D. Joseph Buys

1016 High Street

Marquette, MI 49855-3609

November 26, 1999

The Mining Journal

Attn: Editor

249 W. Washington St.

Marquette, MI 49855

Dear Editor,

A November 24th Mining Journal front page article cited the City of Marquette was applying for emergency Federal money to move Lakeshore Blvd. I feel this article represents the convoluted thinking of "the City", not its residentsí wishes. It reeks of another county airport move where elected officials made decisions adversely affecting nearly all of us instead of following the wishes of the vast majority of their constituents. The approval process for the 12-story high rise comes to mind. To this day I donít recall talking to anyone who wanted the airport moved or wants to see a 12-story high rise. Furthermore, I donít recall talking to anyone who wants Lakeshore Blvd moved. Whatever happened to representation?

I feel this "spin doctorís delight" distorts numerous facts, presents flawed arguments, and once again does not represent the interest and desires of the majority of our residents. It appears to represent another government institution becoming almost completely unresponsive to the taxpayers and residents whom they are supposed to serve. I feel these are all fake arguments to support what the City has long wanted to do. Let me address some of these issues more specifically:

I love Lakeshore Blvd where it is and feel most other residents, and non-residents feel the same. I ask the City to knock those cursed rocks the City piled there down a few feet so we can see our beloved Lake Superior, improve the existing road, and otherwise leave it alone. I also ask our residents make themselves heard on this issue, and quickly.

Sincerely yours,

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