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Issue Date: September 2, 2020

Dear Editor,

Low Land Will ALWAYS Flood

Water levels at Red Arrow Beach and the "flats" area of Menekaunee have shown dramatic swings for my entire lifetime and also for the generation before that.   Currently, we are (again) at a record high.  However, given recent trends, it is entirely possible that this record will also someday be broken.    Recall that C & H Trucking (Chuck Dettman) was retained to build a levee in the east end of Marinette in 1972.  It was to be a "permanent" solution to the then-record-setting high water encroaching on Menekaunee homes.  Clearly, that very expensive effort has failed.  The fact is that, whether from heavy rain or from storm surge, low land will always flood. 

It is not the responsibility of government to save private property that is repeatedly subject to flooding.  Precedents abound up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline where property has been simply lost to flood or erosion.  At the end of the day Mother Nature always wins.

It is time to see this for what it is.  Emotions should not be allowed to hinder objective analysis of this problem.  The Korchak property was low land when it was acquired and it will always be low land.  Temporary solutions like pumping and sandbagging are a waste of taxpayer money.  So too,  yet another "permanent" taxpayer solution would cost many times more than the property is worth.  Instead, to be fair to both the taxpayers and the property owner, the only logical (permanent) answer is a buyout.     Both state and federal grants are available to buy flood-prone properties.   Depending on the expertise of the grant writer, moving expenses and demolition can also be covered.   If Representative Nygren is willing to help, THIS is where he should be directing his efforts.

David Peterson



Dear Editor,

Hope for a better future is something that keeps me going. But over the past few months and years optimism has seemed to be in short supply to me. However, getting to know Karl Jaeger and learning about why he is running for the 89th District Assembly has provided me with renewed hope in our politics and our potential leaders.

Karl wants our communities to be better; for ourselves, for our families, for those who will come along in the future. Yes, there are many positives about the 89th District, and shouldn't we strive to capitalize on those positives to improve where we live? We live in a watershed that is one of the most valuable resources on Earth, the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are just that, great, and the water that flows through them should be treated as such. The water of the Great Lakes that we fish in, swim in, find comfort in, needs to be protected from PFAS and other harmful contaminants that impact our water.

Lake Michigan is a dominant feature in the 89th District, but it is the people of this district that Karl wishes to represent. Karl's empathy toward others shines, he believes that we are only as successful as our most marginalized. He wants to lift people up, give them access to the benefits of the 89th by supporting K-12 public education and post-secondary education. Not only improving access to education, Karl also wants to increase access to health care for residents by expanding Medicaid. Education and health care can improve the lives of many and Karl is a strong advocate for both.

Why should we settle for less than ideal? Why should we settle for just okay? Why not strive to be the best that we can? Karl is willing to lead us to be the best that we can, to give us access to tools that will get us there, to protect the resources that are so much of what makes the 89th District home. I will be honored and excited to cast my vote for Karl Jaeger in November, I would love to see many, many more do the same and renew our hope for the future.

Scott Reilly


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