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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 ...

State, not workers or Celello, to blame for underfunded pension system

EDITOR:It is true that the Michigan pension system is underfunded. It's a problem that's been brewing for 25 years, when back in 1991 Gov. Engler, by executive order, arbitrarily cut back on the amount the state contributed to the fund. Things snowballed from there. According to a multi-state ...

New bill targets use of school land

EDITOR:From the Sept. 23 issue of Michigan Township Insights: The Senate Transportation Committee reported legislation that would further erode township control over school property. SB-953, introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Wells Township), would essentially unzone school property and ...

LaFave would be more of the same

EDITOR:A recent letter to the editor took a shot at Sheriff Celello's candidacy for state Representative because he will collect a state or taxpayer-funded pension. Pensions, private or public, are deferred compensation for work performed. They are not gifts, freebies or unmerited largesse. ...

Trains better than pipelines for fuel

EDITOR:I have been following the stories about the pipeline that carried gasoline and other fuel products from the Milwaukee area to Green Bay. It seem this line, which I believe is about 55 years old, has deteriorated and needs extensive repairs and will be out of service for the foreseeable ...

Senior center seeks hands for pasties

EDITOR:The Breen Senior Center needs pasty makers - once a month, on a Saturday.It's a good chance for students to earn credit for community service and get a lesson on food preparation as well. For civic and social organizations and retirees, too, it's a way to give back to your community. ...

Homicides reflect unfair society

EDITOR:There have been approximately 500 homicides already this year in Chicago; Milwaukee is on pace to set a record also. Quite honestly, it doesn't surprise me in the least. I stated in one of my articles a couple of years ago that as long as we continue to have an unjust, unfair society, ...

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 ...