Time for a change


I am totally appalled by our city councils of Iron Mountain-Kingsford. They act like two year olds fighting over a prized toy. All they do is bicker

Never mind the fact that we pay some of the highest property taxes in the state of Michigan, a property tax rate that nearly equals Bloomfield Hills & Ann Arbor in a town a fraction the size.

I see self-serving special interests groups. Groups that are more interested in defending their members’ interests and by their actions, harming the general public. By combining services of Iron Mountain-Kingsford, both communities would save 100’s of thousands of dollars in taxpayer monies. Funds that could be freed up to fix the roads or sewers.

With that in mind, since December, I have been mentioned to couple of members of the council to help expand business opportunities in our town buy asking the gun companies to relocate here.

Especially, since, New York, Colorado and Massachusetts have become so anti-gun, and the manufactures have been threatening to move out of their states, so why not move to the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area?

Both members thought it was a great idea, but it was never brought up at the meetings.

What better opportunity to grow businesses and jobs than to seek the gun companies to move to our area?

What have the city councils done – nothing.

Nothing except fight about the police authority.

How hard would it have been to write a couple of letters or make a few phone calls and to ask that we be considered?

Why not send a representative out there to knock on doors? It would not cost much and would it not be worth the effort?

What better place for a gun company than our town? We have experienced workers, iron and wood natural resources, excellent machine shops, rail and highway access, and a very gun friendly populace.

It’s a win-win proposition. Instead of actively trying to find private companies to move to our area, the city councils would rather fight amongst themselves. Not only does it cost us higher taxes, it costs us new well-paying jobs and new tax revenue.

Now it appears we may too late.

Gun makers aim for greener pastures, taking along with them thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenues. Bristol-based high-end rifle manufacturer announced this month, that it would be taking its 40 jobs and $50,000 weekly payroll to Texas; Stag Arms, Sturm, Ruger & Co could soon follow suit, along with Colt’s Manufacturing and Mossberg & Sons.

Meanwhile in Colorado, Magpul Industries, which manufactures firearms accessories and ammunition magazines, employs over 200 people and has over 85 million dollars in revenues, has said, they have no choice but to move to a gun friendly state.

They are considering, Alabama, West Virginia or Alaska where they will be welcomed with open arms.

I have even asked our state representative, Ed McBroom, to get involved and yet still nothing happens. Why not the U.P., why not Iron Mountain-Kingsford?

It’s time to think big if we want to save our town, it’s time for a change.

There are council seats up for election this fall. Let’s make membership changes and get our town moving again.

Mark Wiederrecht

Iron Mountain