Letters to the Editor

County should back DCHS fund

This is a response to the “County won’t rush DCHS credit request” in the Daily News on Tuesday, Dec. 11. This county board and the previous county boards in Dickinson and Iron counties gave the Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency in the past 30-plus years between $7.5 million- and ...

A suggestion for the DCHS loan

I want to give some perspective on the possible $7 million loan for Dickinson County Hospital. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017 the population of Dickinson County was 25,417. Divide $7 million by the population of the county and you get $275.40 per every man, woman, and child. That ...

The season of giving to charity

EDITOR: This time of year many of us give to a charity. If you are wondering which charity you should give your money to, I urge you to go to chartitynavigator.org. They have an impressive list of national and international charities with a breakdown of how they will spend your money. Great ...

Crime numbers used by both sides

This is in response to the Dec. 5 letter, “Is crime used as a political fraud?” Fraud is defined as deceit, trickery — the act of deceiving or misrepresenting. For the sake of argument, who runs the Justice Department? I believe that would be the person appointed by the president. ...

Online message aims to divide us

On several occasions I have seen an online message that can be “shared” with others. It has two photos. The left one shows Muslim men at prayer in a mosque. The right photo appears to be a 1950s view of children standing with right hand over their heart, as if saying the Pledge of ...

GOP lawmakers play Scrooge on minimum wage

It’s St. Nicholas Day and the Republicans in Lansing just outdid the Grinch and Scrooge with their unconstitutional passage of Senate Bill 1171, amending the 2018 Public Act 237, the so-called “Improved Workplace Opportunity Act, passed on Dec. 4 by a vote of 60-48, with our own state Rep. ...

Urge support for carbon dividend bill

EDITOR: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage our ...

Is crime used as a political fraud?

Fraud is defined as deceit, trickery — the act of deceiving or misrepresenting. Donald Trump and the Republican Party claim crime was out of control during the Obama administration. President Trump claims that electing Democrats will increase the amount of crime. Those are just words. What do ...

Train show set for Dec. 8

It is time again for the Florence County Library Train Show. This is our 10th year. How time flies. I remember the first year, when we were novices and had only a part of the idea. An elderly man won the train and shot out the door without so much as a thank you or telling us his name, leaving ...

Some advice on good piecrust

Now that the election business is over for a couple of years, I can drop a note about something important: how to make a decent pie crust. Well, OK, really good. The history of this is my Danish grandmother, who made lovely, delicate victuals, as opposed to a Belgian grandmother who made ...

No respect for rules of the road

Drivers not following the basic rules of the road have gotten out of control. Almost no one stops completely at stop signs, even when crossing traffic is present. Yield sign are not obeyed, either — some will tap the brake, but many treat them like they are not there at all. A block down ...

Dickinson clerk backs Proposal 3

I am announcing my support for Proposal 3, a statewide ballot proposal designed to remove voting barriers for eligible voters and protect the integrity of Michigan elections. If adopted, the proposal would: — Protect the right to vote using a secret ballot. — Ensure military service ...

Supports Carlson for judge

As your former prosecutor, district judge and current circuit judge, I am proud to endorse Grant Carlson to be our next district judge. I do not regularly endorse candidates. However, I felt compelled under these circumstances. I am familiar with and respect the judicial appointment process. ...

Favors McBroom for state Senate

I am writing to tell everyone why they should support Ed McBroom for state Senate. I got to know candidate McBroom during his first term as a Michigan Representative, which would have been in 2010. Those of you who know me know all about the problem I have had with the Michigan Department of ...

Keep Divoky on FP school board

Deb Divoky was elected to the Forest Park School Board in November 2012 and is currently running for another term of office. Before her election, she was appointed to complete John Harrison’s term of office. Deb has her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University in Chicago ...

Reality of the situation

Many people are unhappy with the current political climate. One major change that says a lot about where we are at is that a hostile foreign power (Russia), along with home-grown right-wing extremist organizations with racist, neo-Nazi, and anti-semitic views are now actively supporting ...

Glad to live in Michigan

My name is Elisha Kitchen. When I was 6 years old, I was hit by a car when I got off of my kindergarten school bus. It was Valentine’s Day 1989. I spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital. I am paralyzed from the neck down and use a ventilator to breathe. I am going to be 36 in December. I am a ...

Stability and progress

On Nov. 6, cast your vote for Lisa Basanese and Robert Langsford, incumbent Iron Mountain School Board members. They have served the district well and deserve your vote so they can continue to assist all the students of Iron Mountain Public Schools. Read the ballot carefully and cast your ...

Optimist and a realist

I am writing this short letter to explain the reasoning behind my decision to vote for Ed McBroom for Michigan’s 38th District State Senate seat. We live in the most interesting of times. Everything has become so incredibly and insanely political, it can be disheartening. Even with all ...

Continue to improve district

In the upcoming election two candidates deserve to be returned to the board. Lisa Basanese and Robert Langsford have done a commendable job in a very difficult time for the district. They were part of the team that has brought the district back to a high level of stability. They both know ...