Letters to the Editor

Misses bingo at IR senior center

Bingo at the Iron River Senior Center has been discontinued. I would like to see the return of bingo. I talked to many people and they all want bingo reinstated. Playing bingo at the center was a place for senior citizens to be in contact with others on Sunday afternoons. Many of our seniors ...

LaFave doesn’t merit re-election

A state representative is elected to represent the people. But I have seen enough of our current representative patting himself on the back to realize the only person he serves in the Michigan Legislature is himself. Beau LaFave is all too proud to have repealed prevailing wage, even against ...

Dems don’t really care about life

I believe there is a lot of two-faced politics in the Democratic rhetoric being spread, to the point that one does not know what they really stand for. The Letter to the Editor on Sept. 3 is an example of this. It states: “Nearly 3,000 Americans are dead in Puerto Rico and nearly 500 children ...

In reality, no right to abortion

Watching the confirmation of the new Supreme Court Justice, what a laugh. Know the Democrats are worried about so-called abortion “rights.” There is no such thing as a woman’s right to have an abortion. It is a woman’s right to use birth control, period — that and that only. Once a ...

Don’t risk losing local hospital

I am writing in support of Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. I live in Crystal Falls, so I either have to drive 15 miles to Iron River or 30 miles to Iron Mountain for hospital care; some tests can be done locally at the Crystal Falls Clinic. Crystal Falls once had a community hospital — ...

A case for priests staying celibate

The Aug. 25 Speak Out about allowing Roman Catholic priests to marry was written without knowing the acronym B.I.B.L.E.: “Be informed before leaving earth.” Some of our politicians are married and abuse females. Daily news stories reveal more and more abusers. How about the three Jim’s ...

A community center proposal

I am a resident of Iron Mountain who is concerned about the welfare of the younger generation of our community. I have an idea for the two buildings next to the old Fontana’s. I am asking for help to possibly turn them into a type of community center, with pool tables, dart boards and a ...

True Christian behavior lacking

For years now, I have heard about an “Evangelical Base” when talking politics. Now as I understand it, these Evangelicals claim to be Christians. Now, Christian comes from the base word “Christ,” which of course comes from the followers of Jesus Christ. If you have not heard of this ...

Problems with recent ‘real collusion’ letter

My curiosity was aroused by a recent Letter to the Editor claiming the real collusion with Russia was perpetrated by the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. It seems the writer believes in a very, very deep conspiracy involving the Democrat left and every news organization other than ...

Unfair to cancel federal pay raise

On Thursday, just before Labor Day, Trump showed what he thinks of workers, particularly the 686 federal workers who take care of our veterans at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Trump said, “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, ...

Need Democrats for the future

A letter writer commends his neighbors for removing a tree that was blocking a waterway. While I think he is correct in his assumption that most of the homeowners on the Chain of Lakes lean Republican, his implied conclusion — that had those same neighbors leaned Democratic, they would have ...

Need to look at real collusion

The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, it was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. The law enforcement — FBI — and the intelligence arms of government were placed in the service of the Democratic presidential bid, ...

Are morality and greatness related?

Are people giving lip service to morality when convenient or when it doesn’t cost much socially or financially? I have heard the reasoning to ignore, minimize, or rationalize the lack of true commitment to holding up true brotherly love, which I believe is the foundation of morality. The ...

Make sure to get it in writing

I had an experience at a local dentist office that should be a reminder to everyone to get things in writing. Back in January, I developed a toothache. I went a well-known dentist and was given two options, one quite expensive. The insurance person assured me that with my two coverages, I ...

Engebretson run shows character

I spent part of Saturday with Margaret Engebretson. She is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives covering the Seventh District of Wisconsin, which in effect is the majority of far northern Wisconsin and includes Florence County. She drove over to Florence to meet me and hand ...

Conservatives get things done

A very large pine tree fell into a channel on the Chain of Lakes and blocked over one-half of the passageway. Within a couple of hours, my neighbors and friends had cut it up and removed the branches from the channel, making the channel safe again to traverse. First, I would like to thank them ...

Micromanaging at Northpointe

According to a Daily News article that cited minutes from the June meeting, the Northpointe Healthcare System Board of Directors voted 9-3 to give a 60-day notice to CEO Jennifer McCarty that her contract will not be renewed. McCarty was promoted to CEO in October 2015 after previously serving ...

Imperfect excuses for abortion

I have a very dear friend who is the product of rape. A decision was made to save a life. I have another dear friend who is the product of statutory rape. A decision was made to save a life. With the science of medicine gaining more and more secrets of life using amniocentesis, we can now ...

Likes having DCHS nearby

Recently I had a concern pop up about my cholesterol. My doctor recommended I get a test done for it and gave me a list of cardiologists that could schedule a calcium score.  The scheduling department called and offered four or five locations to schedule the test — all located in central ...

Confederate flag flap nonsense

This is in reference to the article about the Civil War reenactment at the Logjam Festival in Mosinee, Wis. I don’t know what’s crazier — being offended by a rebel flag at a Civil War reenactment or actually apologizing for having a rebel flag at a Civil War reenactment. Madness.