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Issue Date: October 21, 2020

Dear Editor:

Regarding the placement of a 911 tower on Aquila Resources' property:

After many years of working in opposition to the proposed Back Forty mine, I have discovered numerous untruths in promises made by Aquila Resources to Menominee County residents. I have realized that Aquila is here for only one reason: MONEY.

During these years, I have studied the techniques that mining companies use to embroider themselves into the local fabric of communities, and Aquila is a prime example"-throwing out monogrammed footballs at half-time during a Stephenson High School football game, paying for a "free" movie for children, and promising helicopter pads and medical services during a Menominee County Road Commission meeting in exchange for River Road. These are all ploys intended to gain public confidence and trust in Aquila Resources, while the ultimate goal is to operate their proposed metallic sulfide mine in Lake Township, which would leave Michigan taxpayers with the burden of attempted clean-up from Acid Mine Drainage that would exist for thousands of years.

Yes, there is a Menominee County Resolution on the books to stand in opposition to the proposed Back Forty mine. Therefore, BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. I don't believe it is wise for the County to get into bed with Aquila Resources, a Canadian company, for any business proposition. Aquila is a developmental company and would sell the entire operation to a viable mining company if the opportunity should arise. Where would your tower be then?

Even if this tower were built, there would continue to be ownership responsibility, management, and maintenance to be performed by the County. I would not like to see Menominee County taxpayers be indebted to a Canadian, foreign company. I urge you to keep the County Tower on County property in order to place control, management, and future maintenance in the hands of Menominee County taxpayers.

Respectfully submitted,

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.



Dear Editor:

Good persons on the Menominee County Board. 

I wanted to make a few comments about Aquila's offer for a "free" cell tower offered to Menominee County that would be located on what may be Aquils' mine site. I have been involved in three (3) contested case hearings with Aquila. Of those three (3) contested case hearings only one (1) has been decided and that hearing represented a Part 632 Permit that was amended while the hearing was in process. Those amendments required Aquila to add 902-pages and these changes changed the mine site so much EGLE determined these changes to be "significant"  and the Part 632 Permit is again being contested in a whole new case. So, Aquila does not have an approved mining permit and the hearing for this permit is still ongoing and likely will not be decided until at least June / July of 2021. 

 During two (2) these hearings approximately 9000-pages of witness testimony transcripts were generated. I personally submitted over six (6) large banker boxes of documents. In the past 3-years I spent over 52-days in hearings in a courtroom in Lansing. I have heard hundreds of hours of testimony from Aquila's paid consultants, the DEQ / EGLE and witnesses, including persons from EGLE, that state what Aquila tells the world is inaccurate and misleading.

 Based on all of this background I would be shocked if Menominee County accepted this offer. Why? There are many reasons including: if you put this tower on private lands that will supposedly have a gate around it with workers using dangerous equipment, explosives and using hundreds of thousands of tons of cyanide on land that will generate heavy metal contamination for as long as man lives on this planet - that doesn't speak well for the safety of the persons maintaining that tower nor does it allow 24 / 7 access if needed. And, does the County want all that lead and heavy metal dust on people / equipment should there be a need to go in / out of mine site? These are known toxins and carcinogens " how does the County address this issue and defend themselves from potential litigation from cancer and birth defects " as certainly some lawyer will see the spread of the contaminants from this web site as an opportunity to litigate the County?

