THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: May 5, 2017
Letter to Editor:
Thank you to Joe and Rick and the Marinette County Highway Department crew who recently cleaned up County Highway A outside of Crivitz. They picked up the litter along the highway between Crivitz and County X and it now looks very nice. Thank you so much for working so hard. We appreciate it! Let's hope people notice and stop littering!
Lee Granius and Laurel Marquardt
The Wisconsin Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Marinette last week was exciting for the area.
What they didn't say there was they raised their per diem whether they go to Madison or elsewhere, and receipts are no longer a requirement. Their pay was hiked to $75,000.
To our local representative John Nygren, and to his predecessor John Gard, and State Senator Dave Hansen, I asked why Wisconsin didn't mandate mud flaps on dump trucks.
Being inferior, I wasn't sure if I had the right to ask, but since I'd had two windshields cracked from dump trucks kicking up stones into my windshield, I asked.
I was blown off from the representatives. I did mention that Wisconsin was the only state that didn't mandate mud flaps on dump body trucks, but realized that I was out of place.
If there was a need for these mud flaps, it would certainly have been perceived by their superior intellect and would have been taken care of.
Never have "so few' threatened "so much' to "so many'. Over 97% of the people owning property on the Menominee River in both Michigan and Wisconsin are NOT in favor of the State of Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality granting the fourth and final permit needed by Aquila Resources, Inc. to conduct "open Pit Sulfide Mining operations' referred to by them as their "Back Forty Project" and by most others as the "Menominee River - Shaky Lakes Mine."
The final permit is exactly what the first three permits have already allowed; an outrage that the State of Michigan's bureaucratic and political people are imposing on all of the people in both the States of Michigan and Wisconsin by contaminating their water, air and land with toxic waste acid mine drainage and chemically contaminated mine tailings to be left behind for future generations to deal with at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars, OR, as a monument left behind added to over 1,375 other past mistakes with the title of "Superfund" which we say cannot be fixed because we don't have the money since we're already $19.5 trillion in debt.
The granting of a permit to Aquila Resources, Inc. by the State of Michigan is no different than the State taking away private property owned by its private citizens and giving it to a private company in the business of making money for a few investors All "private property', under the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is owned outright and is subject only by the State to reacquire such property for specific public use purposes under a process called imminent domain that requires private property owners to be awarded fair and just compensation.
The State of Michigan, if they allow this 4th permit will succeed in taking away basic property rights of thousands of land owners on both sides of the river without "due process of law' and without compensation to any property owner. Additionally, all of us whose lives are dependent on clean uncontaminated water will be threatened continuously with additional high levels of toxic pollution and other high level risks associated with mining and minerals processing operations.
The final or 4th permit deals with "wetlands' which will allow Aquila Resources to use land on which there are streams, ditches and swamps in addition to water under the ground from aquifers; the water beneath the surface needed to keep trees, plants and other forms of vegetation alive. The permit allows Aquila Resources to pump water from the surrounding area of the mine wherever it comes from up to 1.5 million gallons daily discharging it into the river for as long as needed to keep it out of the big mine pit or hole which will be about 1,250 feet deep, 2,100 feet wide and 75 feet from the Menominee River.