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Issue Date: March 3, 2022

Editor:

Ukraine sent 5000 troops to our war in Iraq. Ukraine had the third largest coalition contingent in Iraq, 1700 troops, from 2003 to 2005. 18 Ukrainian troops died in Iraq. Ukraine sent troops through the NATO mission that supported our war in Afghanistan. When we asked for help, Ukraine helped us. I served with Ukrainian troops at U.S. Central Command from 2004 to 2006. They were loyal allies of our nation.

Now Ukraine is being invaded by a despot, Vladimir Putin. Our friend, Ukraine, is calling for help.

Some in our nation have a very short memory. Not many years ago Ukraine and the other nations in Eastern Europe were occupied by Russia. Russian troops that invaded to defeat Hitler never left. Eastern Europe remained a prisoner of totalitarian Russia until the Soviet Union fell apart in the early 1990s.

Putin's success in Ukraine will lead to more invasions in Eastern Europe. Social media and nuclear weapons make the war in Ukraine a war next door for the United States.

Putin is the Stalin of our era. What will our nation do? Will we congratulate Putin as Donald Trump has done? Or will we assist Ukraine as Ukraine assisted us?

Jason Maloney,

Peshtigo



Dear Editor, 

It is past time for the Marinette County Board to take an active role in the PFAS crisis in Marinette County. Several hundred more or new letters were sent out last week by Arcadis for Ansul/Tyco/JCI informing the "neighbors" that get them they are eligible to get bottled water delivered because they live close to a field where bio sludge was spread.  It was many years ago.  I got four letters. There is no mention of testing of our wells or much of anything else to reassure us that anything is being done quickly or even planned other than the statement "abundance of caution while the environmental investigation is ongoing."  How many years now has the "ongoing investigation" been going on?  How long will it continue? How often should the wells be tested is another big question after all PFAS is the "forever" chemical?  I am hearing not all my neighbors got letters. I wonder how many folks they missed?  The letter does state Tyco is paying for the service. I asked the lady that answers the phone at Arcadis if/when they will be testing our wells. She did not have an answer.

 As far as I am concerned Peshtigo and Marinette are responsible for spreading the bio sludge so they bare some of the responsibility for the problems around the 60+ fields. Not knowing is no excuse in a court of law.  Ask Ansul/Tyco/JCI what they think about this. I bet JCI did not know when they bought Tyco and I doubt Tyco knew when they bought Ansul. Oops?

 Marinette County should be concerned because of property values and tourism not to mention all us voters/tax payers that have been drinking the water for many years. The Marinette County Lake Noquebay County Park is in the bottled water zone.  So is a county building used by the parks employees.  How many visitors have drank out of the water bubbler on the bathroom building by the beach? The county used to have a well with a big green hand pump that had a drinking fountain on it near the changing building/bathroom building on the beach. Kids loved to pump it and get water.  People even used to fill their jugs to take water home. It has been gone for several years but was still there for many years before the problem was made public. I brought this all to the attention of the County Administrator a couple years ago. He did nothing. Why?  

 Is there PFAS in any of our lakes?  Two fields I know of are fairly close to Lake Noquebay. I suspect some of the other fields are close to lakes. Yikes!  All the fields are by human beings.

 Come on Marinette County Board, Peshtigo and Marinette as it is past time to step up to help the people of the county and tourists that you want to come spend their money here.

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch,

Town of Lake

 

Editor:

How is the "Build Back Better" working out for everyone? It doesn't really matter if you are conservative or liberal, we are all getting thrown under the bus by the globalist regime in modern Babylon (Washington DC).

They have taken away our oil independence, while importing 500,000 barrels a day from Russia at a cost of $50 million a day, then putting economic sanction on them for invading Ukraine. Makes sense.

Pelosi, under globalist orders, is trying with her Jan. 6 committee to show the world that Trump once again is out to destroy the country, much like the Mueller investigation.

There were some notable insurrections in the past, France 1789, Russia 1917.

You can hardly call it an insurrection when all people did was break windows and rough up a few guards. No one had guns, burned anything, took hostages or killed anyone other than the police who murdered two innocent women.

Don't kid yourselves folks, there are those with unlimited wealth who dictate policies here and abroad, and there are many who gratefully serve them for fame and fortune.

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind, Hosea 8-V7.

Respectfully,

Robert Davis,

Town of Peshtigo



Dear Editor:

You might be asking "what has the current administration done for me in the last year'?

Actually they have done a lot.

-Pandemic relief bill 1.9 trillion saving millions of life's with barely enough bipartisan votes

-Infrastructure bill 1.2 trillion providing a roaring economy saving millions of jobs with huge bipartisan votes. This has led to one of the most powerful economic comebacks in American and world history

-the largest gross domestic product growth in 2021 since 1984

-an American economy which is hot in recovery

-layoffs and unemployment at pre-pandemic levels

-401k investments increasing

Now ask yourself "what has the stalled senate done for me in the last year to meet my kitchen table problems'. The obvious answer is not enough. Let's never forget that we have been squeezed by the deliberate actions of the former administration and are being helped by the current administration.

