Letters to the Editor

So much more to DCHS than financial troubles

I am writing this letter both as a grateful patient and as a proud retiree of Dickinson County Healthcare System. I have been a patient many times at our local hospital and can truthfully say the care has always been exceptional — delivered expertly by well-trained and caring staff. I ...

Fears that protests target all gun rights unfounded

When I saw the kids, and the adults as well, demonstrating across America, I did not fear for my guns or my freedom. When I saw a perverted photoshopped image of one of the girls, made to look like she was tearing up the Constitution, I was very afraid, however. If you believe that those ...

Algebra to figure the White House

EDITOR: I remember way back taking algebra in high school and then, lucky me, again in college. I wondered what use it could possibly ever be to me. Today, I see it might be useful. Bear with me a bit. The White House says they gave President Trump instructions on making a phone call to ...

More does should be taken in hunt

First off, I am a concerned resident, hunter and sportsmen of the U.P. who attended the chronic wasting disease, or CWD, meeting Jan. 7 at the Merriman Sportsman Club of Iron Mountain. I must say that I was very disappointed at what I heard and did not hear. One thing that I did not hear was ...

Penny wise and dollar foolish

In the year 2000, Norway Township purchased a brand-new, one-ton dump truck at a cost of $31,000. The intended uses of this vehicle were for maintenance of the township cemetery, the Vulcan Recreation Park and other appropriate needs of the township. Another use was for the annual spring ...

DCHS battered by challenges

At 7 p.m. March 26, there will be a Dickinson County Commission meeting where the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed sale of our local hospital to Bellin Health. As a member of the DCHS Board of Trustees for more than eight years, I have become altogether aware of all ...

Bills would take away local rules on dog breeding

Michigan Senate Bill 741 (Editor’s note: This bill would prohibit a local government from enacting or enforcing an ordinance or rule that regulates dogs based upon their breed or perceived breed; such rules usually have been aimed at pit bull-style or other breeds considered potentially ...

Be on lookout for fraudulent UIA claims

Due to recent large data breaches from a number of well-known sources, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has seen an increase in criminals using stolen identity information to attempt to illegally obtain benefits. Benefits are legitimately available only to individuals who have lost their jobs ...

The fact of Easter

EDITOR: Unfortunately the distraction has begun. You’ve seen it haven’t you? The cute colored “Easter Bunnies” the plastic “Easter Eggs,” the baskets the pastels, and on and on and on. What do they distract us from? The Resurrection! Just think if you lived back in the day when ...

Likes Whitmer for governor

EDITOR: I’ve been following the Michigan Governor’s race closely, and there’s a clear frontrunner. Gretchen Whitmer is the only candidate with the skills and understanding to go into the governor’s office on day one and get things done. Whitmer has been fighting for Michigan ...

Government, schools need God to stop evil

We have had yet another school shooting, and it again was terrible. It is so sad to see and hear this on the news. But what is really sad is the banter again on what we must do to stop this senseless killing. You have the usual, “We need more gun control, we need more gun laws, sensible gun ...

Calm discussion needed on guns

The latest shooting of students and staff at a Florida high school has rekindled and inflamed the debate about guns in America. A bit of historical perspective might be useful for a calmer discussion of the issue. Civilian use of firearms has revolved around several social functions. Personal ...

Focus groups sought on mine

EDITOR: Menominee County is at a pivotal point, and we are seeking your input as the community focuses on the future. If you live or work in the area, you know the development of an open-pit mine in Lake Township has been proposed. As a professor of economics, I am interested in capturing ...

Society, media foster appetite for violence

There have been numerous school shootings over the past few years and, unfortunately, one is too many. The question we all ask when this happens is “Why?’ There is probably no one answer, as this took many years of society pollution to develop. For example, in the 1940s, if you saw ...

Seek out reliable information

I have been watching and listening and naturally being amazed at the amount of misinformation being disseminated by too many groups. I want to say so much and could do that, as I have the education, the information, the real-life experience and the intelligence to do that. This time, though, I ...

Arming school staff no solution

EDITOR: Where do you want the battle, if any, to happen? I ask the question with regard to school shootings. If your main focus is arming school personnel, then any shooting that happens will be in the school building. Another problem is the school personnel will be severely out-gunned, ...

The guns are not the problem

I am old enough to remember when the “Saturday Night Special,” a .22 caliber handgun, was the evil gun in the ‘60s. Then came the evil AK-47 in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Now it’s the evil AR-15. First, there is no such thing as an assault rifle — it is an assault weapon. An assault ...

Propane prices on the rise in UP

EDITOR: This is meant as a wakeup call to local, state and federal departments and persons who are responsible for seeing that those in need of propane and/or wood to heat their homes and are at the poverty level where they need help and not been getting it since October 2017 during the ...

Likes Casperson legislative efforts

Senate Bills 100 and 101 were introduced this fall by state Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba. At present, they have passed the Senate and are in the House. These bills — named Equal Justice in Government, or as we like to call them, “Loser Pays” — tip the scales of justice for private ...

Trump needs to denounce Russia

I took Mr. Peterson’s request for us Democrats and Liberals to give our current president a chance very personally. I’m going to overlook your calling of Democrats and Liberals the “New World Order of Elites” and claiming we want to re-write the Constitution. Someone else already ...