment.  Where will the yearly money for operation and maintenance come from?  Where will the money for training of all the operators come from? Nothing in the sheriff's latest budget specifically for this either I suspect.

 You may recall the sheriff has added a couple recreation officers. The special equipment they need does not come cheaply, it can have high maintenance costs and the specialty equipment all wears out quickly. I have not seen in the papers any increase in recreational fines and such. Why is this?

   Once again another attempted snow job by the elected sheriff and his workers.  There are many things the county needs a lot more don't you think?  I feel that cameras in all the squads and body cameras on all the officers are needed long before a tank. What do you think?

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch

Marinette County

 Editor:

We've got trouble in River Cities

Hail the hundreds of letter writers who have challenged the insanity of digging a gold mine on the shore of our Menominee River. This project would benefit the few temporarily, and cause permanent damage to millions of living creatures: plants of the water and land, fish, denizens of the forest and YOU and I. Will we really ignore the delicate balance of our mostly healthy sustainable ecology and turn our living space into a wasteland of acidic soil and water?

All writers have been clearly well-informed and unanimous on how the mine will horribly effect the environment. However, one ingredient of the topic has seemed to be overlooked. POLITICS. There is one party (R) that denies climate change and is dismantling the EPA (a Nixon (R) administration creation), at the National and State level.

There is a political party (D) that fights to protect environmental degradation. Both of our counties that border will suffer the certainty of consequences, both counties voted (R) in the recent elections. Menominee as of recent, Marinette for decades. I realize many factors influence an (R) or (D) vote, but is there any issue that trumps species survival? If not for ourselves but for posterity.

Floyd LeBouton

Menominee, MI



Editor:

Preserve Medicare Advantage.

As a senior that has had Medicare Advantage for years, I'm happy to see that it's one of the few issues not getting caught up in the endless partisan battles taking place in Washington. A huge majority of seniors like me love our Medicare Advantage plan, so it's no wonder politicians from both sides of the aisle have united behind this important program that provides healthcare coverage to us.

 Medicare Advantage offers me more choices than traditional Medicare. As an affordable option for vision, dental, fitness programs and preventative care, in addition to covering things like doctor and hospital visits, Medicare Advantage allows me to focus on staying healthy. My Advantage plan also ensures that fixed income seniors like me have an out-of-pocket max, so we can budget for our healthcare.

 As the campaign season heats up, I hope members of Congress will continue to focus their partisan arguments on other issues and continue to back this important healthcare option for us seniors.

Thank you.

Gerald Wrench,

Marinette


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