Letters to the Editor

Ruled from below the bridge

EDITOR: This message is directed to every citizen (Yoopers) in the state of Michigan and the state of Wisconsin (Green Bay north ). The message is that we “above the bridge” in the Upper Peninsula are at the mercy of those “below the bridge” in the Lower Peninsula. The fact is, we do ...

Auto insurance costs still rising

EDITOR: Did you see the latest on car insurance costs. A whopping $192 dollars per car it will cost you for paying for extreme accident cases. Michigan is by far the highest and only state to have such a thing. We all should be contacting our representatives to finally get this changed ...

Give support to Senate Bill 464

EDITOR: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Michigan for ages 15-34 and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14. Suicide rates among minors increased 57 percent in Michigan from 2004-2013. Among high school students, 17 percent (approximately 2.5 million ninth ...

A time to purify

EDITOR: Every 120 years or so the whole planet Earth changes out the entire population. 8 billion or so! Some go to heaven and some go to hell. The atheist does not believe in hell until he gets there. There are some that believe in a creator and do not believe in hell either. Why is this? ...

Deliver us from evil

EDITOR: Is the issue really gun control? I do own an old British Enfield 303 bolt action rifle. One year my son thought I had a semi automatic but it’s still a bolt action rifle. The clip is modified to hold only 6 rounds. I would agree that the original Constitution, the right to bear ...

Height of hypocrisy

EDITOR: When will Mr. Bergman learn? It must be campaign season. Why else are we suddenly hearing from Representative Bergman almost weekly? In his most recent communication, Mr. Bergman noted that Manistique, Alger, Schoolcraft, and Charlevoix counties were successful recipients of USDA ...

‘I am third’

My stepdaughter read my last Letter to the Editor and said to me, “It’s good but why don’t you write a happy letter instead of politics?” Most of my days, weeks and years are happy, so here is my happy letter. God is first, my family and friends are second and I am third. I am ...

Reasons why guns look ugly

Like the gentleman from Florence, Wis., I, too, am a retired combat veteran. There is a reason why many weapons now look ugly and evil. Up until 1940, all weapons were beautiful pieces of furniture. However, it was found out by all nations at the beginning of World War II that these beautiful ...

Need to base gun rules on facts, not emotions

Slow down. Easy. When we are upset, we members of the human family are vulnerable to jump on popular bandwagons, especially if emotional speeches are made in their support. But the popular emotional argument often is wrong. One of our UP students, Natalie Hansen, a leader of the Gladstone ...

Advised to check for tax deduction

This is for state of Michigan, federal Civil Service and others who retired with public and private pensions: If you turned 62 in 2017 or earlier, check closely on “Pension Schedule form 4884.” You may be overlooking a major deduction on your state taxes. Whether you do your own taxes or ...

So much more to DCHS than financial troubles

I am writing this letter both as a grateful patient and as a proud retiree of Dickinson County Healthcare System. I have been a patient many times at our local hospital and can truthfully say the care has always been exceptional — delivered expertly by well-trained and caring staff. I ...

Fears that protests target all gun rights unfounded

When I saw the kids, and the adults as well, demonstrating across America, I did not fear for my guns or my freedom. When I saw a perverted photoshopped image of one of the girls, made to look like she was tearing up the Constitution, I was very afraid, however. If you believe that those ...

Algebra to figure the White House

EDITOR: I remember way back taking algebra in high school and then, lucky me, again in college. I wondered what use it could possibly ever be to me. Today, I see it might be useful. Bear with me a bit. The White House says they gave President Trump instructions on making a phone call to ...

More does should be taken in hunt

First off, I am a concerned resident, hunter and sportsmen of the U.P. who attended the chronic wasting disease, or CWD, meeting Jan. 7 at the Merriman Sportsman Club of Iron Mountain. I must say that I was very disappointed at what I heard and did not hear. One thing that I did not hear was ...

Penny wise and dollar foolish

In the year 2000, Norway Township purchased a brand-new, one-ton dump truck at a cost of $31,000. The intended uses of this vehicle were for maintenance of the township cemetery, the Vulcan Recreation Park and other appropriate needs of the township. Another use was for the annual spring ...

DCHS battered by challenges

At 7 p.m. March 26, there will be a Dickinson County Commission meeting where the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed sale of our local hospital to Bellin Health. As a member of the DCHS Board of Trustees for more than eight years, I have become altogether aware of all ...

Bills would take away local rules on dog breeding

Michigan Senate Bill 741 (Editor’s note: This bill would prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed; such rules usually have been aimed at pit bull-style or other breeds considered potentially ...

Be on lookout for fraudulent UIA claims

Due to recent large data breaches from a number of well-known sources, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has seen an increase in criminals using stolen identity information to attempt to illegally obtain benefits. Benefits are legitimately available only to individuals who have lost their jobs ...

The fact of Easter

EDITOR: Unfortunately the distraction has begun. You’ve seen it haven’t you? The cute colored “Easter Bunnies” the plastic “Easter Eggs,” the baskets the pastels, and on and on and on. What do they distract us from? The Resurrection! Just think if you lived back in the day when ...

Likes Whitmer for governor

EDITOR: I’ve been following the Michigan Governor’s race closely, and there’s a clear frontrunner. Gretchen Whitmer is the only candidate with the skills and understanding to go into the governor’s office on day one and get things done. Whitmer has been fighting for Michigan ...