From our readersIssue Date: October 18, 2018
Letter to the Editor:
The Coleman School District renovations with add-ons is estimated to cost $14,300,000.00 if the add-ons are approved. Originally $13,800,000.00 was approved by the taxpayers in April for the renovations and expansion. In that amount, Miron Construction inflated the price to include $750,000.00 to cover contingencies. We also have $581,000.00 in a fund designated for Capital improvements or repairs that the board is considering to use to pay for these add-ons. As stated in the Peshtigo Times last week, "Fund 46" was set up five years ago to provide for a new roof. Knowing there was a roof fund, why was the entire price of a new roof included on the referendum? Was it put on there to influence the electorate to pass the referendum? Hopefullly, this fund was set up as a fund for the roof in case the referendum would not pass as stated in a meeting and not as an additional revenue source to expand the scope of the project.
In addressing one of the add-ons, they are proposing, the renovation of the district administrator's office, the board room and the music program space at a cost of $335,238.00. This renovation will move the district office across the hall into the present board room. The board room will move down one room into the music room and the music room will go in the space presently occupied by the district offices. This is a major change to the building that links the High School and Elementary. This building has been in use only 19 years and this is not the first change to this building since it was built. It has been remodeled before to move the district offices from the high school. At that time, the music room was moved out to accommodate for the offices. We are now putting the music room right back to where it was in 1999.
This leap frogging is a want, and not a need. Our administrator believes we will be pleased with the outcome. I believe $335,238.00 of resources will be wasted on this part of the project and more on others. These changes do nothing to improve the educational opportunities for our student today and actually restricts our abilities to enhance opportunities in the future due to financial restrictions.
Because the electorate passed the referendum does not mean the district must come up with frivolous ways to spend all the money. It does not mean that the board can approve using the $750,000.00 in contingencies money or the $581,000.00 from "Fund 46" for add-ons. Some board members and our administrator need reminding that the goal is to educate our children. They must vote against using this money to cover add-ons. Stay within the scope of the project as it was proposed and prior to the April vote and sold to the taxpayers.
Just a reminder to everyone, the annual meeting is Monday, Oct. 22nd at 6:30 PM. I believe this meeting will be in the board room. This meeting should be open for public comment and not closed as meeting on the Oct. 8th.
Chantae Lessard, Director of Social Performance and Engagement, Aquila Resources, whatever that position entitles you to say, "The Township should follow rules, not personal feelings." WHO DO YOU THINK YOU'RE KIDDING?? From the very beginning, the company you represent as it's "paid political lobbyist' and "paid public relations spokesperson' has "deliberately and consciously' lied to us in order to advance its principal purpose, on behalf of the Country of Canada's intentions to invade the United States with its Massive Volcanic Minerals Mining and Minerals processing objectives.
Thank God for giving us intelligent energetic and courageous people with the fortitude to stand up and "fight for the truth' and the willingness to tell it "bluntly and openly' when the time is needed to confront those in government and elsewhere pursuing selfish greedy objectives harmful to all of the needs of survival for ourselves and generations to follow.
Our State of Michigan elected officials, led by Republican Tom Casperson, enacted so called mining friendly laws starting with Part 632 and later a serious of complimentary amended bills to weaken property owners rights and make the permit process easier for the mining industry and then appointed a bunch of bureaucrats to work for the Department of Environmental Quality getting their applications in order to review and approve, supposedly by the people of the State of Michigan. This is the reason that "unpaid' volunteer opposition organizations "popped up' to "tell the truth' representing over 97% of the voting public at the time when telling the truth is needed.
The first truth which is needed to tell, is Michigan's first permit application was submitted by a Canadian Company, Aquila Resources, Inc., that never developed, operated a mine or, processed minerals including anything intended they want to mine at their "Back Forty Project", 1/2 north of Shaky Lakes, immediately next to the Menominee River using hundreds of tons of cyanide, one of the most hazardous chemicals known to man. They tell you "we need them" to create jobs which this mining activity will not create, because all the skills will be performed by skilled people we don't have here that will be brought into the area to work.
Aquila Resources, inc. is principally owned and financed by Canadian, and British interests, financed by "offshore banks in the Bahamas and Grand cayman Islands currently with a deficit' of almost 100 million dollars and with Directors and Officers, a number of whom had been associated with mining companies they left in bankruptcy with toxic waste dumps costing hundreds of millions of dollars of "clean up' for the people living int he abandoned mines polluted areas.
William G. Boerner,
Letter to Editor:
I and many thousands, perhaps millions of voters are deeply concerned that the values we developed during the past 50+ years are threatened by Corporate America; meaning the fact during the past three years we have seen conservation and protection of our natural resources placed in serious jeopardy by uninformed thoughtless and profit minded politicians and corporations with enough power to get what they want at the risk of the majority of we who are not part of the political system and too poor to plunge millions of dollars into the pockets of those we elect to office supposedly to represent our will in governmental affairs.
