From our readersIssue Date: November 2, 2016
Oct. 23rd thru Oct. 29th was National Lead Poisoning Awareness Week. I thought it would be a good time to send comments to the Michigan DEQ concerning Aquila Resources Inc.'s pending air and water discharge permit. I pulled out a pile of news articles, comments and letters from the past few years to review and pose questions to the DEQ. But after reading a number of conflicting statement, corrections, and the general spin given to the information, I was dizzy! Statements made by Aquila representatives at recent public meetings and events further confused me. Statements like there will be only "five or six' trucks a day coming to and from the mine during operation...there will be "no noise or lights' at the mine site...and all the cyanide at the site (whether it is twenty tons or five tons) will be "cleaned' and "disappear'. Then I saw a video being circulated of Aquila CEO Barry Hildred addressing an investor group. He was asked by a member of the audience about the "Social Acceptability" of the project and if there was any local opposition to it. Mr. Hildred stated the opposition was "low' and' not well funded'. He also stated that Menominee County was an "economically depressed' area and went on to say that the Empire Mine in the Marquette area will be laying off hundreds of worker and they could be brought in to provide a workforce. It seems to me that Aquila is telling the DEQ permitting process one thing, their investors another thing, and the residents of Menominee County still another. It also appears that the DEQ may be approaching this permit decision with the same blinders they were wearing during the lead up to the Flint water crisis. And speaking of water...it is cloudy at best. Aquila is professing the old industry mantra that "Dilution is the Solution to Pollution"! That is, if you can get the parts per million or trillion of toxins you release down to a certain level everything will be okay. The paper mills tried that approach with the release of PCB's and mercury. I am sure Ansul Chemical was hoping dilution would help their arsenic leeching as well. Millions of dollars and many years later we are just getting a handle on that mess at the mouth of the Menominee River.
It was recently announced that the Federal EPA was going to take a closer look at the permits to pollute being granted by the Wisconsin DNR in regard to manure run off that is causing major problems in that State. It is time to get the EPA more involved in Michigan as well. Please take a minute to write a letter (or even just a post card) to the EPA asking them to become proactive in regard to water quality issues in Michigan. Ask them to order a complete Environmental Impact Study of this project to make sure the DEQ is doing the best job possible protecting the world's largest supply of fresh water. The address is: US EPA Region 5 - Water Quality Standards Division, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Bldg., 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL 606604-3590. Please help save the Beautiful Menominee River! Thank you.
I received a telephone call from the American Veterans Association. My call came from 313-346-1491 on my cell phone. According to the internet, this Association is listed as a scam.
I don't know if they are calling veterans only or everyone, but please tell your readers not to contribute to this organization. Contribute to local veteran organizations only or to veteran organizations that you are familiar with.
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The members of American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, would like to extend a sincere appreciation to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The American Legion Auxiliary recognizes veterans for having a sense of duty, and courage when they answered the call to serve, and protect their country's freedom, and security. We encourage everyone to extend a thank you to a veteran on November 11, Veteran's Day for protecting this great country - The United States of America.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of the nation's veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. The members volunteer millions of hours yearly at a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world's largest women's patriotic organization, members volunteer across the country, and step up to honor veterans, and military through annual scholarships, and by supporting the Girls State program, as this program educates high school juniors become leaders grounded in patriotism, and Americanism. If anyone is interested in learning more about the American Legion Auxiliary, and its mission, or to join, contact ALAforVeterans.org website.
In addition, ALA Unit 146 supports the Wreaths across America program. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Veterans' Memorial section at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, and approximately 250 Christmas wreaths will be placed to honor, and remember fallen heroes who served, and sacrificed as veterans to preserve America's freedom. The public is invited to attend and view this display, as it represents the national Wreaths across America, and similar placement is held at the Arlington Cemetery.
Public Relations chairman
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146
On Oct. 5, your lead article was the story, " Kadie Menor Honored For Preventing Bank Robbery." Your article stated that the shooting death of her friend, Ron Christ, may have heightened her determination to stop another would-be robbery of the same bank on Aug. 5 of this year.
I can assure you that Ron Christ is still alive and living in Wausaukee. How do I know? He's my Dad and have to listen to him lecture me daily about the Packers, the state of social affairs in this country, politics, and how he is referred to as "dead man walking," thanks to your newspaper My mother will absolutely attest to his whereabouts within a moments notice as he is more than likely complaining about a myriad of issues or attempting to cut the grass for the third time this week.
The gentleman who was killed was Ron Christ's younger brother, Thomas Christ. Please correct your article so my uncle, "Tom", and his family may find peace.
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