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From our readers

Issue Date: April 26, 2018

Letter to Editor:

This letter is in regards to the Biehl Construction Non-Metallic Mine that is to be located on County G and 300 feet from our property on Highway 180 in Marinette County, Town of Porterfield.

To the current and future taxpaying residents of Marinette County:

Take heed " Currently, Marinette County has no ordinances in place to stop this type of mining activity within the County, meaning, there is nothing the County or that a taxpaying citizen can object to if such activity is planned. The Mining Company is required to submit and receive permits from the State of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources. The only County requirement is that the Mining Company request approval for a "Reclamation Permit/Plan", meaning, how they will restore the mining region in the future when operations are completed in 50 plus years. In this case, the Reclamation Plan states the property will contain an artificial lake located on the east end and they anticipate restoring a farm field on the west end. The site will contain craters that will not be filled in when completed.

To the Marinette County Board Members:

We respectfully request that you use due diligence and protect your taxpaying residents by preventing this kind of activity when they are to occur near residential areas within our county and townships.

To the Town of Porterfield Board Members:

We respectfully request that you use due diligence and protect your taxpaying residents by preventing this kind of activity when they are to occur near residential areas within our township. To enforce the Public Nuisance Ordinance # 2017-2 adopted May 10, 2017 Section IV " No person shall erect, contrive, cause, continue, maintain or permit to exist any public nuisance within the Town of Porterfield. Section V, Subsection A " Substantially annoy, injure or endanger the comfort, health, repose or safety of the public and Subsection E " Any use of premises which is detrimental to the property of others which causes or tends to cause substantial diminution in the value of other property in the neighborhood in which such premises are located. Section VI " Acts, omissions, places, conditions and thing are hereby specifically declared to be public health nuisances.

To think that we were anxious about Aquila's Back Forty Project taking place up the Menominee River not even knowing that we have an immediate concern occurring within our very own region. The Menominee River is very close to this mining site as well. While we understand the need for business, we are petitioning our elected officials to stand for and with its residents to protect their welfare, their property and the property of the County. We can't imagine that any Marinette County resident would want mining to take place so closely to their greatest investment, their home, the place you seek safety, security and deserve tranquility.

It is justly concerning to all affected property owners that must now deal with the consequences from this and future Non-Metallic Mining. Some things to consider are what will be the quality of the air, soil and water during the mining process and when it is completed? Who is responsible should our property sustain damages or contamination? How will the mining process affect our wells, septic systems, home structure, etc.? Also, how will our property value be affected? Even if we choose to leave our homes because we will not stay and endure the mining processes, we must now disclose that this activity is intended to occur potentially reducing the value of our homes. Who will want to purchase our beautiful homes knowing there will be mining (usage of explosives to blast the bedrock, truck and crushing noise/operations, potential property damage and contamination) in the area or directly to our properties? Not to mention that we may not fully receive a fair price for the beautiful homes/property we have established, created and maintained! This is simply not fair or just to the responsible neighbor and the responsible taxpaying resident.

Please remember that this could and may happen to you unless changes happen at the County and/or Township level. This is where the change must occur. We need rules, regulations and guidelines ASAP!

Thank you for your time and your consideration.

Sincerely,

Lynn and Jerry Lowis,

State Highway 180,

Marinette, WI 54143



Dear Editor:

My thoughts are with the family of the student taken into custody today"

My heart breaks for you and your child and I want you to know you're not alone, I care!               

 I have nothing to offer your family today but to share my thoughts in this public fashion. I dropped my grandchildren off at the Peshtigo Schools this morning.  I got home, saw the news and got sick. I have had time to settle down".right now I am sad and great-full things did not escalate to something worse, for your family as much as our students and families.

I am not angry at your family or your child. What's done is done, so hopefully this can be fixed at some level. I was scared and now I am sad. I say to you to not be afraid of what you don't know today, answers will come, but you need to ask your questions. Hopefully you will have an advocate to walk with you through this time and procedures. It would be difficult for anyone to function emotionally at a time like this and be productive in thoughts and actions.  Do what is right and necessary; be strong to make decisions that will not be easy, but you can own it and in that you have a chance to make the difference in your family's future, your child's life. It could have been much worse, however you still have the power to make a difference for your child and it starts today. Hold your head up, figure this out, love your child even more today, support his needs, do not crash as he needs you more than ever. We all need you to help your child as maybe what you do today will make a difference for another student and family in the future.  Be strong now, this is in YOUR hands, you can do this! Hold your head up and make it count!



Beverly J. Doucette,

Peshtigo



Letter to Editor:

A grand slam of thanks goes out to all who made the American Legion Red Wave Baseball spaghetti and meatball supper a huge success.

First, many thanks to Commander Steve Fifarek and the American Legion Post 146 for sponsoring this annual event. To all who donated food items a sincere thank you.

The long lines of supporters kept the baseball parents busy in the kitchen and the players busy setting and clearing the tables. Thank to all.

See you out at the ball park!

Steve Van Eyck,

Athletic Chairman,

Post 146





Editor:

Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink.

"The Future??"

I watched a commentary on PBS a few nights ago about how bad the water situation is across the country. Coal mining in Virginia has caused their aquifers to create a bad smell in their water, as well as adding other toxic chemicals that were not discovered until recently"one of which has proved to cause birth defects. They have now advised pregnant women not to drink the water, but they said it's safe for everyone else. When asked what scientific data they have to claim it's safe, they could not answer the question.

On April 2, 2018, Michigan's DEQ granted the Nestle Corporation a permit to increase pumping water from the White Pine Springs near Evart, MI, from 250 gpm (gallons per minute) to 400 gpm. That's 110 million gallons per year. The permit cost is $200 annually, the cost of 50 cases; the rest is profit. Seventy-five people responded in favor, and 89,945 were opposed.

On the West coast, Nestle is taking water from drought-stricken California's San Bernardino Mountains at a rate of 30 million gallons per year; the permit cost is just $524, or 130 cases to pay for the permit. Nestle currently has 40 water sources in 12 states, despite strong opposition. What do you think Nestle is seeing that most people don't even think about? The Future? That's exactly their strategy!! Right now it's about $4.00 a case; when our water is no longer safe, how much then? Aquifers in Marinette and Peshtigo have recently been discovered to be contaminated, just like several decades ago in Menominee. How can companies like Nestle recognize the future demand for water, when the public does not understand the severity of what's happening here...across the country...and the world!!

Large corporate interests and corrupt politicians care only about one thing, and it's not us; it's ?????. We take water for granted because we have so much, and they (corporate interests) seem to think that rivers and lakes have an unlimited ability to clean themselves. We have in our own back yard corrupt politicians like Tom Casperson (MI), who has just created SIX new mining de-regulation bills in as many weeks, half of which were so far under the radar that "We The People" had no idea what was even in those bills. Tom Tiffany (WI) repealed "Prove it First," and there's an endless list of others who are hell-bent on deregulating mining laws, specifically the most dangerous of all"those relating to sulfide mining, which have proven contamination 100% of the time.

Nestle is certainly looking to the future, corrupt, and well calculated as it is. I think WE should be!

Scott Lindquist,

Menominee


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