Letters to the Editor

Advice for graduates

In bestselling author Matthew Kelly’s book, “Resisting Happiness,” his research included talking to hospice nurses about the regrets the terminally ill spoke about before passing. At the top of the list was: “I wish I would have had the courage to just be myself.” Believe me, I ...

Nelson parole decision appealed

EDITOR: The 47th Circuit Court is hearing an appeal to a decision made by the Michigan Parole Board to grant parole to Hans Nelson, who is housed in Marquette Detention Facility. On Aug. 17, 1995, Hans Nelson murdered Todd Newman in his home with a sawed-off shotgun. Hans Nelson was given ...

America on a slippery slope

I am 72 years old, and as a young person I was a Democrat. Why? Because my parents were Democrats. I listened to them over the years. But, one thing has always stuck out in my mind. I remember one year — I believe I was a junior in high school — my dad saying, “I do not like the Democrat ...

Marking Day of Prayer today

Since 1952, the country has recognized the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer. This day has great importance for our nation as a call to seek after God’s favor and guidance. It is our desire to come before him in humility for the sake of those in authority, as the Apostle ...

Funds needed to maintain national parks

EDITOR: Every year Michigan’s national parks are enjoyed by millions of visitors. From Pictured Rocks to Sleeping Bear Dunes our state’s national parks offer opportunities to camp, fish, hike, and recreate. On April 21-29, our country celebrates National Park Week, and it’s worth ...

Ruled from below the bridge

EDITOR: This message is directed to every citizen (Yoopers) in the state of Michigan and the state of Wisconsin (Green Bay north ). The message is that we “above the bridge” in the Upper Peninsula are at the mercy of those “below the bridge” in the Lower Peninsula. The fact is, we do ...

Give support to Senate Bill 464

EDITOR: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Michigan for ages 15-34 and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14. Suicide rates among minors increased 57 percent in Michigan from 2004-2013. Among high school students, 17 percent (approximately 2.5 million ninth ...

A time to purify

EDITOR: Every 120 years or so the whole planet Earth changes out the entire population. 8 billion or so! Some go to heaven and some go to hell. The atheist does not believe in hell until he gets there. There are some that believe in a creator and do not believe in hell either. Why is this? ...

Deliver us from evil

EDITOR: Is the issue really gun control? I do own an old British Enfield 303 bolt action rifle. One year my son thought I had a semi automatic but it’s still a bolt action rifle. The clip is modified to hold only 6 rounds. I would agree that the original Constitution, the right to bear ...

Height of hypocrisy

EDITOR: When will Mr. Bergman learn? It must be campaign season. Why else are we suddenly hearing from Representative Bergman almost weekly? In his most recent communication, Mr. Bergman noted that Manistique, Alger, Schoolcraft, and Charlevoix counties were successful recipients of USDA ...

‘I am third’

My stepdaughter read my last Letter to the Editor and said to me, “It’s good but why don’t you write a happy letter instead of politics?” Most of my days, weeks and years are happy, so here is my happy letter. God is first, my family and friends are second and I am third. I am ...

Reasons why guns look ugly

Like the gentleman from Florence, Wis., I, too, am a retired combat veteran. There is a reason why many weapons now look ugly and evil. Up until 1940, all weapons were beautiful pieces of furniture. However, it was found out by all nations at the beginning of World War II that these beautiful ...

Need to base gun rules on facts, not emotions

Slow down. Easy. When we are upset, we members of the human family are vulnerable to jump on popular bandwagons, especially if emotional speeches are made in their support. But the popular emotional argument often is wrong. One of our UP students, Natalie Hansen, a leader of the Gladstone ...

Advised to check for tax deduction

This is for state of Michigan, federal Civil Service and others who retired with public and private pensions: If you turned 62 in 2017 or earlier, check closely on “Pension Schedule form 4884.” You may be overlooking a major deduction on your state taxes. Whether you do your own taxes or ...

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 ...