 Heavy metals? Yes, those are BAD!  Aquila does not tell Menominee County that this mine will take BILLIONS of pounds of solid hard rock blasted from the ground that contains not just gold and zinc but real nasty heavy metals: lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. In addition mercury is present in both the rock and processing. This rock is crushed into a talcum powder consistency and then attacked with cyanide to get the gold out. Aquila's own analysis / tests prove the majority of waste rock is considered to be ACID-GENERATING. . Acid generation did occur during all of their testing and is more than a potential " it will occur. The deposit is estimated to be approximately 12.5-million tonnes and only about 3% of what would be mined would be saleable minerals. BUT, in order to get that 3% many billions of pounds of rock must be mined, crushed, then pulverized and finally processed using cyanide and other toxic chemicals. The left over 97% of non-saleable material, about 27,557,782,773 pounds (almost 28 billion pounds) of reactive rock containing large amounts of other elements including sulfides, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals will be dumped back into their giant hole which is only feet away from the Menominee River and it will pollute the groundwater. But in the meantime this talcum powder like material will go EVERYWHERE!

 When dealing with such a large number as this ore body is " 27.5-billion pounds of material a small or negligible amount may be one percent (0.001%)? That would mean 275,577-lbs. of liberated toxic particulates that could be deposited outside the mine site using a variable less than 1%. This is taken from Aquila's permit application: The area impacted would be much larger than what Aquila has told the community and in their testimony said: admitting the northern-most Shakey Lake, Spring Lake" could be impacted significantly". Aquila notes: "With constituents potentially liberated and entering the water ways, the water quality at those locations may be impacted significantly"

 Again, these toxic elements will be pulverized into a consistency equal to commercially sold talcum powder. For lead alone approximately 94-million pounds of lead will be pulverized on-site of which approximately 54-million pounds will remain. This amount does not include the tons and tons of cadmium, mercury, arsenic, bismuth, antimony, etc. also present. 

I ask that the board as a whole be made aware of these concerns based on fact and science. 

Most respectfully,

Tom Boerner



Dear Editor:

The election for the President of the United States is only weeks away. The life of the unborn child hangs in the balance of who will be our next president in this election. Human Life is the most important vote anyone can make. GOD created this life. Are you familiar with one of the Ten Commandments "Thou Shall Not Kill"? Do you realize that the child in the womb at only 16 weeks gestation is not "just a blob of tissue" this is based on what the scientific community knows today about the development of a baby at 16 weeks? The body is fully formed, the fingers and toes have fingerprints and nails. Is about 5 inches long and weighs about 3 ounces, about the size of a large avocado. The baby is moving about; may grasp for the umbilical cord, suck it's thumb and is capable of making facial expressions and kicking at the amniotic sac. The heart and circulatory system and the urinary tract are fully functioning, and the blood is pumping through these tiny veins. The baby is inhaling and exhaling the amniotic fluid through the lungs. The genitals have formed. In the case of a girl, the uterus has already developed and the ovaries are in the proper place. Abortion is a word but what it stands for is killing an innocent human being. It is hard to believe a baby growing in the womb at 39 weeks ready to be born can be legally killed. Your vote in this election can help save human life. Psalms: 139:13 You formed my inmost being: you knit me in my mother's womb. Jeremiah: 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. Scripture taken from The New American Bible and Life Application Study Bible.

Mary Ziemer

Coleman



Dear Editor:

On Oct. 10th, Amberg Post 428 had a flag retirement (burn) of which 117 flags were put to rest. I noticed at this event, something about myself. My body doesn't stand erect any longer, my salute isn't snappy as it once was, my hands are crippled with arthritis, so my fingers don't extend straight for a proper salute, but my love and respect for the flag will follow me to my final days.

If you don't like the flag or country, at least respect those who gave their lives and those who gave the early years of their lives to fight for the protection of your right to protest. Not to destroy, but to protest peacefully. If you can't, please exit and fine some place else where you will be comfortable living in freedom.

Thanks to all veterans and families who gave so much time and devotion to serve our country.

George Kloppenburg

Amberg



Dear Editor:

Opening the door to growth, the Menominee City Council voted to join the Menominee County Brownfield Authority.

Mention the word "growth," and you will receive a variety of reactions. Some folks will express fear, others' excitement, and others a disclaimer. These are natural reactions during regular times and expected during the past few months' uncertainties.

But what is growth? More specifically, what is the mindset of growth?

