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Need to think before posting on social media

EDITOR: I, a very proud American citizen, was one of the lucky ones; I was born in this great country.  This is the only country I have ever lived in, even with its faults I know it is the best country to live in, without any doubt. No individual country can be perfect, due to the fact that ...

Time is now to return wolf control to states

EDITOR:With the election cycle coming to an end, it is time for Congress to tackle the looming gray wolf problem in the Great Lakes states. To put it plainly, the federal government has failed residents of the Great Lakes region on this issue and it is time to come together to delist the wolf ...

Disappointed by hate in election

EDITOR:I am deeply saddened to realize that there is so much hate in our country. Donald Trump is an equal opportunity hater, and was able to capitalize on that in order to become elected.Some people hate blacks. Some people hate Muslims. Some people hate gays. Some people hate Latinos. Some ...

Thanks to voters for supporting veterans office

EDITOR:Thank you. This last week brought to veterans the gratitude and respect Dickinson County residents have always felt. This time it came in a very tangible way.On election day, Dickinson County voters passed, with more than 60 percent of the vote, a millage that will, for the next 10 ...

Democrats failed working class

EDITOR:I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hillary Clinton and President Obama for helping to elect Donald Trump.The bureaucrats in Washington have written regulations and forced them on us as law and President Obama wrote hundreds more with the stroke of his pen.President Obama ...

Clarifying letter about band show

EDITOR:I need a clarification on the Bouquets and Barbs printed in Nov. 5 edition. It should have read:A round of applause for Mr. Shirk, director, and band members for the spectacular halftime show and fireworks at the Kingsford-Gladstone football game at Flivver Field. One of the best ...

Remembering veterans’ service

EDITOR:In every generation, the world has produced enemies of human freedom. They have attacked America because we are freedom's home and defenders. The commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time.As we embrace and celebrate Veterans Day, we pay tribute to and remember the American ...

Veterans Day should be day off

EDITOR:I served in the Army for three years, I fought in 'Nam for 1 1/2 months, got wounded, spent four months in hospitals, returned back to the Army and finished out my three years. I got out in 1969 and I've never had Veterans Day off, never, until I retired. I think that stinks.Jim ...

Where are the jobs?

EDITOR:There seems to be two primary theories that explain our job losses in manufacturing: one, manufacturing moved to the low wage countries; and two, computers, robots, and mechanization have displaced labor. The Republican political dialogue seems to say or imply jobs were mainly lost to ...

Tiny bug threat to beech trees

EDITOR:American beech trees are definitely unique-looking with their smooth grey bark and long-toothed leaves. Their spiny seeds feed a variety of animals such as black bears, opossums, squirrels, deer, turkeys, and many more birds and small mammals. However, there is a miniscule invader that ...

Doss stuck by beliefs under fire

EDITOR:It was Emerson who said, "Whosoever be a man must be a non-conformist." The factual movie "Hacksaw Ridge" was released Friday. It is the true story of Desmond Doss and a battle fought at Okinawa in WWII.Doss would become the only conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient in the ...

Disputed figures over Iron Mountain finances

EDITOR:Abraham Lincoln once said, "In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed."We are facing a very important election Tuesday, both nationally and locally. In our country, it is the president who sets ...

Individual choice, not political party, to blame for abortions

EDITOR:I have siblings who plan to vote for Trump because they actually believe Democrats like to kill babies; we are all Catholics. Somewhere along the line, they have forgotten that God gave each of us a conscience and a free will. They have also forgotten that the president and Congress are ...

Wake up and vote for Trump

EDITOR:This is not only the most important election of my lifetime - I believe it is the most important in the history of our country.Since JFK, I have voted for Dems and Republicans, whomever I thought was the best man for the job. JFK and his brothers were tomcats, but the media pretty much ...

Dianda endorses Celello for House

EDITOR:I am writing to express my full support for Scott Celello as the next state representative for the 108th House District. As the current state representative for the western U.P., I know the type of hard work, commitment and experience you need to do this job. Scott Celello holds these ...

Dad says vote for Michalsen

EDITOR:I am hoping voters will support my son, Matt Michalsen, for the 34th District Assembly; he started his grassroots campaign months ago, and now the election is coming up fast. If I may tell you a little about my son, he is 27 years old and currently employed at Lakeland Union High School ...

Denying the reality of what abortion is

EDITOR:Arguing with those who are pro-abortion is a waste of time. Many are blinded by Satan. It's murder. If you plant the seed of potatoes, you get potatoes. If you plant the seed of humans, you get humans.The following three things are the crux of the issue: 1. Killing of babies, 2. Public ...

Get informed and get out to vote

EDITOR:This election is just days away and we must make an informed choice. Hillary Clinton brings up two issues that sound good, but we should get answers on her two promises before we vote.First is free college. No matter what you get for free, someone has paid for it. Colleges must pay ...

US citizens have grown too passive

EDITOR:As a citizen of this country, the United States of America, I can no longer sit by and passively watch my nation being destroyed by a government that is passive and has no backbone. There are evil people in this world that want this country to fall. Where is all the Silent Majority?This ...

Questions where Bergman lives

EDITOR:Seems to me that a person who is running to represent Michigan's 1st Congressional District ought to want to live here. Now the Republicans claim Lon Johnson lives in Detroit. Not so. He was born in Rockwood, Mich., and lives in a nice residence in Kalkaska County, not a rundown fishing ...