Letters to the Editor

Supports LaFave for state House

EDITOR:This November, the people of Dickinson, Delta and Menominee counties will have to decide who will represent them in Lansing. The voter needs to know some cold, hard facts.The unfunded pension liability in Michigan is about $26.7 billion for the teacher system, $5.8 billion for the state ...

MEDC wrong in touting Mexico for investment

EDITOR:From The Peninsula published Aug. 22, 2016 by Jessica Limardo: The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is encouraging Michigan businesses to invest in operations in Mexico, that the country has become the state's third-largest trading partner due to enhanced technology in the ...

Impaired driving penalties too steep

EDITOR:I recently read a court record published in your paper that still rankles me. It concerns the jailing and court proceedings of a driver arrested for impaired driving.I am well aware of the dangers of drunk driving, and believe the penalties should be significant. Here is what I do not ...

Reasons to worry about Trump’s ties to Russia

EDITOR:Where's Senator "Tail Gunner" Joe McCarthy and The House Un-American Activities Committee when you need them, now that "1040 Trump" has become a pseudo-agent of influence for Russia, formerly known as The Soviet Union.Trump acts like a lap dog for Vladimir Putin, Russian president and ...

Time to get guns off the streets

EDITOR:I have to start by saying I have past experience in law enforcement. You do not need details, but I will add that I have exchanged gunfire on an American street in order to stay alive as part of that job and in the line of duty. I will also tell you that I do not hunt, but I have no ...

Need to preserve our public lands

EDITOR:As a sportsman, I am getting very concerned about the continuing efforts of the U.S. Congress to sell or transfer our federal public lands.In the last two years, there have been several bills that have been advanced and in some cases, passed one house of Congress.Our national forests, ...

Country Inn hotel looking for books

EDITOR:At Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Iron Mountain, we love reading.Since 2001, our unique Read It and Return Lending Library offers books for guests to borrow; if they don't finish it during their stay, they are welcome to take the book and return it on their next visit at ...

Another turtle story on the river

EDITOR:I enjoyed the letter by Mr. Schmitt, retired Faithorn logger, about the turtles eating his fish on the Menominee River. I also had an experience with turtles on the Menominee River. In the 1970s, our family used to camp on the Grand Island near Faithorn every summer for a week.One day we ...

Bad idea to accept more at landfill

EDITOR:Why are you thinking, Niagara Development, that Breitung Township's landfill will accept low-impact hazardous waste and demolition materials from throughout the U.P.?Who knows how low impact? Is there no other township that will accept these waste materials?The impact of these materials ...

Any choice better than Clinton vote

EDITOR:I cannot understand how any American can vote for Hillary Clinton. She has been a Washington DC insider for nearly 30 years and look at what that has got us - $20 trillion dollars in debt, half of that in the last 7 1/2 years. Good-paying jobs shipped to other countries with the signing ...

Questions over Trump’s Putin ties

EDITOR:Donald Trump has not made a secret of his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he calls "a strong leader." Putin, in turn, has used his state-controlled propaganda network RT to cheer on Trump's candidacy and attack Hillary Clinton as a "warmonger."If elected, would Trump ...

Country needs change, not Clinton

EDITOR:Major problems are facing our country today. We are near a crisis and spiraling out of control. We are in the midst of a global war and our credibility around the world is questionable. Our greatest threats today are terrorist attacks, loss of freedom and the Democratic Party with its ...

Money should go to senior centers

EDITOR:County millage is on everyone's mind these days, especially seniors on a fixed income and concerned about the 2018 senior millage proposal elections. The county board should allocate the millage monies directly to the individual senior centers - there are five - instead of being ...

Plans fall short on UP energy needs

EDITOR:For years, companies reduced the size of their products and told us that they are new and improved.Now Gov. Snyder is doing the same thing with our electrical energy producing capacity. We are told the two power plants to be built will be "affordable, reliable electricity that generates ...

What do you want to follow?

EDITOR:I believe that one of our choices in this election is between "as if" and "what is". What I mean is that the Republican Party seems to be acting "as if" the country is still in a serious recession when all major economist and economic indicators show "what is" - a country that has ...

Candidates should focus on real needs

EDITOR:Is there are anyone left in America that still wants to know what Hillary Clinton thinks of Donald Trump? Is there anyone left in America that still wants to know what Donald Trump thinks of Hillary Clinton? I doubt it.I think a lot of folks would like to know when we are going to ...

Tale of the empty fish stringer

EDITOR:My father and I enjoyed fishing together on the Menominee River. We were going fishing for some larger northerns to give to a friend of my father's in '58 or '59. My father, being a skilled fisherman and having won a walleye and northern tournament in Minnesota at a young age, was a good ...

Olympic athlete goes the distance

EDITOR:It was the great abolitionist and clergyman Henry Ward Beecher who said "We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started."At this summer's Olympics, the javelin thrower from Kenya, Julius Yego, taught ...

Time for Obama government to go

EDITOR:When is the payment for hostages not a ransom? When the Obama Administration says so. The Wall Street Journal says the State Department tried to spin a $1.7 billion settlement the U.S. reached with Tehran in January under the nuclear deal was finalized and Iran released five American ...

Talk to kids about tobacco products

EDITOR:It's that time of year again. If they haven't already, many parents will soon be taking their kids shopping for new clothes and school supplies or making plans afterschool activities.One more item for parents to think about is how they can help their kids stay tobacco and nicotine free ...