From our readersIssue Date: November 5, 2020
The members of Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146, would like to extend a sincere appreciation to our veterans on Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day, or Armistice Day (WWI) as it was once known, and first celebrated in 1919. It is a time to pay tribute to all American veterans " living or deceased for protecting this great country " The United States of America. The American Legion Auxiliary recognizes veterans for having a sense of duty, and courage when they answered the call to serve, and protect their country's freedom, and security.
It is important to the American Legion organization, and to our country to remember those who have sacrificed so that Americans can enjoy a better way of life. Since many of our veterans and active duty military have witnessed, and experienced the devastation of war, it does leave a serious impact mentally, and physically on them. Many veterans will experience homelessness, loneliness, despair, home/work related issues, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which includes flashback, and severe anxiety. There are benefits and services available to veterans. Veterans are encouraged to contact a local American Legion Post, or a State Representative for referrals.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for a century to their organization's mission: In the spirit of "Service, Not Self", the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support the American Legion, and honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security. The ALA represents the views of its members based on its four pillars: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, Children and Youth.
In addition, the American Legion is a voice for American veterans, and service members, and lets our government officials know how we feel when it comes to changes relating to our veterans. Lastly, The Legion Act with new eligibility requirements was also passed. The American Legion does not support candidates, but rather issues.
Remember our veterans on November 11, and extend a "thank you", or a "helping hand" to them.
Public Relations chairman
Menominee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146
At 86 years old and coming off heart surgery, I did not plan on writing this letter, but it needs to be done. On Saturday, Oct. 24th, Rick Shevy came to my house with a group of adults and youths from the Trinity Lutheran Church of Coleman and raked all my leaves. They did a beautiful job and seemed to be really enjoying themselves. One member even went on my roof to blow some leaves off. When it was all done, they hauled a large amount of leaves off in their wagon. They refused money and said they were glad to help a senior citizen out. When they finished my neighbor's house, they said they did not have time for some treats and soda, as they had two more yards to do. What a nice group. I wish I could list all their names, but I am afraid I would miss somebody. I sure want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
It made me remember my membership in Lions and American Legion which did so much for others. This area has so many church's and organizations that help others, we take it sometimes for granted. We should give them all the praise they deserve.
This country is so divided with political matters it does one good to see all the volunteers out their helping others. People helping people makes you glad to live in America.
Again, I say "Thank You" to all the volunteers.
It appears that social media doesn't want the public to be aware of anything that doesn't fit their political posture. How very sad. Young billionaires with progressive learnings controlling a large portion of news, dictating what the public gets to see. This is no different than the totalitarian propaganda machines of oppressive regimes.
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As an expert on Aquila Resources and their proposed mine site I believe the County can have their preverbal cake and eat it to.
There are many issues in having a County tower on any part of the Aquila mine site.
1. Aquila does not own much of the land within their so-called "mine-parameter". Approximately half of the site is public land leased to Aquila by the Michigan DNR. The remaining portion, where it appears your consultants suggest a tower be built, would not exist if there is a mine as that would be in the open-pit.
2. The mine site plan is constantly changing " and will continue to do so. So planning a tower isn't feasible until the site plan is approved by EGLE. That could be years!
3. No mine is imminent. And, between ongoing and continued contested court cases and almost the almost assured civil litigation; any mine is questionable.
4. As stated in previous documents the mine site would contain known carcinogens, pathogens, toxic waste, heavy metal contaminants, explosives and various other health and safety hazards. These remain long after Aquila would have gone back to Canada.
5. The mining law requires any building and / or infrastructure to be removed after mining. What then?
THE SOLUTION: So what of Aquila's offer? If Aquila is telling the truth and they are going to have a tower anyway why not have Aquila pay for a tower at Shakey Lakes County Park? This way the tower remains accessible, will not move and avoids the health and safety issues associated with the contaminated mine site? Shakey Lakes Park is only approximately 1-mile from the proposed mine site so there would literally be no decline in the service area and Aquila would have a tower to use that they said they're going to have anyway? Even if it cost slightly more the monies Aquila pledged would cover the majority of the cost " a win-win for all involved!
The question I have not seen asked of Aquila is: "do you have the money to build the tower now"? If not, why is the County wasting its time?
Adjacent land owner to mine site,
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