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  • News media not the enemy

    Aug 16, 2018

    Recent claims that the media “is the enemy of the American people” should not go unchecked. Such an accusation holds no merit. The First Amendment ensures, among other things, freedom of the press. The founders of our nation knew the perils of a monarch clamping down on the free expression of ideas. A revolution and birth of the nation was aided by the printed word, and the continued molding of a more perfect union over 242 years has been as well. Thomas Jefferson had a contentious relationship with the press. He didn’t always get the cov... Full story

  • Blight enforcement should be consistent for everyone

    Sep 26, 2015

    To the Editor: In regards to the Letter to the Editor of Sept. 12 by David Schaaf, I am commenting on the 40 junkers on display on a piece of property on Cloverland Drive in Ironwood. I, along with someone else, own property and a house next to this property. I have been after the city going on 12 years to do something about this. I have had Jason Alonen (code enforcer), Dennis Hewitt (building inspector) and Scott Erickson (city manager) over to look at this problem many times. Most of these junkers have flat tires, have not run and have been... Full story

  • GCC pool a blessing in era of childhood inactivity, obesity

    Sep 25, 2015

    To the Editor: Most would agree that it is rare these days to see kids playing a game of pick-up-ball, let alone getting exercise of any kind. After all, child obesity rates have tripled over the past 20 years to nearly 20 percent. For 70 local kids, however, the pool at Gogebic Community College has provided them with the opportunity to swim competitively, often swimming five days a week all fall and winter. Last year, the Barracuda Swim Team sent five kids to state competition. As the only lap pool within a 60-mile radius, the GCC pool is... Full story

  • College board to have opportunity to improve pool, commnunity with vote

    Sep 25, 2015

    To the Editor: “Go Bold, Go Gogebic.” What a bold statement Gogebic Community College has made in its new marketing campaign. On Sept. 29, the college board will have an opportunity to do just that, “Go Bold.” The board will make a very bold statement to the community when it decides the fate of its pool. Is the board willing to improve the facility that in 1993 was dedicate to students and higher education, and designed to provide opportunities for balanced physical education, social and recreational activities, or will they close the... Full story

  • Newspaper opinion pages offer a variety of different views

    Sep 24, 2015

    To the Editor: In response to Brett Bockhop’s Letter to the Editor of Sept. 8 on Kathryn Lopez’s columns about Planned Parenthood, newspaper opinion pages are supposed to give different and varying opinions. The choice is up to the reader whether or not to indulge in the opinion of the writer. Cokie and Steve Roberts and Gene Lyons give views that differ from Lopez’s. Generally, a learned person finds it beneficial to sift through a variety of views and form one’s own opinions, based on facts. However, in regard to Bockhop’s comments... Full story

  • Community shouldn't lose GCC pool

    Sep 24, 2015

    To the Editor: When the “Community is taken out of our Gogebic Community College, the college is going to start running into problems. Why alienate the residents of Gogebic County? Gogebic County residents pay 2.8 mills on taxable value of our homes towards operating costs for Gogebic Community College. If the college does not have the backing of the community, next time the college needs money, maybe we should say “no.” The Lindquist Center pool has been operating for 22 years. The community should have been made aware that there are... Full story

  • Will pool decision affect board elections?

    Sep 23, 2015

    To the Editor: Could anyone vote for a board member who voted to shut down the pool? Dr. Robert Aukee Former 18-year Gogebic Community college board member Wakefield... Full story

  • Please save the pool at the Gogebic Community College

    Sep 23, 2015

    To the Editor: The College Board will very soon be making their decision whether or not to reopen the swimming pool located in the Lindquist Center at the college. To close it would be a huge loss to the area. Closing the pool will cost a large sum of money, also so, to fill in and re-purpose the area. The pool is used by a large number of people of all ages. That number could be a lot larger with proper marketing and with the pool being made available more hours to accommodate more of the public. The pool was originally built for the... Full story

