Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Disputed figures over Iron Mountain finances

EDITOR:Abraham Lincoln once said, "In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed."We are facing a very important election Tuesday, both nationally and locally. In our country, it is the president who sets ...

Individual choice, not political party, to blame for abortions

EDITOR:I have siblings who plan to vote for Trump because they actually believe Democrats like to kill babies; we are all Catholics. Somewhere along the line, they have forgotten that God gave each of us a conscience and a free will. They have also forgotten that the president and Congress are ...

Wake up and vote for Trump

EDITOR:This is not only the most important election of my lifetime - I believe it is the most important in the history of our country.Since JFK, I have voted for Dems and Republicans, whomever I thought was the best man for the job. JFK and his brothers were tomcats, but the media pretty much ...

Dianda endorses Celello for House

EDITOR:I am writing to express my full support for Scott Celello as the next state representative for the 108th House District. As the current state representative for the western U.P., I know the type of hard work, commitment and experience you need to do this job. Scott Celello holds these ...

Dad says vote for Michalsen

EDITOR:I am hoping voters will support my son, Matt Michalsen, for the 34th District Assembly; he started his grassroots campaign months ago, and now the election is coming up fast. If I may tell you a little about my son, he is 27 years old and currently employed at Lakeland Union High School ...

Denying the reality of what abortion is

EDITOR:Arguing with those who are pro-abortion is a waste of time. Many are blinded by Satan. It's murder. If you plant the seed of potatoes, you get potatoes. If you plant the seed of humans, you get humans.The following three things are the crux of the issue: 1. Killing of babies, 2. Public ...

Get informed and get out to vote

EDITOR:This election is just days away and we must make an informed choice. Hillary Clinton brings up two issues that sound good, but we should get answers on her two promises before we vote.First is free college. No matter what you get for free, someone has paid for it. Colleges must pay ...

US citizens have grown too passive

EDITOR:As a citizen of this country, the United States of America, I can no longer sit by and passively watch my nation being destroyed by a government that is passive and has no backbone. There are evil people in this world that want this country to fall. Where is all the Silent Majority?This ...

Questions where Bergman lives

EDITOR:Seems to me that a person who is running to represent Michigan's 1st Congressional District ought to want to live here. Now the Republicans claim Lon Johnson lives in Detroit. Not so. He was born in Rockwood, Mich., and lives in a nice residence in Kalkaska County, not a rundown fishing ...

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 ...