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From our readers

Issue Date: April 12, 2018

Dear Editor:

April 3 was election day when Coleman School had two referendums for school expansion and repair. Roofs that leaked for 2 years, and door security were the only things required. Only half the number of students now than what the school was originally built for.

The snow job was continually reported of how bad a 40-year old building was. A building made of iron and brick should last 200 years with maintenance.

Mother Nature played a big part of the low turn out. Many of the elderly stayed home because of the bad weather. The elderly are on a fixed income, $200 increase in their taxes is going to hurt. I'm sure if the election was held on a clear day, the results would be reversed.

Donald Meyer,

Taxpayer



Dear Editor:

"I Can See Again!"

The Moose Lodge in Marinette held a successful fundraising benefit for me (Jeannie Winnekins) so I could purchase new eyewear for my blindness. Tri City businesses, family, friends and anonymous contributors have given me a new outlook on life, awareness and independence. They have helped my dream come true! I sincerely thank all of you. "Eye'll" see you again soon.

Jeannie Winnekins



Dear Editor:

I had written an e-mail to Governor Walk in regards to the repeal of the Prove It First law. At the beginning of this year he had signed the repeal of the Prove It First law. His reasoning for signing the repeal is the same mantra we have heard "jobs". I stated in my letter that I live on the Menominee River and that my water is threatened by metallic sulfide mining. I addressed that I am a concerned citizen as this is in my back yard. I know there are people in the community who are against the Back 40 Project on both sides of the Menominee River. I mainly want to currently focus on the Wisconsin Side of the river.

This year is midterms and Governor Walker is up for re-election. I believe the voters in our communities have the right to view this e-mail response to my concerns about the future of the Menominee River. We voters have rights to clean water free of chemical contaminants. No matter how "safe' Governor Walker insists that metallic sulfide mining is. There are so many candidates running against him. So far, I like that Matt Flynn is a clean water candidate and knows all about the Back 40 Project. I would like to encourage voters who care about this issued to research candidates and ask them about if they know about the Back 40 Project. This is our river. This is our main source of drinking water. This is the river people come to fish, kayak, boat, and people come up here for hunting. We need to have candidates that listen to us about issues such as the concerns of the Back 40 Project. We need to express our concerns to candidates and question them in regards to metallic sulfide mining.

Our government is made up by the people with one voice and one vote. During these midterms we decide who our candidate for governor is. We decide who represents us at the state level and the national level. We all must have clean water and we do not want to be another Flint, Michigan. We all know that Fling, Michigan still has contaminated water. They cannot drink their water nor can they even bathe in their own water. We as citizens deserve better representation and we do not want this.

Juliane Draze,

Porterfield



To the Editor:

Each year for the past several years, Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council has worked together with Oconto Falls Elementary School to host a family-oriented evening as a fundraiser for the Council. Titled "Are You Smarter than an Oconto Falls 5th Grader?" it has been an evening of fun for students and adults alike. The 5th grade students are terrific in their knowledge of their currently studied information. And, the adult panel also does well trying to recall some of the 5th grade information. Kudos to both groups! It is not easy to come up with an answer when put on the spot in front of an audience. Yet, the teams did well under pressure and enjoyed themselves in the process.

Our Literacy Council is a 501 (3) nonprofit. Our income is from grants, donations and, of course, this annual fundraiser. Each year, we are so impressed with the smiling faces of the 5th grade students as well as the enthusiasm and positive attitudes of all the community and school staff involved. All deserve a big "Thank You" however, especially the grade 5 staff, Mr. Moore, Dr. Hess, as well as staff & students from St. Anthony's and Abrams Elementary and all of the brave adults on the adult team.

Before beginning the event that night and during intermission we raffled off donated baskets, held a 50/50 raffle, and had a bake sale. Much appreciation is extended to those who purchased these items and all the parents supporting their children.

It's fun at an event like this to laugh about questions asked and answers given. In reality, we know there are adults in our area who are requesting assistance to help them read or to speak English. All money raised from this fundraiser goes toward running our all-volunteer Council and for the purchase of books and materials for our tutors and their adult students. The Literacy Council's adult students want to become contributing members of the community and their workforce; thank you for helping us to help them to achieve this. By participating in this fundraiser, you are helping us to serve our clients and fulfill our mission. Just as every child has the right to an education, so shouldn't every adult who now wants to improve his/her learning? We have seen, once again, the wonderful people that make up our local school district and community. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Marinette & Oconto Counties Literacy Council,

Janet Glime, Marycarolyn Jagodzinski, Bud Bartel and the total Board of Directors




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