Letters to the Editor

Special steel should work fine

To the Journal editor:

Concerning the controversy over the color of the stacks on the new Marquette Board of Light and Power power plant, Cor-Ten steel was used to build the Daley Center and the Picasso sculpture on its plaza in 1967.

It has aged gracefully and is maintenance free. Check it out the next time you visit Chicago’s Loop.

Rik Moilanen


Look overseas for health model

To the Journal editor:

Pre-existing conditions make me sick! I was born, therefore I have a pre-existing condition automatically. It’s called life.

If I were an insurance company, you would pay me $500 a month. If you stay healthy, then we’re all happy. If you get sick, you can just float away on an iceberg.

That president guy says, “Who knew health care would be so complicated?” Everyone but you, mister.

Look at Europe for health care models. A Swiss man said if one family goes bankrupt for health care costs, it would be a national disgrace.

I’m also sick of hearing, “But they pay such high taxes.” Yes, they do, but when all’s said and done, they can nevertheless afford a nice vacation every year.

Oh, and you say “They have to wait a long time for care.” That’s true if you want a (breast) enlargement. But heart attack treatment is available right away.

Good health to us all.

Susan Harris Braamse


Alcohol, teens do not mix

To the Journal editor:

High school graduation will soon be here. And with graduation come open houses and other parties. And with parties often comes drinking.

I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands.

Some parents may be tempted to let teens have “just one drink,”–especially since they’re in a “safe” place with adults around. But when it comes to the developing brain of children and teens, there is no safe place for alcohol.

Science shows the human brain is not fully developed before the age of 21 and is far more prone to addiction. In fact, 90 percent of people who struggle with addiction started using before age 21.

Ninety percent. Nine out of 10.

If we can keep our young people from drinking before 21, it can make the difference between a future filled with the struggles of addiction and one full of success and accomplishment. And really, what better gift could we give our graduates?

Linda Remsburg

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development