2014-05-08 / Views


Dear Editor,

I recently wrote to a man named Paul Gipe, Wind-Works.org., in which his answer was: “There are no ‘industrial’ wind turbines. There are small wind turbines and there are large. Yours will be large. The word ‘industrial’ is used to negatively portray wind energy. It is deliberately used to attack wind energy. There are no health hazards or toxic fluids that you should be concerned about. The turbines should have a decommissioning bond to remove them when the project is finished.”

Mr. Gipe is Wind-Works.Org, and he answers many of the myths that are being spread around the area, this is the link: http:// www.wind-works.org/cms/index. php?id=101 He even has an article on how communities are divided.

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, I enjoy the clean air, the woods, the fishing, and many activities that we are able to do in one small area of the world. If we do not participate in making this environment a cleaner one, will our children and other generations have the same opportunity?

There has been many scientific studies done on wind farms and they are easily found on the internet today, don’t just take one groups opinion about them, look them up. You can find factual information, not just fearmongering.

When Heritage arrives in June, I hope the whole county will show up to ask questions. These agricultural lands are a prime spot and even puts dollars in our farmers’ pockets. It allows farming right up to the turbine.

They produce good paying union jobs, not to mention all the other construction and excavating jobs that will be hired out locally. All the business that will boom over the next couple years, the monies produced in taxes to help our schools (Big Bay de Noc, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD), county (Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility, veterans, transit, seniors, library, economic development coporation, conservaton district) and township (Inwood).

We need the economic boost. Please people, do a little internet searching, or reading at the library, I’m sure that you will find the truth. We have a product the country needs and I would much rather it be done by a responsible company like Heritage who will work with everyone rather than some other one with a bad reputation.


Jean Anderson


Dear Editor,

Mr. Bates’ recent letter concerning the Garden Peninsula Wind Farm was incorrect or misleading in nearly every aspect. It always bothers me when thoughts and assumptions are put forward as facts so I would like to clear up a few things with some actual facts.

Wind turbines have been operating here for two years, not several, and yes they are worth a visit. You may find them ugly or you may find them majestic.

The fact is, after awhile they simply become part of the scenery that, despite their size, you can actually choose to ignore if you want to.

The for sale signs began increasing in 2009, one year after the economy took a dive. A realtor, who really doesn’t really care for wind turbines, stated they could find no true connection between turbines coming in and a drop in land values or the realty market. Our assessor agrees.

Phase One has 14 turbines. Phase Two could consist of up to 30 turbines, probably less but not 52. They would be south of Garden but spread ever a 12 mile long area.

The village of Garden will not be surrounded by an industrial sized generating facility. Transmission lines will be built, both above and below ground, but no new substation, as the Garden station has the potential capacity to easily handle the additional turbines.

After one year into the post construction bird kill study, with an average of four found per turbine, it is proving, once again, that of all the predators, both natural and manmade, wind turbines are of the bottom of the list.

The economic value to the area, during construction and continuing today with the increased tax base for the township and the royalties being paid to lease holders, is undeniable. In 2013 Garden Township received an additional $72,000 in tax revenue because of the wind farm.

Yes, our friendly community was strained for awhile but neighbors are still friends and, for the most part, have figured out how to work past this.

My clear conclusion to all this is that while it isn’t working for everyone, as a whole, putting wind turbines on the Garden Peninsula was no mistake. And, I believe, the good men and women of our Garden and Fairbanks township boards are quite adequate government representation for our quiet, backwater peninsula. Thank you Delta County for respecting that.

Ron Collins


Dear Editor,

Michigan’s professional biologists say that the wolf population is stable after Michigan’s first regulated wolf hunting season, as the hunt was designed. Department of Natural Resources biologists say that the minimum winter count of wolvesat the low point in their yearly cycle- is estimated at 636 wolves, within the margin of error from last year’s estimate.

It’s no surprise that the hunt had a negligible impact on the overall UP wolf population. It was designed to reduce the wolf population in three small zones of the Upper Peninsula where they’ve killed pets, livestock and hunting dogs, and to use public hunting to make wolves more wary of people.

