To the editor:
Just when I thought there would be nothing to write about in this stagnant political climate, I read in The Daily Mining Gazette about (a proposal) to (put) a national veterans' cemetery at the old Air Force Station (on Mt. Horace Greeley).
What a wonderful idea, a veterans' cemetery at the highest point in God's country, the Keweenaw. I can't think of a more peaceful place for one's final rest.
My neighbor, his wife, son and his son's 11-year-old friend came to the Keweenaw this summer. It was the first visit for the 11-year-old, so after touring the Copper Country, I asked him: "What do you think of the Copper Country?" His answer amazed me; keep in mind this is an 11-year-old farm kid from downstate. He said: "It's so peaceful here." I told him, "You are tuned into the things of God."
For those who want jobs in the Keweenaw at any cost, take a trip to Traverse City. That was a peaceful place to visit before the 1980s; then they had to build a walkway over the main highway so people could get to the beach safely.
Am I a little selfish for not wanting the Keweenaw to be overrun by people, motor vehicles and noise pollution? I am sure I'm not alone: Trust me. Having said that, I realize this is the "Copper Country" - mining and forestry have been here way before most of us who live here were even born. I have no problem with those industries.
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Many times, people move from the city to a peaceful place like this and they can't stand the serenity so they get on county boards and committees to make changes to bring the city lifestyle and ideas with them.
I think there should be a rule that a person must live in the county at least 20 years to run for any local government office or be on any committee in a county.
A national cemetery for veterans at the former Air Force Station is very fitting and would be an asset to Keweenaw County.
We have enough liabilities. That would be one down and one to go; if you know what I mean.