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More changes to come at Veterans Medical Center

EDITOR:With Veteran's Day fast approaching us, I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of our successes in the recent months, but most importantly thank our community partners across the U.P. and northern Wisconsin for their continued support in our efforts to care for our nation's ...

Clinton supports abortion, so vote to elect Trump

EDITOR:Nov. 8 is not very far off when Americans will have the opportunity to vote for our next President. As usual, we don't have perfect candidates to choose from. There are vast differences, however, between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, since they agree on practically nothing. One major ...

Affordable Care Act proves costly

EDITOR:In regard to insurance costs and the so-called Affordable Care Act, I have the following personal facts and opinions.My employer had offered a respectable health care package that covered my wife and I at a cost to me of $480 a month.After the so-called Affordable Care Act became law, my ...

Mursau grateful for voter support

EDITOR:I'd like to take this opportunity to thank constituents for your support over the years. It's been an honor to represent you in the Wisconsin Legislature in Madison and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to serve you these next two years.I don't take your vote of confidence for ...

Johnson would push for what Michigan, UP need

EDITOR:What do you expect from your U.S. Congressman?Michigan needs infrastructure upgrades - water and sewer pipes; roads and bridges; dependable, clean, sustainable energy sources. In Northern and Upper Peninsula Congressional District 1, we also need much more: a new Soo Lock, a safe ...

Time to fix health care

EDITOR:I have a sister-in-law and a stepdaughter who suffer from lupus. I do mean suffer, as this is a terrible disease and sometimes it is not even possible to control the pain.I have a friend from grade school, younger than me but suffering from bad hips and needing a cane to walk very ...

Wolves and people

EDITOR:Wolves are becoming an ever growing presence on our lands, with numbers reaching down to 300 in the 1960s, and now in the lower 48 states approximately 5,500 wolves are alive and well.People have many opinions on this subject, some strongly negative, some strongly positive, and some in ...

Ryan should be removed as Speaker

EDITOR:Republican Party members feel disenfranchised by the actions of John McCain, Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and the other party leadership.The action taken by these people throws the election to the Democratic Party.The Republican Party must reflect the works of its ...

Voters entitled to facts on veterans office

EDITOR:A letter recently published in the Daily News contained several false statements concerning the proposed office of veteran's affairs and the supporting millage. I want to correct the record. The voters are entitled to the facts.The first assertion was only 600 of the 2500 veterans use ...

Vote no on civil service changes

EDITOR:One local political activist has been very vocal in his opinions about the vote to remove the Civil Service section from Iron Mountain's city charter. But he has some facts wrong.There are TWO civil service commissions provided for in the charter: one for police and fire (full time only) ...

Supports Celello for state House

EDITOR:I first met Scott Celello in 1987 when he was a deputy with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department. From 1990 to 1992, when I served as the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 700 in Iron Mountain, Scott was our drug awareness chairperson. In that position, he would visit our area schools and ...

Worried about rise of a tyrant

EDITOR:What is being tyrannical?The Webster dictionary defines it as "characterized by oppressive, unjust, or arbitrary behavior or control." This is what Abraham Lincoln, I believe, could have meant when he said the country, if it fails, will fail from within. I believe he feared the country ...

Politicians need to be careful in cutting regulations

EDITOR:A major feature of the Republican party's platform this year calls for eliminating many government regulations. However, you seldom hear which regulations they intend to eliminate. Certainly we have a need to constantly review all regulations to ensure only those necessary continue to ...

Vote to end civil service system

EDITOR:Vote yes on Proposition 1, to amend the Iron Mountain City Charter to eliminate the civil service system. Citizens Voice Committee of Dickinson County feels the civil service system is a "good ol' boy club." Another bad side to the law is the time-consuming process of hiring or firing.A ...

Upset by state changes on unclaimed money

EDITOR:Remember, before I start, that unclaimed money is YOUR money, returned to the state by any organization you may have done business with in the past or even currently. Organizations that have your money on file but cannot locate you after a number of years must, by law, return the funds ...

Wisconsin roads need help; state not listening

EDITOR:A little while back, I suggested a possible solution to the oil and gasoline pipeline between Green Bay and Milwaukee, that rail transport might save a lot and make our fuel prices less at the pump. It would also be better than the governor's suggestion, which is overloaded trucks and ...

Need to encourage new technology for forest products

EDITOR:Compiled from an article by John Weigand, MiBiz:Trees, when we think about them our first thoughts are about either paper or a nice pile of firewood for the winter.Professor Mark Rudnicki at Michigan Tech University has a different idea for Michigan's forest product industry. He leads ...

Questions need to create county veterans office

EDITOR:There are two sides to the Veterans Service Office's request for county tax dollars. I personally will be voting no.The issue is about the economies of helping veterans fill out paperwork. There are roughly 2,500 veterans in Dickinson County. About 2,100 of them have no service-connected ...

Why did bailout for Detroit schools lack stipulations?

EDITOR:I wrote a letter to our state representatives in response to the following news article:"Detroit, Mich. - A new contract for teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District has been approved, according to The Detroit News.The new agreement includes an extra $10 million to ...

Tax millage will support veterans

EDITOR:The presidential debate this week had two of our nation's "best" citizens explaining why they deserve your vote. Whether someone who wears an ice cream-colored tie or over-sized pant suit represents "our nation's best" is debatable.What is never at question are those who wear the ...