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Issue Date: January 31, 2019

Editor: 

Last week I read a letter from Nathan Conrad who said he is the "Communications Director for the Natural Resource Development Association". His supposedly unbiased group's message was spouting the alleged positive "facts" of a mine and was meant to inform the local community here that the anti-mine groups here are basically bad and misinformed.

I was shocked to see that the Eagle Herald allowed this man to con the newspaper into having his letter printed. Conned? I assume the ethics that used to require a registered agent of a business entity to notify persons they deal with that they are an agent of a mining entity; no longer applies when it comes to mining?

I attached 2 documents to my correspondence to the Eagle Herald. One is a small portion of the background of Mr.  Conrad who omitted the fact that he is a registered lobbyist for Aquila Resources? The other documents shows that in my opinion; This man basically would take any cause that pays him to mislead persons into believing he represents more than one person " himself.  Certainly the name of "Communications Director for the Natural Resource Development Association" and being a 501(c) Corp sounds altruistic and perhaps even benevolent. Maybe even having more than the 2-members it has?

The article written by this person can only be labeled as intentionally "fake" and "intentionally misleading". This was done on behalf of a company that is so cowardly and desperate that they must pay persons in an attempt to try and fool others into thinking there is actually an upside to the disaster this mine would be if allowed to go through.

The moral of the story; Aquila is so desperate they are paying a shill to try and bend the truth so much that the community is fooled into believing a mine would not do what the mine in Brazil just did " destroy an ecosystem. Remember that same company, Vale, was one of the many partners Aquila has had over the past 17 years.

Tom Boerner

"Communications Director for the truth" 



To The Editor:

Could you come up with $400 in an emergency? It turns out that 40% of Americans can't. We learned during the government shutdown that many workers live paycheck to paycheck (78%). This past month has underlined just how fragile this economy is for the majority of our citizens.

The American Dream is now the American Myth. We used to believe that by working hard, getting an education and being persistent one could succeed in the U.S., but that often isn't enough. Most people who get food stamps work (often more than one job) and are white. Lower income people often pay more for services than their wealthier counterparts, for example, bank fees due to not maintaining a minimum balance. The median income for American workers (adjusted for inflation) has not changed since 1979, while costs have soared. (Source: Pew Research Center)

We used to believe that Americans had upward mobility, that is, the ability to do better than your family of origin. Now it is more likely that families will be less well off than their parents. It is easier to move upward in Europe than the U.S. nowadays. The tax law passed last year just made life easier for the already well to do. It did not help the "paycheck to paycheck' crowd much.

If you are struggling, you are not alone.

As George Carlin opined, "The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it."

Until tax policies revert to brackets that existed in the 1960's and 70's, lower income Americans will continue to do worse. Government will be less able to make a difference in their lives, mostly due to priorities and lack of revenue. Some politicians are now making the case for greater tax fairness. If you would have difficulty coming up with $400 in an emergency, you would do well to pay attention.

Dr. Paul A. Haupt,

Menominee, MI



Letter to Editor:

The Floriano-Stecker-Kelly American Legion Post 340 would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations to the 2018 Christmas Program: Wildwood Restaurant & Truck Stop, William Anderson Sportsman Club, Whitens Kiln and Lumber, Dugree Trucking and Forest Products, Superior Welding and Manufacturing, Integra First Federal Credit Union, Allo-Coolman Funeral Home, Wendricks Truss, Fazer's Foods, Ray Gurgall, Walmart Esky, Joyce Mills, Jay's Auto Service and Strauss Auto Repair.

Thank you all for your generosity and for a successful Christmas Program.

Dennis Trudell,

Finance Officer

Dear Editor:

Mr. Conrad's letter of January 22 demonstrates that the mining industry and Aquila are apparently threatened by an independent scientific review of the company's mining plans. By NRDA's standards, anyone with scientific credibility who challenges the dubious claims and outrageous assertions of the mining industry is "anti-mining." If Aquila and the NRDA cannot respond to the valid scientific objections made by independent technical consultants, they resort to name-calling and absurd accusations of "colluding" with the Environmental Protection Agency. Since when is putting forward scientific information that relates to the enforcement of the Clean Water Act evidence of "collusion?"

Opponents of the Eagle Mine and the Pebble Mine in Alaska hired CSP2 to determine whether the projects would have violated the Clean Water Act. If NRDA had its way, there would be NO INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC REVIEW OF MINING PERMITS. The NRDA has a hypocritical double standard regarding the mine permit.

