Letters to the Editor

Worried about ‘vaping,’ e-cig use by students

I am the mother of three, employed as a community health specialist, and am a former employee of the Florence County School District. I know that teachers are used to dealing with disruptions in the classroom — things like passing notes, using cell phones, talking out of turn, etc. Now, ...

What will be the cost to send immigrants back home?

I watched several Sunday morning news shows where the topic was Temporary Protective Status. This is granted to people who are in danger in their own countries and have been admitted to the United States for protection from anything from natural disaster to a situation where their lives were ...

Wisconsin wolf plan no solution

It turns out, the wolves of Wisconsin belong to all of us. So we watch from far away as Wisconsin legislators debate their newest, most atrocious attack on wolves. The essence of AB 712 and SB 602 is “let’s just not enforce the law, and let wolf poaching happen.” Right now, ...

Special interests won on auto insurance reform

Criticisms of special interests and the lobbyists who work for them are all too common. Invariably, special interests are wealthy and powerful and their agendas are advanced by lobbyists at the expense of the average citizen. Michigan has just experienced a perfect example of this with the ...

Bergman vote adds to deficit

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman spent months and months telling us how scary the U.S. budget deficit is, how it endangers the U.S. and Michigan, how it is the most important issue facing us. Wednesday, Bergman voted to add about $1,000,000,000,000 to our deficit. So, on top of the $63,000 each of you ...

Library’s plans worth supporting

The people of Dickinson County have a unique establishment worthy of your support. That would be our county library. The library is currently accepting donations for remodeling aimed at making access better for the community. The library has a matching grant, I believe, in the area of $20,000, ...

The truth about insurance reform

Recently, Michigan’s House of Representatives had the tremendous opportunity to vote to reform Michigan’s auto insurance. I say tremendous because it has been decades since the last vote to overhaul and changes are so desperately needed. The reforms would have allowed seniors to avoid ...

Wife received poor treatment at DC hospital

On Oct. 20, at about 6 p.m., my wife yelled “Roger,” fainted, fell backwards and hit the back of her head on the kitchen floor with a tremendous bang and was temporarily knocked unconscious. The resulting bruise on the back of her head was the size of half a grapefruit. After she regained ...

Due process and taxation

In today’s climate of sexual harassment it seems like due process is being thrown out the window. At present, I feel that the Democrats are eliminating due process by demanding current democratic politicians to step down due to accusations. What happened to “innocent until proven ...

Present GOP has lost its credibility

How low can you go? I ask this question in reference to the present state of the Republican Party. It seems to me they have lost any sense of credibility in the areas of financial responsibility and moral leadership. In financial responsibility, they use to be financial conservatives ...

Speak up for net neutrality

In just a few weeks, the FCC will vote to determine the fate of net neutrality. The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, formerly worked as a lawyer for Verizon. The elimination of net neutrality would be a win for major internet providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast. It could be devastating for ...

‘Rent’ bad pick for production

The Dickinson County Community Theater has been a mainstay of our community values and principles for more than 50 years. They focus on their mission of providing quality entertainment that reflects wholesome, family-friendly productions with local talent. Having been deeply involved in many of ...

‘Blackballed’ by township board?

When I was elected to the Norway Township Board, I made it my goal to attempt to right some of the wrongs I observed occurring for years under the auspices of previous boards, many of which were an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers in the township. After about three months as trustee, ...

Need new system for voting districts

Doesn’t it seem like our democracy is broken? Why is it newsworthy when a legislator from one party has lunch with one from another party? Why do they take such strong positions on either end of the spectrum, with little if any compromise? These questions bother me. I think part of the ...

Those who have wolves should decide on control

In reply to Sarah Payette from Macomb on “Casperson ignores voters on wolves:” Senate Resolution 105 has passed through an unelected committee, with Senator Casperson as chairman. The committee is chaired by an elected official — our senator, our elected official in the U.P. You’re ...

Dianda: No-fault auto insurance reform still needed

There’s no doubt that Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. I believe that seniors and families should be able to see a rate reduction without a loss in coverage — something that a recently rejected no-fault reform plan would have required. The plan did not ...

Make a call to fully fund the VA

This weekend we had Veterans Day and praised, toasted and otherwise honored “the Vets.” The summer saw squadrons of motorcycles roaring for the vets, flags a flying. On television, we see heartwarming stories of Honor Flights to Washington and various entertainments at veterans or nursing ...

Understand first, then judge

Concerning the uproar over the NFL players protesting during the playing of our National Anthem: peoples’ anger and frustration are completely understandable. I don’t agree with the protesting during the anthem but also don’t follow the NFL or any pro sports as I used to, as it has ...

Vote ‘yes’ on Breitung schools fund

EDITOR: On Nov. 7, voters are being asked to vote “Yes” on a sinking fund for Breitung Township Schools. This money will be used to improve the technology and facilities of the schools, as defined by state regulations. All good investments require maintenance and the school is no ...

More support for Breitung schools sinking fund issue

Much debate has ensued in advance of the election next week, when we voters in Breitung Township are being asked to consider the establishment of a sinking fund to assist our school administrators in addressing important, ongoing issues related to maintaining the highest-quality education for ...