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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Issue Date: February 9, 2022

Dear Editor:

Long ago and far away there was a land where politics swung left and swayed right yet always met in the center where good decisions were made. The people of the land were included in the decision making and it made their choices stronger and kept the people safe. And the people prospered as they cared for each other and they became the strongest economic and military land in the world.  The land shared these attributes with other lands and called themselves allies. As a result they were able to defeat the greatest threat to freedom in the world. This threat had killed and enslaved millions with authoritarianism, suppression of opposition, the strong regimentation of society and economy, conspiracy theories, suppressed voting and civil rights, and implied or real violence. This threat was called Nazism or fascism. The allied lands defeated Nazism with all the people's ideas as they cared for each other and shared all their resources.

Today the threat has a different name and it is called autocracy which is a system where government is run by one person with absolute power that rises above the constitution and the rule of law and has erased the power of our congress to keep us safe. This crime is being committed in the full view of the people and is even supported by those who chose power over the people. Our allies have seen this threat grow in our land and have agreed with it causing monstrous suffering and death in their own lands caused by their home-grown autocrats.

Is this story a fantasy or a fact? You decide. You are one voter among 331 million who when joined into one people of the land can stand down any enemy foreign or domestic. We are threatened again. We can defend our land as our ancestors did long ago and far away.

Vote out those who don't keep us safe (fire them). Vote in those who keep us safe (hire them). You know who they are. If you don't then notice who voted for or against HR-1 for the people act and HR-4 John Lewis voting rights amendment recently. Their voting is documented in our congressional voting records. We have the constitutional right to fire those who weaken our voting power with their congressional vote. Support American voting rights by voting the heck out of the midterms. Help each other to get there and finish the job. All for one and one for all.

The future of our Democratic nation depends upon each vote (not some votes) being counted.

Bill Blair



Editor:

I would like to make some comments in reference to Mr. Jim Kollross's dated Feb. 2, 2022. In the first paragraph his statement about the Town Board spending tax payer's dollars is incorrect. The Town of Peshtigo IS NOT spending tax payer dollars attempting to remedy the groundwater contamination in a small section of the Town. Fact, all dollars being spent are coming from JCI/TYCO through a negotiated reimbursement agreement. In reference to Mr. Kollross's statement "very few people in the total population of the Town are impacted", approximately 10-15 square miles in the Town has been impacted with approximately 270 homes and 1,100 people, over 25% of the population of the Town as of July 1, 2021 (The number of homes and people comes directly from a quote in WNPR from the law firm heading up the JCI/TYCO settlement).  As far the fact that 3 of the 5 Town Supervisors live within the impacted area. In my opinion this shows their interest in getting involved in town government to help solve a problem that has been plaguing our community. I want to personally thank them for their service.

Additionally, Mr. Kollross's second paragraph is unfortunately wrong again when referencing his understanding that the City of Marinette is/was willing to expend water to the impacted area if they annexed into the City. As reported in the Eagle Herald on July 6, 2021 the Marinette City Council approved a Resolution of "NO INTEREST" in extending water to this impacted area under any circumstances (as Town people attending will tell you). Even after JCI/TYCO offered the City $5,000,000 to do so. Second paragraph, second sentence Mr. Bill Kollross gets it wrong again. Any and all costs associated with bringing clean water to this impacted residents will not cost the Town Tax Payer's one cent. JCI/TYCO has to date never flinched about paying 100% of these costs (100%). This can be found in multiple quotes from JCI/TYCO throughout the last 4 years.

In Mr. Jim Kollross's last paragraph/sentence, surprise, surprise he's wrong again. Per the JCI/TYCO Settlement, the defined settlement area runs from University Drive south to Heath Lane and from the shores of Green Bay to Roosevelt Road. So currently no residents living outside this settlement area (including City of Marinette residents) are part of this settlement compensation.

Jeffrey Lamont

Town of Peshtigo

Peshtigo and Grover School Taxpayers

How I see the issues.

The Middle/High School Building Project and Referendum

Editor:

This letter is the third installment of my Dec. 8 letter to the editor concerning the Middle/High School Building. It relates to the 5th referendum that is sure to happen as soon as the Superintendent and School Board can put it together. This letter is an alternative to what the taxpayers have voted "down" in the last four referendums.

Performance Services, Inc. "PSI" is a company of Engineers whose task is to listen to the School Board, Teachers, Contractors, and concerned citizens of the voting public as to their best solution to the Peshtigo building situation.

Peshtigo has been very lucky because of the last four referendums. The voters have said "NO" to these huge expenditures; essentially saying to the Superintendent and School Board to make due with what you have. I guarantee that sooner or later they are going to succeed with their wants in a referendum. "You", the taxpayer will pay for it. Please understand that your School Board and Superintendent have a lot of their agenda plates besides trying to figure out a positive solution to the building situation. It only makes sense to hand over that job to PSI. Remember, they are the experts at what they do.

For the last 3 plus years, I have been trying to introduce to the School Board and Superintendent, a different type of school building. It is called a concrete dome. For use as school buildings they generally put several of these domes together to form a building complex joined by some type of conventional building. The concrete dome complex is not a new idea. The concept has been built and proved for the last 40 years all over the south, mid, and western states including Wisconsin and Minnesota. The advantages over what might be viewed as normal are many. Here are some of the major items.

-No load bearing walls within the structure.

-Shorter timeline to build.

-The most energy efficient building possible.

-Cost is approximately 20% less than a conventional school.

-Strongest type of building that can be built.

-Best "Green Energy Footprint" due to less material being used.

-Concrete dome longevity is measured in century's, not decades.

-Easy access to each area of the complex.

-Simpler and less cost for heating and cooling equipment.

-Lower maintenance cost.

-Lower insurance cost.

-Community pride in a unique and futuristic school.

-Endorsed and sometimes partially funded by FEMA as "Near-Absolute Protection" in a weather and/or earthquake safe structure.

The only way a concrete dome does not outperform a conventional building is if you have a "Dennis the Menace" and you tell him to go sit in the corner. He may become confused and even that should really not be a problem.

Wisconsin does have a Middle/High School Dome Complex in service for better than 4 years. It services the Johnson Creek School District grades 5-12. Johnson Creek is located halfway between Milwaukee and Madison. There are a lot of similarities between Peshtigo and Johnson Creek, for instance they both are concerned with Middle/High School facilities and have numerous failed referendums. They somehow got it together and started informing the voters of how incredibly valuable an asset of a Middle/High School Concrete Dome Complex would be to the community. One difference between the two school districts in Peshtigo has a larger student population than that of Johnson Creek.

For more outside information contact the following:

-Johnson Creek school District 5-12 Dome School-TSP

-teamtsp.com/portfolio-items/johnsoncreek-school

-Monolithic Dome Institute 972-483-7423 monolithic.com

-South Industries.com 208-754-4422

-TSP Rochester Mn. 55901 507-288-8155 teamtsp.com

-Spencer, Wi. School District Monolithic Dome Project

NOTABLE QUOTE: The quality of a student's education is NOT a result of the building he was class roomed in; But it is the result of his teachers and parents with emphasis on parents??? MJL

Marshall Lund


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