Letters to the Editor

Good job done by departing IM superintendent

Bouquet - From Bob Furno, Iron Mountain: Thank you, Raph Rittenhouse, for a job well done as Iron Mountain School District superintendent under difficult and trying circumstances for you and your family. To your credit, you have handled the adversity with class with malice towards none. You ...

Advice for graduates

EDITOR: The greatest gift you can give to society and the human race is to help people realize their potential and how special they are as an individual, no matter their current situation. Every person inside themselves has a positive potential waiting to be awakened. Imagine what kind of ...

Younger people deserve better pay

I recently visited a local fast-food restaurant and I was waited on by an employee with no name tag. I asked this pleasant young woman if she just started and she affirmed that she did and her name tag was not ready yet. She also mentioned that while I might find her at the restaurant in the ...

Remembering those who served during D-Day

On this 75th anniversary of D-Day ... a moment to recognize the service of my father, Joe Parsons. When his number came up in the World War II draft, he departed Trout Lake, Michigan, by rail for Chicago. Mom reminded him over the years that he didn’t have to go when he did ... he had a ...

Employers need to change testing for marijuana

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, I feel that employers must address this matter in a way that is fair for employees. You cannot deny that cannabis is now legal, so let’s stop controlling what employees do after they leave work for the day, by having all ...

GOP complicit in Trump actions

Is the Republican Party corrupting the rule of law? I ask this question because it seems central to the decisions of Attorney General Barr, the actions of President Trump and inaction of the Republican Party. Looking at the actions of the attorney general, it appears he is following the ...

No benefit to US clash with Iran

Iran is not and never will be a threat to the U.S. Why, then, are superhawks U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton beating the drums for the U.S. to invade Iran? The only beneficiaries would be local rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia. Why should we fight ...

Students in Florence again turn out to help

We wrote a letter in the fall about some students from the Florence High School coming to help us rake our yard. When offered money, they said they didn’t want to get paid, that they did it because they just wanted to help. We were so impressed with them we decided to make a donation in ...

Show respect for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us once again. Millions of hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be consumed across our nation. Many look at this day as the “official” start of summer. As we enjoy the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let’s not forget the true meaning of ...

Make calls for climate policy

I’m writing to urge your readers to call our U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman to ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, on June 5, a national call day promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group. Passage of this bipartisan, revenue-neutral legislation will ...

Troubling signs in US leadership

These 14 points were written by Laurence Britt, based on his research on fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet. For your edification, I list them here: 1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism (ostentatious flag displays, bunting, lapel pins, ...

County needs to help fund repairs at senior center

I am a user of the senior citizens center at Crystal Lake in Iron Mountain. There are hundreds of seniors who use the center daily, for pinocle, smear, cribbage, poker, mahjong, quilting, crocheting, knitting, woodcarving, pool, monthly dancing and other social activities. I am extremely ...

Disappointed by cuts in Florence library hours

I am writing in opposition to the decision to drastically reduce operating hours of the Florence County Public Library following the recent incident involving an intruder attempting to enter the school. I truly hope and pray that this is only temporary. As a patron of the library and a ...

Many questions after Trump rally in Green Bay

This past Saturday, at a rally in Green Bay, Wis., the President of the United States said babies are being delivered, found to be healthy and then wrapped in blankets and put into a bed. At that point, the mother and her doctor who delivered the child then sit down and discuss whether or not ...

Talk to your child about tobacco products

This week, April 22-26, is Every Kid Healthy Week, which celebrated school health and wellness achievements. The event recognizes that healthy children are better prepared to learn. As a teacher at a local school, I feel that every week should be Every Kid Healthy Week, because I see first-hand ...

The harm done by parental alienation

Thursday, April 25, is National Parental Alienation Awareness Day. “Parental alienation is when one parent gives a child permission to break the other parent’s heart,” Dr. Amy Baker said on an episode of “Dateline” this past fall. Baker is an expert on the long-term effects of ...

TRICO work continues but not the wood shop operations

The Board of Directors and I announced to our employees last week that TRICO Opportunities Inc. will soon cease production of commercial wood products in our wood products manufacturing facility. A stepped shutdown of the shop operations has been initiated and we implemented initial layoffs in ...

Sad to see many closed businesses in IM area

As my husband and I traveled through the Iron Mountain area over the weekend, it is such a shock to see how many businesses have shut their doors. There is nothing here anymore to keep people in the area. What are these poor people doing for work? I say, pack up and get the heck out of this ...

Sad to see no Easter Dinner

What, no Community Easter Dinner? Not only are we losing generous volunteers but longtime businesses as well. Perhaps the year 2020 will bring hope for a thriving community again. Happy spring is here after a long winter with a lot of ice and snow. A blessed Easter to all.

Cancer Loan Closet needs its equipment back in timely manner

First and foremost, I would like to thank our local community for the continued support and generosity given to our local Cancer Loan Closet. Without you, we wouldn’t exist. You have helped so many people who have been battling catastrophic illnesses and for that you should be commended. ...