From Our ReadersIssue Date: January 30, 2020
As the people went about their daily lives in the town of Brumadinho they were completely unaware that the massive tailings dam at the mine was getting weaker every day. Then maybe just a small section started to fail, just a little. Then a little more gave way on the massive wall. That wall held the safety of every man, woman and child in the town, those that were working at the mine and every living thing below it. When it could no longer hold it's contents the wall exploded with the sound a jet makes when it breaks the sound barrier. A force that could be heard and felt inside of every living thing. Then it was over...it was just a matter of minutes and it was over. Hundreds were buried alive before they could even tell the ones next to them that they loved them. 250 lives were extinguished in a snap of a finger. Men, women, children and babies, precious pets, livestock and the town of Brumadinho died a terrible suffocating death under a wall of mud.
The horror of that day continues there, while here Aquila plans to build that same kind of dam just 50 yards from the banks of our Menominee River, next to the Menominee Tribe's sacred burial grounds and very near to our towns. The thought makes me physically nauseous and I try not to visualize our name in the headlines of yet another tailings dam collapse.
Each night I pray for our safety and ask for the strength for us all to continue this fight against this Back Forty Mine. I ask for the strength to continue to be able to inform people any way I can. Each one of us can only do so much. We are so small along but if we stand together we can become an Army and we can defeat this impending disaster looming over us. We must stand, speak and be heard. We must Stop The Back Forty Mine!
We've witnessed a recent surge in water levels in our area and the increase in flooding has raised concerns from your friends at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust. Therefore, we felt it important to provide a public service announcement to you about protecting your biggest investment " your home. Please consider reaching out to your insurance agent for an insurance check-up to verify your coverage and be informed on what's covered " and what isn't.
We understand how valuable your home is and want to make sure you are properly protected.
A common misconception is that flood damage is covered by a homeowner's insurance policy. Flood damage is only covered by purchasing a separate flood policy. Adding coverage for sewer and drain backups or sump pump failure is also an option on many homeowner policies.
According to local insurance agents, getting a flood elevation certificate is one of the most important steps in assessing a home's risk of flooding. Some homes may already have one on file at the courthouse, or a surveyor can perform an evaluation for a nominal charge. This certificate is essential if you wish to purchase a separate flood policy for your home.
If you are unsure of where to begin, or would like more information, we strongly recommend talking to your insurance provider about your coverage options. Please be aware the NFIP requires a 30-day waiting period for flood policies, unless it is required for a loan closing. So, the sooner you start the conversation the better.
Visit this FEMA link to get more information:
We must be proactive and not reactive on proposed Back Forty Mine.
The future of our environment depends on us.
The latest proposed area will cover approximately 1,080 acres based on the latest model submitted by Aquila. To put this in context, 24 John Henes Park, which occupies 45 acres, this will be catastrophic to our woodlands, woodland creatures, aquatic dependent life, water fowl, etc. Imagine leveling a naturally beautiful area like Henes Park (multiplied by 24 times) for the sake of quick money via sulfide mining. For those who are from the area, or have had the pleasant opportunity to visit the park, a great experience, as is beautiful Shakey Lakes Park.
Clean are will be compromised if mining activities take place, including pre-construction and road work. Particulates, and chemical emissions will hang in the atmosphere until brought down by larger particulates or rain/snow. This type of fallout will be in the form of acid created by various sulfide mining operations. Marinette can and will experience this type of fall out as the winds often come from that direction.
You must realize we are all at risk, so we the stewards of our environment must come together and stop this hazardous venture. Contact your representatives, and those running for local and State offices in Menominee, Marinette, Peshtigo, and surroundings areas.
Please be pro-active, not reactive. Search Coalition to Save the Menominee River for updates and information.
Twenty-six years ago, I began working at Bay Area Medical Center in the Dietary Department. With the benefits of union membership, I worked my way up to becoming Sterile Processing Coordinator. I was attracted to BAMC because of its stability and good pay and benefits to raise my family. I was proud to work for a hospital which cared about the community and had a good reputation for providing quality care.
Unfortunately, that is no longer true. Throughout the contract bargaining process with employees, Advocate AuroraBay Area management proposed wages so low, they come nowhere near the cost of living increases. What's more, management seeks to divide employees by offering some employees high wages while slashing pay for others. All employees at the hospital help make it happen, and we all deserve family-supporting wages and benefits. How will management recruit and retain high-quality employees when it's becoming harder for their employees to make ends meet?
I saw many changes at the hospital over twenty-six years. Employees at BAMC were once proud of their employer for valuing employee investment as community investment. Employees at Aurora are asking for fairness and dignity. We hope that Advocate Aurora management starts to see employees for the invaluable asset we are to the community and to the patients we serve,every day.
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