Letters to the Editor

A different take on the calls

EDITOR: There was nothing controversial about the two mistakes made in the final seconds of the championship game between Iron Mountain and Pewamo-Westphalia. When you catch the ball with both feet planted, because the ball sets you back, coming at you so fast, you cannot go anywhere without ...

Trump should respect all vets

Are the veteran organizations becoming extensions of Trump for money? I ask that question because of this president’s unwillingness to respect and honor veterans he does not like. If a president does not like or disapproves of a veteran’s beliefs, that is a personal matter that needs to be ...

An outsider’s take on IM’s state title game

My name is John Jester. I live in the Lansing area. After volunteering at the MHSAA boys basketball final and witnessing the events that transpired this past Saturday, I felt compelled to comment. I’d like to start off by saying I am completely and totally impartial in this game and actually ...

Climate change more pressing emergency than southern border

Thank you for keeping readers informed regarding the declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. This emergency is getting a tremendous amount of government time and attention, as well it should be. Unfortunately, the far bigger national emergency, not to mention global crisis, ...

Freedom of the press

In 1998, while teaching Human Rights in Ekaterinburg, Russia, I became friends with a human rights activist, Andrey Mironov. Sadly, later Andrey, along with a photographer, were the first journalists killed in the current Ukraine conflict with Russia. It was through Andrey that I became ...

Problem with proposal to hike gas tax for roads in Michigan

Well, the squirrels are back in the attic again ... and this time it’s personal. The newly elected Democratic governor of Michigan didn’t waste any time in proposing to separate us from our money by raising the gas tax by 45 cents a gal. Seems that their platform is tax and spend, not ...

The differences between the parties in the US

There are stark differences that exist from political group to political group in our country. One group wants to allow infanticide (letting babies die after they are born) and partial-birth abortion (ending a baby’s life in the third trimester). The same group advocates for federal taxes ...

Lawmakers not doing job on roads

My wife and I took a bit of ride down to Crivitz, Wis., to have lunch with her parents one day this week. What a ride it was. Now, we did take my Ranger truck, which does have a truck suspension and rides a bit harder than the Explorer. With that as a given, all I can say is, what a ride it ...

Help to prevent veteran suicides

EDITOR: Suicide is a national public health concern that affects communities everywhere. Yet, it is preventable. While the VA has several suicide prevention initiatives and programs, the most important suicide prevention effort comes from those who are closest to the veteran. ...

Remembering milk deliveries

Living in the Chicago area in the late 40’s and early 50’s, the area dairy company would deliver quart bottles of milk in wire baskets. The baskets held six bottles, with a handle in the middle. Refrigerators were new on the market and the quart bottles fit best in them. Also, with the ...

Promises to be a good show

EDITOR: On March 23 the Braumart Theatre will present an evening with an Elvis tribute Band. Anthony Shore, aka Elvis, is a family friend with a great professional voice, whether singing as Elvis or himself and his performances are wonderful. I would guess this will be a sold-out show, so ...

Lower insurance could cost in end

You’re stopped behind a vehicle at a stoplight on your motorcycle. Your left foot is on the floorboard, your right foot is on the pavement. A fast-approaching car from behind you has a driver searching for a charging cord and they never look up. The impact launches you from your seat. Your ...

Taking note of Yooper ingenuity

I was shopping in Iron Mountain and saw a little lady come out of the store to one of those “jacked up” pickup trucks. She opened the door and took out a step stool with a rope attaching it to the truck. She put the stool under the door opening and then she stepped on the stool, got in the ...

Showing weakness on abortion

Thank you for carrying on Kathleen Parker’s well-written op-ed on Tuesday on the state of our country regarding the evil of abortion. Let me first say I applaud her powerful, insightful, and intelligent approach to the matter. Our world needs more people to bravely take a public stand in the ...

Finding money for health care

EDITOR: In a recent edition, you had an editorial cartoon showing a person identified at Kamela Harris and another person next to her with his arm around her shoulders. The caption was, Harris says “Free health care for all” and the other person says, “And how are you going to pay for ...

A week to honor veteran patients

The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, and VA facilities across the nation will be honoring the hospitalized men and women we proudly care for and serve. The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its ...

Another way to see documentary

In response to “Recommends seeing human trafficking film” that was published Jan. 31: For those interested, the documentary mentioned also may be viewed at https://documentaryheaven.com/chosen/

Why is IM post office closed?

There is no reason why the U.S. Post Office in downtown Iron Mountain is closed on Saturday morning. Considering it’s located in the business district, it should be open. It’s very inconvenient to drive over to Kingsford to mail packages. All the carriers now are located out of the Iron ...

Recommends seeing human trafficking film

After reading on the Jan. 25 editorial page of this paper the Caring House article about human trafficking, I can’t get it off my mind. I hope this information gets to all the schools, churches and social media. Every parent should attend the viewing of the documentary “Chosen” with ...

Fake news, fake politicians

How long will we swallow this ______ (you fill in the blank) that politicians unload on us? “Mission Accomplished” said a Bush president, stepping out of a cockpit that he did not always show up to fly when serving in the active military. “ISIS is defeated!” boasts an overgrown ...