Letters to the Editor
Once again we see why those who are on the zoning board members need to be elected.
While I am sure they are attempting to do what they think is best for the taxpayers and residents they represent they are not. I don’t know if it is due to the fact that those on the board don’t have the time to put forth the effort due to not being paid enough ($30 per meeting) and therefore can’t afford to spend the time needed to come up with better solutions or if they figure if they make decisions so outrageous it will get the community to take notice and get involved and express their opinions and get the county board to make rulings that allow those of us who reside in Schoolcraft County to understand what we can and cannot have or do.
Either way the recent passing of guidelines for preventing any windmills in our county and now limits on your right to put something temporary in your own yard has proven what we have is not working and something else needs done.
Both of these zoning issues could and should have been handled differently.
For example the windmill issue could have used Delta County guidelines, windmills have to be 1.1 times the distance from others property lines, structures and so forth.
Windmills will bring in thousands of tax dollars and some part and full time jobs to our county.
These mills will be made in Michigan and the president of the company is from the UP.
As for windmills, if our board members don’t want mills in this county then say it. Stand up don’t hide behind rules that prevent it.
The yard sale could have been written to say no sale can last for more than 60 hours straight. That would force anyone having one to have to put the articles up and bring them back out every three days.
We understand yard sales are time involvement, not many of us want more than one or two a year and most only on weekends however there are families and friends who get together and have week long ones and they benefit both those who have and go to them.
We need more energy sources and renewable and green are coming.
Electric lines are not pretty, but provide a service most want. Technology is here and it’s not a matter of if, it is when something is going to happen or be invented. Wind, solar and batteries are here. It is up to us to make the best of it.
We don’t ride horses use candles or kerosene lanterns anymore.
The times are changing. The future is now. Let’s work together to make it the best possible.
William L. Anderson
Young children in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula deserve the best that we can give them.
The 2014 Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, is a time to recognize the needs of young children and thank the adults involved in their education and care. Parents, teachers, caregivers, and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child™ celebrates their efforts.
We can show support for early learning in our community by promoting early literacy programs, thanking teachers who care for our children, and working to ensure that our public policies support early learning for all young children.
Week of the Young Child is a time to remind us that Early Years are Learning Years.
Judy Place, president
Upper Peninsula Association for the Education of Young