The internet defines mindset as a habitual mental attitude determining how one will interpret and respond to situations. Other words for growth include prospect, mental capacity, outlook. But the same-meaning name I like best is "betterment."

How do we, both individually and as a community, improve our hopes, dreams, and outlook to be better regarding the future of the #MyMarinetteMenominee community? How do we continue to build a vibrant community where our youth will want to stay? How do we build a community where their talents will be nurtured and thrive? How do we shape our minds to better open the doors for those seeking opportunities in the best interest of our local community?

Mindset is an integral part of community growth. How do we better shape our minds and grow them to seek opportunities in our best interests? It is easy to find fault, to focus on what we cannot change. But this mindset, this steering away from growth, is forgetting that we have the power to overcome most obstacles.

Our minds are powerful tools as we travel towards betterment. Ask any coach, ask any teacher. They inspire their players; they emphasize their positive traits and teach them how to correct their weaker areas. With hard work, positive coaching, and an open mindset, the goal is reached"growth as betterment.

Because the path to better is uphill, we are either moving forward or rolling back. Cultivate an open mindset to help overcome the fear which might accompany growth. Focus on choices reflecting quality. Do we work together to build this community and all it offers to make it a place where people choose to live, one where they decide to relocate here? Do we choose to love living here and create the type of culture people want to identify with and belong to?

Please watch for and support ideas for betterment that come from this Brownfield Economic Development tool.  As plans emerge, if you have questions, please discuss them with someone driving the effort. While we all see things differently, there is common ground to be cultivated.

Keith Killen

Marinette



Dear Editor:

WHY WOULD A LIBERATED WOMAN WANT TO BE A LIBERAL?

I clearly recall fighting for "women's lib" and our freedom, equality, equal recognition, equal pay because we did not like being subservient to men.

Today, many liberal, democratic women seem to want the government to step in and take control over their lives. They want the government to provide them with day care for their children; medical care; free social security and medicare, and free college for all - even illegal immigrants, all paid for with our tax dollars.

They don't seem to understand that nothing the government gives you is ever free. Every time you put the government in control of any aspect of your life, you are giving up an individual freedom, individual privacy rights and you become subservient to the will of the state.

Anyone who has done their research should be aware that the Democrat's agenda encompasses dangerous aspects of socialism.

Socialism is defined in Black's Law Dictionary as" (1) a system of society where there is no private property. Socialism is an upside-down system - instead of the government serving the people, like President Trump has done, the people serve the government. Though it promises equality and prosperity, socialism inevitably leads to misery and poverty; just as it has in Venezuela.

Joe Biden is a weak individual who will be dominated by liberal-minded politicians like "the Squad" (APD, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib) who want a massive overhaul of the U.S. economy including massive government control; adoption of the Green Deal; open borders and the abolishment of ICE. Of course they's all Muslim so they are used to being controlled.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

Frankly, I want less intrusion into my life by the government, not more.

Why would women want to go back in time and give up control over their lives again by becoming subservient to the government? Could someone please explain to me why a liberated woman would ever vote for such an extreme, liberal platform?

Joan Pansier



Dear President Trump

Thanks for being President,

For remaining faithful too,

For working hard to keep your promises,

To do the things you said you'd do.



May God forgive the people

Who slander you each day,

For Judgement Day is coming

And it's not that far away.



So continue to follow God's leading,

Continue to do what's right,

To bring America back to God,

His Land of Blessing and Delight.



So don't get discouraged,

Remain faithful and true,

For remember God's people

are all praying for you.

By Joyce Bedora



P.S. "Keep Looking Up" and

"Keep on Keeping On."





What A Friend

What a Friend I have in Jesus

For all my sins are washed away,

Even though I never saw Him

He was with me, all the way.

Oh, the times that I forgot Him

Yet He never turned a stray,

Just because He loved me so much

I am safely home to stay.

Written by

Roger John Schroeder


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