Island grateful for dredging funds
On behalf of the town of Washington, we would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to state Rep. Garey Bies, Sen. Frank Lasee and Gov. Scott Walker for supporting and funding the Detroit Harbor dredging project through the funnels of the Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program.
As I'm sure everybody who reads the local newspapers is aware, Washington Island's predominant way of access is by ferry boat only.
As lake levels have continued to decline over the past years, it has been almost impossible at times for the ferries to access Detroit Harbor safely without hitting bottom. The ferry operation actually had to be temporarily relocated to a different dock this past winter because the only winter ferry, the Arni J. Richter, couldn't make it into the harbor because of low water.
The fear is that lake levels could decline even more, creating even a bigger problem for Door County's only year-round Island community.
There's no doubt that tourism is the main staple and lifeblood for Washington Island's survival from an economic point of view. If not for the stability of year-round ferry service, the Island would not survive as it does today.
This dredging project is much needed and long overdue. It has not been touched or maintained since its original creation in 1939 by the federal government.
In closing, the town of Washington and specifically the Town Board would like to sincerely thank everybody who has made this project a reality and come to fruition.
Town of Washington
Justice system has spoken
What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about the Martin-Zimmerman case? He always thought, or wanted, a person to be judged not by their skin color, but by their marks in society.
At 17, Trayvon Martin hadn't had much time to make his mark. George Zimmerman, around for not much longer, now would like to pursue a law career.
I think this was a self-defense case. Zimmerman did what he needed to do to survive after being attacked by Martin.
Maybe, if the education community and future clients give him a chance, Zimmerman could redeem himself, in the eyes of some people, as a lawyer.
Being a religious man, I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would want us to move on and enjoy life for Trayvon Martin, and support George Zimmerman in future pursuit of a law career.
Keep the traffic light on highway
Dear Department of Transportation:
You've got to be kidding. Didn't the temporary stoplight at Wisconsin 42/57 and Egg Harbor Road prove to be a good thing while the bridge was being repaired? Why not bring it back permanently?
For me, (an old-timer like many others), roundabouts are somewhat confusing. What if another super store or shopping mall is built where Kmart used to be? More traffic. Let's not consider just the tourists, if that's your intention.
I'll bet the farm that more accidents happen in roundabouts than at stoplights in spite of your statistics. Please reconsider your plan.