It's needles to say, most of us were taught and believed in the American way of life which meant, our democratic form of government was the best there could be, and good would always force out evil! According to what we're seeing in the political arena we certainly must have some doubts that good can and appears to be forced out by evil, not evil itself but evil that results from a government that is currently out of "balance'.
Our two-party system that holds our democracy in proper balance can only function if there are people that think of the good of the republic rather than the bottom line of a corporation's financial statement or complete disregard for those future generations that will be dependent upon us passing on to them clean air, water and an unpolluted land on which to exist.
It is wrong for any of us to compromise any of our rights to the freedoms given us under the constitution of the United States including the right to clean air, water, and clean non-polluted political processes needed to survive all forms of imposing wrong standards of quality needed to protect the freedom from fears guaranteed each of us under the Bill of Rights.
The current ruling people in our State and Federal Government have clearly demonstrated they do not have a conscience when setting aside laws place in effect to protect us and must be made to realize we, the people that elected them to office will no longer remain silent when they do so. When voting for your local, State or National representative, take this into consideration before casting your ballot and do some research on the candidate that is asking for your vote to see what respect he or she has for protecting your air, water and the environment and if you're not satisfied with the answer given to you, tell them why you will not vote the way they want!!!
Lavern R. Grager
The meeting at Lake Township on Sept. 18 concerning zoning restrictions property owners want to put in place protecting their property rights against unreasonable conditions permitted by the State of Michigan DEQ by having a mine operate in their back yards against their best interests must be followed up with a further explanation of why "zoning ordinances' are needed to protect property owners in the vicinity of the Aquila Resources, Inc. proposed Back Forty Mine at Shaky Lakes on behalf their government, Canada; a review of conditions producing a need for further regulations called zoning ordinances to protect property owners in Lake Township and others on both sides of the Menominee River in Marinette and Menominee counties and others dependent on clean unpolluted water for survival along the shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
All of the people with whom I spoke believe the debt we all owe the Menominee Indian Tribe and other Native American inhabitants of the Menominee River area where their sacred ancient burial and assessorial sites are located intended to be destroyed by Aquila Resources, Inc., a "foreign' company invading our country for profit cannot be compromised and must be protected at all costs. The respect for clean air, water and land passed on to us by them cannot be forgotten. We, as their successors, cannot forget the responsibility we have been given and it now becomes our responsibility to pass on this heritage to our future generations.
The Lake Township zoning board was advised, prior to the last public meeting of the Lake Township Zoning Board that Aquila Resources, Inc. although not having a representative present had presented to them an official statement objecting to ordinance changes. During previous discussions regarding the Lake Township ordinance, previous to its being amended by the Township Zoning board, Aquila personnel advised the Lake Township Board they did not intend to comply with its provisions not did they intend to comply with any other restriction not included in the permits already received from the State of Michigan. In essence, the State of Michigan by issuing its permit to Aquila has violated basic "property owner constitutional rights'.
The attitude displayed by Aquila Resources personnel from the very beginning over the past 15+ years has been defiant concerning any restrictions placed on them in spite of overwhelming objections of the entire water resources division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to a permit being issued. One was issued, in a "fascist manner' independently by the Departments Director, Heidi Gather. Little wonder why the Lake Township Board must in turn "crank up' its efforts to protect Township property owners and residents from foreign invaders?
Michael J. Boerner,
To the Editor:
Most Americans believe in majority rule. We spend very extensive time and energy to make sure that the votes are properly counted. We spend much less time on determining whether these votes are representative of democracy.
One flaw in our system is the electoral-college system of electing the president. A few Presidents have been elected with less than half of the total votes. But that pales in the face of vote rigging to create a majority in the United States House of Representatives and state houses.
If 55% of the voters in Michigan vote for a Democratic candidate for the US House of Representative, only 5 of 14 congressmen will be Democrats. That is while the 45% who vote Republican will elect 9 congressmen. 55% of the votes results in 36% representation. That is not majority rule. Democrats have the opportunity to do the same thing if and when they get control of the process.
This odd, but legal, vote rigging could not have been anticipated by our founding fathers. They did not have computers. Computers greatly enhance the gerrymandering process.
Issues like health care, income inequality, minimum wage, and entitlements issues should be decided by the majority, not by the party that does the best job of rigging the votes. Voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around.
It's time to implement the true intentions of our founding fathers. Michigan voters have the opportunity to vote against gerrymandering on Nov. 6th by voting yes on Proposal 2. A yes vote on Proposal 2 is a vote for democracy.
Dr. Paul A. Haupt
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