From Our ReadersIssue Date: July 11, 2019
Letter to the Editor:
Our communities were built for a population greater than what we have today. Our public assets are greater than our declining population can support. Therefore, we struggle to maintain what we have, and we miss out on the opportunity to make improvements for the future. As taxpayers, each of us absorbs the higher cost of this shortfall which has been nine decades in the making.
By rebuilding our population to what it was 100 years ago and being shrewd in how we do that, we can nearly double our economy in the next 20 years.
Why does this matter? You will see the effects right away. Making improvements like buying local first will create a thriving small businesses backdrop that will attract a variety of new shops. Thriving shops are what it takes to build our downtowns. Attractive downtowns create a greater sense of belonging for citizens. Retaining local talent creates a thriving community. That thriving community, in turn, attracts new talent. This allows local industries to flourish which expands our economy, and thus, creates a better place to live. And the cycle continues. There would be promoted job opportunities for you, and yours. This boost in earnings would make possible a new model for middle-class prosperity. Local entrepreneurs will flourish which provides jobs and expands the tapestry for a more connected community. The capacity for giving and supporting our volunteer organizations will rise dramatically. Our municipal budgets will be funded with enough to protect us and adequately maintain what we have. We will build a new model for our community without growing beyond the infrastructure we already have. We will do it in a way that will enrich our relationships and enhance our lives. This will yield a kinder, more manageable lifestyle where joy is within reach.
My Marinette Menominee's mission is to create a vibrant community attractive enough to rebuild our population and do it in a way that creates a quality economy. It is about a brighter future for our family, friends & neighbors. We want to be proud to see the growing promise of a brighter future for our children & grandchildren.
Now if I am wrong, wouldn't you prefer to fall short on the upside here? Do you choose to strive to double our economy, or to live with the chronic pain of continued significant shortfalls?
If this seems a little complex, all you need to remember, is you have the power to make this happen by choosing to Buy Local First
On behalf of the Citizens of Peshtigo, I would like to thank Kathy & Todd Crabtree, family and friends for taking the time to make July 4th special for the city. The morning of July 4th residents woke to see an American flag located in their front yards placed by the Crabtree's and crew. I talked with crew leader Kathy and she informed me they were out half the night to get this huge task of every residence having a flag.
Driving through the city seeing all the flags gave me a feeling of unity and pride for our community that we are celebrating our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty, The Declaration of Independence.
The City of Peshtigo is extremely proud of our veterans and individuals currently serving as we honor them on banners as we drive our city streets. Independence Day serves as a reminder that our freedom is due to their service and sacrifices of the men and women of the Armed Forces. They should always be in our thoughts and prayers. You may want to keep that flag and put it on our lawn for special holidays.
Letter to Editor:
While sitting at my desk this 4th of July, I wonder how and why we, in the United States of America, in particular both the individual States of Wisconsin and Michigan, have slid back so far as to even give thought to Canada, a former counter-part of the British United Kingdom, invade our borders and threaten our freedoms including fear of having our water and air resources destroyed, not with bombs or bullets but with more devastating materials such as lead, sulfuric acid, cyanide and other extremely hazardous toxic chemicals.
Michigan permit people are ignoring the most obvious threat to the entire area, including the land, people, further habitation of miles of prime recreational area, the hundreds of square miles of the "areas' water shed, Shaky Lakes and Shaky Lakes Park, the Shaky River tributary, the entire Menominee river, the Menominee River Basin, the Bay of Green bay and Lake Michigan itself where the entire midwest population get their drinking water. Aquila's "irresponsible' engineering practices including the tailings dam they selected, showed to the Eagle Harold readers in a full page ad a few weeks ago which has already proven to be a complete failure and determined by the Country of Brazil to be a disaster for people within thousands of square miles of inhabited property. Common sense, in my opinion should condemn any further consideration of a mining permits allowing massive sulfide volcanic ore mining and minerals processing at this or any Michigan site by anyone.
In my opinion, this is about as logical as the entire MDEQ Department, now renamed and reorganized as the Michigan Department of Environmental Great Lakes and Energy shortened to "EGLE" seeking to book passage on the titanic!!
What the hell Lansing people are we too proud to learn from mistakes of others? Or are we too stupid or are paid too much by irresponsible special interests to follow the will and best interests of the people? This comment is not made exclusively for Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) or John Nygren (R-Marinette) but the entire current political system of "party line' only politics and if permitted to continue without current very obvious necessary corrections can be nothing but lead to dividing the country simultaneously into several different disastrous directions.
William G. Boerner,
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