  • Lopez column off-base on Planned Parenthood

    Sep 8, 2015

    To the Editor: I would like to complain about the prevalence of the far right-wing opinions that you regularly publish in your opinion page, in particular Kathryn Lopez and her Catholic perspective. For some reason she can’t get off the Planned Parenthood soapbox, even though it has been shown that the right-wing media has trumped up the allegations against it and has manipulated the videos and distorted the facts for their own political and religious purposes. I never see a word in your paper about the 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s... Full story

  • Congratulations to GCC Board of Trustees

    Jul 22, 2015

    To the Editor: Congratulations to the Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees for the renovation of the Lindquist Center. The updated facility reflects the college’s commitment to a vibrant future for the college, its students and its community. While there was no mention of the swimming pool in the Daily Globe article of July 11, I hope that future includes the beautiful, competitive pool that is a key feature of the Lindquist Center. The article does state that “the Lindquist Center was built in 1993 to provide opportunities for physi... Full story

  • Opportunity missed to draw tourists

    Jul 21, 2015

    Letter to the Editor: I believe Ironwood is missing out on an opportunity to draw and hold a category of tourists. That category is RVers. Ironwood’s RV park is Curry Park in front of the fair grounds. It has a very large portion that has no services (designed before modern RV units) and a newer part with 10 spots that have water, electric and sewer. But the electric service supports only 110 volts and all newer RVs are either 20 AMP or 50 AMP power needs. I have recently camped in the newer portion (using a plug adapter), and have seen... Full story

  • Declining bird populations sobering sign

    Jul 11, 2015

    Letter to the Editor: Wow. Loosely quoting from an article in the Globe written by Ryan Brady of the Wisconsin DNR, more than 400 species of birds have been recorded in Wisconsin, and one in three Wisconsin adults say they watch and identify birds at home and away, the second highest rate in the nation. Impressive. For me, whether on a birding jaunt or enjoying them as seen or heard during the day, they are one of the pure joys in life. But then, the DNR writer gave the bad news. “Many (species) have low and/or declining populations,... Full story

  • Court decision erodes sovereignty of states

    Jul 8, 2015

    Letter to the Editor: I am a literate fellow who has a copy of the Constitution of the United States and have recently read it from front to back several times. Nowhere in our Constitution does the word marriage appear. I am utterly dismayed at the recent Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage to become the law of the land. This is appalling. It legitimizes sodomy and perversion. Sodomy was considered a crime not that many years ago and rightfully so. Justice Kennedy cites the 14th amendment as justification for the ruling. Is he perhaps... Full story

  • Why do people purposely hurt or kill animals?

    Jul 7, 2015

    Letter to the Editor: I have often wondered over the years why people purposely hurt or kill animals. For example, the moron who drove off U.S. 51 onto the shoulder by the Gile Flowage to drive through and kill a family of geese. Those same two geese have been coming to the location for years. Now they are all dead, but one. Or like the individual who ran over and killed our family cat on Stateline Road in Kimball. Would it have been so difficult to drive up to the house and say, “I’m sorry, I hit your cat?” Or did you hit it on purpose,... Full story

  • Mercer community deserves digital sign

    Jul 3, 2015

    To the Editor: I would like to clear up some confusion about the proposed digital sign for the Mercer community. I believe most are not aware of how this project developed. The Mercer School has had a strong desire for the past couple of years to get a new sign to help promote the school and community events. It approached the Mercer Chamber to see about a joint venture to share the costs. After many months of talks and the price exceeding $45,000, the chamber decided the cost and the need for the sign was not a good fit for them. A short time... Full story

  • Thank you to United States Postal Service

    Jun 12, 2015

    Letter to the editor: Thank you to the United States Postal Service members who collected donations for “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign in the Ironwood area. Your efforts have helped fill our pantry shelves. Because of your work, we can better serve our patrons. We also thank the very generous people of our area who made these donations. Our sincere thanks from the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry Staff. —Director Tomas Santos... Full story

  • 'Way We Worked' was a wonderful experience

    Jun 9, 2015

    To the Editor: My husband, Rick, and I literally stumbled on a great event — “The Way We Worked: The Gogebic Range” — by accident on Friday, May 29, by finding a newspaper supplement at the Washburn Historical Museum. Taking it back to our camp in Pence, my husband read, with much interest, about all the wonderful events and exhibits the entire Range had in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit of “The Way We Worked.” We were fortunate enough to be able to visit five different sites on the program; Washburn’s Historical Museum... Full story

  • Why shouldn't we consider a three-district program?

