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Kids need time for humor, play

EDITOR: A long time ago, the Sunday Funnies in the newspaper were read on television. This sharpened the sense of humor, with good laughs. It also helped kids to read along with the person reading them. Kids nowadays need to play more and help over bad times.

Tiny cages for hens not right

EDITOR: In 2009, the Michigan Legislature overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state’s Animal Industry Act to ensure animals aren’t cruelly confined on factory farms in tiny cages. The amendment gave producers a lengthy 10 years to phase out these cruel cages and provide more humane ...

Norway seniors deserve funds

EDITOR: This message is to all citizens in Dickinson County regarding the approximately $356,844 that will be collected by the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners from the senior citizens millages. At the Nov. 28 county board meeting, we heard Dickinson County Controller Brian Bousley ...

Wants SD chip from camera back

EDITOR: On Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, I didn’t hunt on my stand in Florence County, Road D. When I went there Saturday morning, my trail camera was gone. The camera is replaceable, but the SD chip and pictures are not. I would like to get the SD chip back. If you can help me, please ...

Working class should be wary of GOP overtures

EDITOR: I would like to respond to a recent letter to the editor from Wally Townsend. Mr. Townsend claims that in the last eight years, the Democratic Party has thrown workers and unions under the bus. He claims that tens of thousands of manufacturing businesses either moved overseas or went ...

Lack of courtesy to job applicants

EDITOR: I have been watching my wife apply for jobs that past couple of years and I see that things have changed since I left college and sought employment. It used to be a “first party” thing, in that you appeared in front of the person at the gateway, the front desk or sometimes even ...

Charity often going to those ‘who do not need it’

Speak Out: In response to last week’s “ Some taking advantage of charity.” I could not agree more with you. That is the reason I do not donate, because it always goes to those who do not need it. I believe there should be an income limit/level for all these programs, so that ...

Obama has been the great divider

Speak Out: "Obama has been the great divider"   Abraham Lincoln’s statement “you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time” is important. Why is this important now? We ...

Impressed by Forest Park’s program honoring veterans

Bouquet From Bill Leonoff, Crystal Falls: I attended the program at Forest Park on Nov. 11 to honor area veterans. It was impressive the way the student body was attentive and respectful throughout the program, including during the presentation by the guest speaker, retired Sgt. 1st ...

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 ...