According to the NRDA, it is perfectly fine for Aquila to hire Foth Associates to present a biased and scientifically invalid assessment of the Back Forty project; but, if opponents of the project hire scientific experts to review Foth's analysis, then the NRDA calls it "misleading." Mr. Conrad, it is you who are misleading the public about the status of Aquila's mine permit. You need to educate yourself on the matter.

Aquila's "final permits" are still being reviewed by the MDEQ, and they cannot COMMENCE ANYTHING until they have met the many conditions attached to EACH of the four permits. The Wetland Permit alone has 28 single-spaced pages of conditions! NRDA says Aquila is committed to "clean mining." If that were the case, why did they work so hard to repeal Wisconsin's "Prove It First" law? This is not the behavior of a company that is concerned with "clean mining." This is a company and a lobbying organization that is threatened by a regulation that requires them to demonstrate where metallic sulfide mining has been done without polluting ground and surface waters. The Press Release only states that CSP2 will be doing an independent review; nowhere does it indicate that the results have been received.

Let's give the public a chance to learn the truth when the CSP2 report is made available to all.

Dale Burie, President

Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc.

N9658 Cottage Lane

Wausaukee, WI 54177



Dear Editor:

We believe every family should be in a position to enjoy a holiday meal. St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Marinette is grateful to the Yoga Loft in Marinette for its generous donation of 40 pounds of butter this past holiday season.

As a result of this donation, the food pantry was able to provide butter in addition to other holiday foods like ham, potatoes and gravy. Butter is a kitchen essential for many"especially when preparing a holiday meal. Mashed potatoes without butter seem a little too lean to be festive! At about $3 a pound, butter is a luxury for people who live paycheck to paycheck.

We are grateful to the generous students who donated toward this cause at a yoga class held specifically to raise money for a charitable cause. Acts of generosity like this one and a readiness to help makes our community special in more ways than one.

Kalyani Grasso,

Executive Director

St. Vincent de Paul Society



"The Dirty Earth"

There's a slow and steady rain falling,

I wonder if the sky is afraid?

Is this heaven's way of cleansing,

The dirty earth we have so enslaved?



I walk out in all it's teardrops,

And imagine what it used to be,

Will any of us learn a lesson,

From the tears before they wash to the sea?



There's a slow and steady rain falling,

I wonder if the sky is afraid?

The heavens keep sending us signals,

To the dirty earth we have so betrayed.

Roger Lanich,

Wausaukee



Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, we wish to extend our appreciation to the Legion Post 146 Family (ALA/Legionnaires/Sons of the American Legion) for donating, and volunteering their time to support the 2018 Christmas Ball Raffle which was held Nov. 16 through Dec. 28 at the Legion Post. In addition, thank you to Ron Cuyler for donating bird houses, and the community for supporting the Menominee American Legion Auxiliary. The Christmas Ball Raffle supports the various programs within the ALA, and includes additional fundraising efforts throughout the year.

The ALA is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization, and on Nov. 10, will celebrate a major milestone - 100 years of serving our veterans, military, and their families.

Thank you for supporting American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146.

Evelyn Koutnik

Donna Venhaus-Lewis

Christmas Ball Raffle chairpersons

Menominee ALA Unit 146



Dear friends,

I write this in sorrow and thankfulness over the fire that destroyed Crivitz Lumber in Crivitz Tuesday night.

Candy and my prayers are with the Gocht family over the loss of their business. Crivitz Lumber has been an institution in our community for over 100 years. It has not only supported many generations of the Gocht family but has employed many members of our community as well, myself included. In addition to the employment given to members of the community they also were generous with their donations to many causes over the years, be it a monetary donation or a donation of time, equipment or materials for a project. George, Kathy and family thank you for all you have given to our community. We hope you chose to rebuild your business and lead us forward for another 100 years.

I extend a sincere thanks to those firefighters who braved the frigid weather to battle the blaze as well as protecting the remainder of our downtown from what could have been a disaster. Fire departments from around the county worked in battling the blaze in awful conditions. I commend our fire chief, Luke Deschane, his department, and all the other departments for their efforts in again protecting our community. From what I have been told Marinette County's MABAS mutual aid system worked extremely well. It is comforting to know that in these days of reduced municipal budgets that communities can continue to rely on others to help out in time of need.

A heartfelt thanks also goes out to those who staffed our emergency shelter, as well as those area businesses who opened their hearts and doors to provide food and other necessities for the 93 families whose homes lost power due to the fire.

Thank you Crivitz for being such a generous community!

John Deschane

President

Village of Crivitz


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