    Jun 6, 2015

    Letter to the editor: Most people my age remember stories of parents or relatives when football teams from Marquette, Superior, Iron Mountain and others played the teams from the Iron Range in the 1920s and into the 1990s. They and we kept an eye on local sports pages when in the armed forces or working throughout the country. Men and women from the area exceled in sports, academics and, of course, the military, during our lifetimes. Closing the mines resulted in smaller school populations and less economic opportunity for the graduates of the... Full story

  • County board ignores facts about wolves

    May 27, 2015

    The Gogebic County Board of Commissioners has chosen to ignore facts by passing two resolutions within the past four months, containing false statements about wolves. Both resolutions state, “The overpopulation of wolves is threatening the tourism, recreation and business industries in the Western U.P.”  There is absolutely no evidence to support this claim.  The 2014 U.P. wolf population was 636 animals (down from 687 in 2011) far below the biological carrying capacity.     The International Wolf Center located in Ely, Minnesota... Full story

  • Teachers, students make fantastic school year a reality

    May 16, 2015

    As the 2014-’15 school year draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation for the commitment of the people in Bessemer as a whole, in making another fantastic school year a reality. I want to personally thank our incredible parents and the community for their continued support and involvement. Educating children and preparing them for the future is truly a team effort. I believe we have much to be proud of in Bessemer. Not a day goes by that I do not encounter individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of our students... Full story

  • Fundraiser crucial for Memorial Building

    Mar 28, 2015

    To the Editor: The Iron County Memorial Building Restoration Committee thanks the community for its support of the fundraiser held Sunday, March 22, for the purchase of new tables for the building. The tables are on order and will arrive for the busy season at the hall. Thanks to the area businesses that donated, as well at the Hurley Lioness for providing bakery, area students who shared their talents for the entertainment, and to all the volunteers who helped in their special way. Joe Walesewicz, Kimball, Wis.... Full story

  • Globe's coverage of Olympus was helpful

    Mar 28, 2015

    To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent coverage of the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus. We had a terrific year and we spent a lot of time thanking our sponsors and volunteers, who make it all possible. I am not sure if you ever hear it, but your help with covering the race, before, during and after, is important to the overall success of the race, and for that we thank you. We look forward to working with you in the future and continuing this partnership that will ensure the success of the Ironwood... Full story

  • Dog park unnecessary if owners are responsible

    Mar 18, 2015

    To the Editor: I understand that there is an interest in having a dog park in Ironwood. Who is going to clean up after the dogs? The whole Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin is a dog park. Every day, we walk our little Pekingese at least eight times. If she has to relieve herself (poop), we pick it up. When walking our dog, there is more poop on the streets including the business area. I know there are people who live in the downtown area with a dog, but just pick it up. Some of the other places that are used are the cemetery, which is... Full story

  • Congrats to state champ Bantams

    Mar 10, 2015

    Congratulations to the Bantam B hockey state champion Polar Hawks. The co-op team of 12 players, ages 12 to 15, from the Ironwood Polar Bear and Iron River Ice Hawk hockey clubs went 5-0 at the state tournament in Marquette last weekend, including an 8-0 win over Jackson in the final Sunday. “It was a great showing by our local kids,” said Brian Roehm, of Ironwood, one of three coaches. Great showing, indeed, for a team that had just six combined practices this season. Half of the kids practiced here at the Pat O’Donnell Civic Center in... Full story

  • Record collecting is more than just a hobby

    Mar 6, 2015

    To the Editor: For the masses, phonograph records are no longer vogue, but this writer, and I am quite sure of a certain amount of others, will not give up on them until there are no more machines to play them on. LPs, 78 RPMS, 45 RPMs: I have an significant amount of all three, but it has been a long time since I have played anything but the 45 RPMs, of which I may have hundreds. Whether at rummage sales or at resale stores, I always look for 45s not currently in my collection. At one such sale there was a record entitled “Masterpiece.... Full story

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