From Our ReadersIssue Date: April 5, 2018
Letter to the Editor
What's in your scrapbook?
We are less than five months from opening a new hospital for our community. We are proud of what this new hospital will allow us to do and what the future holds.
But at the same time we do not want to forget the foundation on which we were able to build.
Over the years people have shared pieces of hospital history with us. Scrapbooks, pictures, certificates, newspaper clippings, t shirts, bills, grand opening programs, postcards, employee of the month pins, and many memories.
Why were these things kept and why were they shared? Because a hospital is a special place, one that is often at the center of life changing events.
So when we celebrate the opening of the new Bay Area Medical Center in August, we also want to remember that legacy. And to do that we need your help.
What's in your scrapbook? Do you have anything that can help us tell the story of our hospitals and their role in our community and our lives?
We will welcome your contributions to our effort and will certainly return those things you want to keep in your scrapbook.
Help us celebrate our future by remembering our past.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Bay Area Medical Center,
Director of Marketing & Foundation
Born at St. Joseph Lloyd Aug. 3, 1952
To the Editor:
"The Last Sonnet"
He stands among the ruins of our own wasted dreams,
Where we put out the fire but it didn't mean a thing,
Because it was too late to return to paradise,
The storm broke down the gate of our own device,
We once had everything handed to us on a silver platter,
But we kept on seeking more leaving the weak and weary behind,
But now the dam has burst and flooded all her beauty,
Leaving us with just memories of our own wasted time,
The games of time and treason are washed up on the shore,
The altar of confusion is floating out to sea,
If we had only followed her path instead of the stone,
Maybe he'd be standing in the sun instead of the cold,
The soothsayers died and the dreamer walks alone down the lonely path of dreams,
He dreams of all the times when we were all warned of the
magic power of our queen,
But no one will ever read his poems as he picks up a dead rose lying in the garden of thistles,
So he walks to where the sun once set in the west dragging all our chains behind him.
Letter to Editor:
Just like the 1800's gold minors out west, the gold-pursuing Aquila Mine doesn't care if death is the outcome of their pursuit.
Aquila calls it a gold and zinc mine. The percentage of them, is VERY low. HIGH are sulfide, lead, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals. All these are VERY dangerous to our health, our water's health, our animal's, fish and bird's health and other small being's health, our vegetation, etc. Once processed, the tailings are highly reactive and the toxins in these will be released on the shore of our precious Menominee River. These toxins will remain toxic for hundreds of years. Leave our ground where those tailings are now, UNDERGROUND. The risk is not to be considered.
Why is the MDEQ helping Aquila to fill in the blank spaces in their permit request? Is that ethical?
We are also worrying about Aquila's self-testing of the pollution level in the water they will be dumping every day into the river. Will they test every day? Will they shut down the mine that very day if the level is above what they are permitted or will they conceal it and continue mining? How can we control this? We must keep our water pure enough to use in our homes and businesses. Who can we contact to get answers to these questions?
Our future and generations to come are DOOMED if the mine opens. Aquila says we are acting on our emotions against the mine. We are acting because of the facts we have that they are not considering.
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