A hot market with a stalled supply chain caused by a worldwide pandemic means that supply cannot meet demand and prices increase with inflation. So the feds will increase borrowing interest rates to water the market heat down.  And we will pay more for our stuff for a while.

If you want quick relief from the unavoidable inflation, call your stalled senate and ask that they go to work and do their jobs every day like we all do.  Point out that swift legislation could help us with our "kitchen table' issues such as food, gas and other essentials of life.  Finally inform them that taking away our votes, spreading big lies and playing the blame game is no match for working hard every day for positive results. Also warn them that blame campaigning to cover up zero or negative productivity is no excuse. In short give us a good reason to vote you back in because you finally ditched the rhetoric and have decided to help us with swift effective legislation.

The solution for inflation isn't up to one man or half of congress. This is the deadly serious responsibility of the total congress working to help all Americans. Just as I must "show up and vote' so must every senator in order to keep a healthy democracy working for all Americans.

I am reminded of an old story of how the first colonists arrived in America and dropped the anchor. They began to unload cargo and work on their mutual survival. At the end of the day they all sat down to supper and some wondered why their supper plates were empty. Their captain asked each "what work did you do today'? when the answer was' nothing' the captain said "No supper. Maybe tomorrow you will work for your supper'.

Bill Blair,

Menominee

Dear Editor:

It appears that some Town of Peshtigo residents are "exploring Annexation to the City of Marinette" (recent Letter to the Editor).  Also, recent advertisements from JCI/Tyco (responsible party for TOP PFAS) appear to now want all to speed to a water solution for a fraction of the contaminated population. As residents within the area JCI/Tyco has taken responsibility for (Area 1A, University Ave to Radar Road and Roosevelt Road to Green Bay), we offer some context. Tyco/JCI knew of the contamination five years before testing even began in the TOP (see Department of Justice referral for failure to report). Three years ago, JCI/Tyco announced they would provide a City of Marinette water line extension to Area1A residents, although no actual agreements had been made or initiated. In July 2021, JCI/Tyco's Chief Sustainability Officer (Katie McGinty) announced JCI/Tyco was "shovel-ready' for a long-term-safe-drinking-water option, yet no plans or permits had been submitted (all are subject to DNR and Public Service Commission approval). Are JCI/Tyco's solution claims different this time around (still without DNR approval)? JCI/Tyco is responsible for the full contamination area, not just the smaller Area1A contamination. Organizing to annex is absolutely within residents' rights and JCI/Tyco is urging residents to make decisions "for their own benefit, for their own future" we would like to offer up a different resident perspective that takes into account personal AND community interests.

 1) Why would Area1A residents trust the word of the corporation who kept the contamination secret, has not followed through on any long-term promises, and continues to deny responsibility? Who benefits from a "Divide and Conquer' strategy? Not residents.

2) Annexation is not guaranteed. The city needs to accept the annexing properties and infrastructure costs. Residents could be forced to connect (at their own expense). Annexation would also result in increased annual property taxes (approximately $1000 MORE per $100,000 assessed value) with reduced land usage options (no burning, hunting, discharging of firearms, ATV or snowmobile usage to name a few).

3) All impacted residents deserve an equal solution to clean water. Recent resident and JCI/Tyco messaging (editorial and newspaper ads) propose a hybrid of City of Marinette municipal water and deep wells for properties; yet deep wells are not considered a long-term safe option by the DNR because they could be contaminated in the future.

4) Another point to consider is the impact on all the other people living outside Area 1A but still within the PFAS-contaminated expanded investigation area. Are we willing to push for a solution for some even if it would make long-term safe drinking water more difficult for others to receive?

 Who benefits from a divide? Not our community. Not our residents. Yes, JCI/Tyco. 

Dean and Kayla Furton

Stephanie and Bill Betts

Jeff Hasenfus

John and Ruth Kowalski

Jeff and Cheryl Lamont

Robert and Laurie Olsen

Trygve Rhude 

Brian and Cheri Sievert



Editor:

Re: Back Forty Mine proposal

In the recent news articles the representative of the Colorado mining company tried to point out the positives that such a mine would bring to the area.

He failed to point out that the mining company would still be using millions of gallons of water per day from the Menominee River and its watershed to wash mining wastes and chemicals down river into Green Bay.

As a representative of the mining company he is paid to support and defend this mining proposal. Of course he would not point out any negative impact upon the river, the properties impacted along the river, and the wells and drinking water, including that of Marinette and Menominee.

The National Geographic in a recent lead article on the Great Lakes stated that the two most polluted areas of the Great Lakes Erie and, guess what - Green Bay.

We can no longer afford to use our streams and rivers as sewer systems, washing our wastes down river to our neighbors. The world is beginning to run short of clean, usable water.

We of the "Coalition to Save the Menominee River" are all volunteers. No one is paid a cent to try to protect this watershed. Instead we use our time and resources voluntarily. Some have invested hundreds of hours and dollars in this effort.

Climate change is beginning to change our area. Severe drought is already affecting several areas of our world. It remains true: No water, no life.

Do your own cost/benefit analysis of using the river and watershed for such a sulfide mine.

What is your conclusion?

Ken Michaelis

Porterfield


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