Hunters harvested 22 wolves, almost all within five miles of a depredation site.

Of course, it’s also no surprise that the extreme activists opposing the wolf hunt, no matter what the science says, are using the same population estimate to call the wolf population “fragile,” when actual professional biologists are calling it “stable.” That’s why we need to manage fish and wildlife with sound science, not talking points.

The Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act will make sure that we make those decisions on the basis of biology by allowing the Natural Resources Commission to name game species and issue fisheries orders, and require them to use sound science when making those decisions. It also provides $1 million to fight Asian carp and keep hunting and fishing licenses free for our troops.

I have already signed the petition to initiate this law, and I encourage my legislators to vote for it when hundreds of thousands of Michigan citizens as you to vote for it. We need to make fish and wildlife decisions with sound science, not sound bites.

Tony Demboski president, UPSA

Quinnesec, Mich.

Dear Editor,

National Nurses week is held every year beginning on May 6 and ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

I would like to take this opportunity to hone the talented and compassionate nurses who serve patients and their families through Schoolcraft Memorial HomeCare and Hospice.

Nurses are people who have the gift of combining science with compassion and care. Our nurses, and nurses throughout the community, make a difference every day not only through the medical care they provide but also through the hands they hold and the hugs they give.

Nurses touch more than the lives of their patients, they provide comfort, peace and confidence through the good times and the bad.

At Schoolcraft Memorial HomeCare and Hospice, we are truly appreciative of our nurses’ uncompromising commitment to provide quality care for our patients, their families and our staff. Please join me in recognizing and thanking our community’s nurses for all they do.

In particular, I would like to send a special thank you to the nurses of Schoolcraft Memorial HomeCare and Hospice: Vicki Dalgord, Kathy Peterson, Jennifer (Taylor) Ziminski, Peg Austin, Lori Sundling, Julia Toennessen, Julie Pistulka and Danielle Swayer. Thank you for the amazing work you do!

Kristen Peterson, Director

Schoolcraft Memorial

HomeCare and Hospice

Dear Editor,

Has anyone seen Democrat Jerry Cannon who is challenging Congressman Dan Benishek in the November election?

Last January, Mr. Cannon did an interview with Garrett Neese, a reporter for the Daily Mining Gazette, to discuss his run for Congress. Mr. Neese recorded the interview, and followed up with Mr. Cannon the next day as he wanted his position on Obamacare that wasn’t covered in the initial interview.

According to Mr. Neese, the phone call was answered by someone whose voice sounded the same as Cannon’s. Mr. Neese then asked Jerry Cannon his position on Obamacare. Mr. Cannon then retorted: “I don’t like Obamacare. It’s been a disaster for me. I want to go back to the way it was before.”

The article was published reflecting the previous interview, along with Mr. Cannon’s new revelation on Obamacare. Now, take into account that the national Democratic Party led by President Barack Obama and San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi supports Obamacare and Mr. Cannon stands to receive much of his funding for his campaign from Obama and Pelosi’s coffers.

After the article was published, the Cannon campaign called the Daily Mining Gazette asking them to edit the Obamacare comment, and further stated that wasn’t Jerry Cannon on the phone, and the anti-Obamacare quote was not true.

It appears that this devastating anti-Obamacare comment reached national Democrats and for the first time the Cannon campaign was now on damage control within its own Democrat circle putting at risk much needed campaign funding.

All this happened in January and still today we are not sure if Jerry Cannon has an evil twin who answers his phone calls, or simply has a real problem with the truth even if it told better.

As of today, Cannon has fell off the media radar screen, and just as elusive as his evil twin, we have not heard whether Obama and Pelosi’s pick to be our congressman actually supports Obamacare.

Is Cannon willing to say or do anything to get elected?

What we do know is the voters here in Upper Michigan deserve to know Mr. Cannon’s true position on Obamacare, as it is highly unlikely anyone has access to Mr. Cannon’s cell phone or his campaign pressuring a local paper to edit his quotes.


Paul Walker


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I am in contact with Cannons

I am in contact with Cannons office campaign and receive his newsletter. Last I looked he was leading Ben for himself.