From our readersIssue Date: February 21, 2018
Letter to Editor:
Every so often a democracy needs to "adjust' itself to the perils it faces of attacks made by "forces' under which it has little or no control from "spikes' in the political process brought about by the same freedoms we all enjoy. We are currently seeing such a "spike' that arose very suddenly when many greedy, power-hungry, men believed the "time was right' to make their move in "notching up' their control of more people, more money and right to determine the future of their fellow man.
Rapid and thoughtless changes of years of regulations that had been put in place, at great time, effort and expense, by former legislators, both on the State and Federal level that protected air, water, and other parts of our environment were suddenly and ruthlessly "thrown out', without reason, that will only help to pave the way to a reckless return to the future path of "global' destruction. (Al Gore, Vice President under Bill Clinton, in a recent television program on "global warming' documented this threat very well and should be a "must' to see by everyone).
An example of this is right in our "backyard' where 98-1/2 % of the people in Marinette and Menominee Counties oppose the "back forty' mine proposed by Aquila Resources, Inc. an invasive species from Canada, on the verge of receiving their 4th permit from the Michigan DEQ, all that's needed to start digging their "big hole' which will destroy hundreds and perhaps thousands of surrounding acres and miles of the Menominee River with toxic waste, composed of acids, life destroying chemicals and bringing unimaginable harm to thousands of people.
This is a period in time when "Democracy' must renew itself! The loss of our freedoms to choose, if we tolerate a mine in Menominee and Marinette counties, even though we don't want one; we will surely lose the right to "dissent', one of the responsibilities, privileges and rights we have under the United States constitution.
Call and demand from your count elected officials that you want a voice in protecting your water, air and future and if they don't believe a majority of voters are serious, to place the matter on the "next' ballot as a referendum in both Menominee and Marinette counties. Also let Tom Casperson know the new pro-mining ecologically threatening bills he recently introduced to the State of Michigan Senate is a reflection of mining interest money at work and it's too obvious he's willing to sell the Upper Peninsula too cheap for the amount of money the mining interests are paying him.
William G. Boerner
To the Editor:
"A Lone Wolf"
(The Legend of the Old West)
Blue sky over the forest,
River running through,
Ghost trails where once buffalo ran,
A lone wolf howling at the moon,
Silhouettes standing on the plains,
Chaparral towers in the sky,
Sagebrush rolling over the hills,
The west was doomed to die,
Legends and tales of bygone days,
The spirit of the Cherokee,
Rages the mighty Colorado,
While a poet drops down to one knee,
Saloons filled with dance hall girls,
Mustangs on the run,
Thundering through the canyons,
Into the rising sun,
Outlaws hiding out at Bad Rock,
Posses on their trail,
Somewhere in the wind over the Colorado,
Lives every legend and tale.
Mountain men on a trap line,
Gunslingers with a fast draw,
Biding their time until they lose,
One step ahead of the law,
Panning gold on a mountain stream.
Mule trains through the Great Divide,
Searching for tomorrow's dream,
While the chilling wind cried.
Cattle drives up from Abilene,
Lonely graves upon Boot Hill,
Thriving towns turned into ghost towns,
From Stringtown to Sutters Mill,
Pony Express riders galloping along,
Over prairie and plain,
Homesteaders trying to build a life,
At the mercy of the heat and the rain,
Conestoga wagons traveling west,
With hearts that see so far,
Drifters going from one place to another,
Sleeping under the stars,
Blue sky over the forest
River running through
Ghost trails where once buffalo ran,
A lone wolf still howling at the moon.
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