Letters to the Editor

Single-payer health insurance not the answer

Many people claim that we are the only free democratic nation without national single-payer health insurance. To me, that is a pleasing fact. Most of these countries can and often do bury news that is unsettling or just plain bad publicity for them. Our country has done it, also —one point ...

Thomas column offended reader

EDITOR: I was deeply offended and even more disappointed by your publishing the disgraceful anti-Muslim editorial: “Hungary sets a good example on immigration and taxes,” by Cal Thomas (Daily News, Friday, Sept. 8). I am a proudly devout Muslim, an immigrant, a graduate of Iron Mountain ...

Political system has gone wrong

Our political system no longer works. First, when the Democrats are in office the Republicans do everything they can to block what they want to do. Same when the Republicans are in office, the Dems do everything they can to block them. It is all about the “Party.” They both want to be in ...

Back 40 would benefit region

EDITOR: As communities across the Great Lakes are rediscovering their roots in mining — an industry that is significant to our heritage, central to our culture and vital to our economy — I would like to provide an update on the Back 40 project. Over a decade ago, an area in Lake ...

On distribution of wealth, again

EDITOR: My wife recently noticed there was a rebuttal to my letter dealing with redistribution of wealth in America. Reading that rebuttal caused me to realize I did not explain my thoughts clearly. Where I went wrong was in not remembering my age and how long I had been in the workforce. ...

A call for Rep. LaFave to fight Back 40 mine

EDITOR: I am writing this letter so that everyone may become informed about the Back 40 Open-Pit Sulfide Mine and how, if allowed to proceed, it could destroy our way of life forever and the Great Lakes freshwater ecosystem should a disaster occur. I, like many others, am very concerned about ...

Endangered species law at risk

I am writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law. The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the law in ...

Empathy needed for those who have trouble breathing

There seems to be a smoke issue in the area. Fire pits and meat and fish smokers in heavily populated neighborhoods are just not used due to many respiratory problems among the very young and the elderly, like COPD, chronic bronchitis, cancer and allergies. A lot of oxygen users, also. We ...

Are we descending into tribalism?

The progress towards inclusiveness along racial and religious lines that seemed to be slowly happening is being tested. We are becoming more selective in our treatment and accommodation of various non-Caucasian and non-Christian groups, not based on good data but largely on fear. We seem to be ...

Sad to see support persists for white supremacists

Someone said to me recently, “You’d be surprised how many people are Nazi sympathizers.” Sadly, I am not surprised. I am old, and I have personally witnessed white supremacy actions and words over many decades. Sometimes these are so subtle it is easy to shrug it off, thinking that ...

Legion, VFW seeks public’s help on project

American Legion Post 325 of Goodman, Wis., and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7444 of Armstrong Creek, Wis., are asking for help from the public. A mutual project has begun to identify all deceased veterans who were awarded Purple Heart medals and those who were POW-MIA. We have names in our ...

On distribution of wealth in US

Though this may come as a surprise to those who read my letters, this time, I have an abbreviated thought. There are approximately 300 million people in this country. The richest one-tenth of 1 percent would be about 3,000 people. Now, I do not know the total amount of money in all forms ...

A better deal needed on NAFTA

In preparation of NAFTA negotiations starting Wednesday, the Trump administration released an official list of objectives for the new agreement that has some senators saying it looks like a “watered-down version of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) proposals.” The president even recruited the ...

Another call for NAFTA overhaul

Our community knows all too well that NAFTA is in need of a serious overhaul. Although President Trump has called it “the single worst trade deal in this country,” he has since said he only wants to “tweak” it. The lopsided trade arrangement benefits multinational corporations and ...

Social Security ‘borrowing’

EDITOR: I am not a Republican or Democrat I’m an Independent. To me this is ridiculous. The government under George Bush “borrowed” from the Social Security funds. To me the phrase “to borrow” means at some point in time the funds will be returned with appropriate interest. The ...

Spending more, but getting less

EDITOR: Recently I attended a town hall meeting with a lower Michigan Republican congressman. He made the statement that every member of Congress gets a campaign contribution from Blue Cross. Other health insurance companies, I suspect, have also bought and paid for our Congress. Of the 35 ...

Michigan vets shut out of camp

EDITOR: This letter was sent to state Rep. Beau LaFave, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — For the past five years our veterans group from the Oscar G. Johnson veterans hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan, has been ...

St. Mary cancels salad luncheon

EDITOR: The good ladies of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway announce with regrets the annual Garden Salad Luncheon will be cancelled this year because of a sewer back-up in the kitchen due to construction. The rectory has also suffered some damage. Relocating this time-consuming work ...

Public should have same health plan as Congress

EDITOR: Trump and the Republicans in Congress placed a losing bet on repealing of the Affordable Care Act. Now they hope that it will fail, leaving millions of Americans without health insurance. Funny, they can’t agree on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but they have no problem ...

Simple solutions to problems in Washington

I recently got a letter from U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. It seems he wants to cut funding to health research. That would be money for research to the people trying to cure cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and myriad other ailments. The reason he does not want to spend money on this is so we ...