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Letters to the Editor

Elections offer chance for we the people to be heard

Have you driven about lately and noticed the vehicles on our roads? It seems we have evolved nearly beyond the sedan-type of car and replaced that with so called SUV types. Of course, those come in all sizes, as sedans did, but they follow a pattern that allows them at any size to be called ...

An open letter to dog, cat owners

Last week my wife was walking our dog along the rural road by our house, as she has done for the last 30 years with our dogs over the years. Jaxon, our English cocker, scented something and went bounding off into the brush. Almost immediately, she heard horrendous squealing and found our dog ...

IM’s Jewish community once thrived

It was with sadness that I read about the sale of the building that was Anshe Knesseth, the Jewish synagogue in Iron Mountain. It had been founded in the late 1800s by a community of Jews who had fled persecution and anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and Russia. They settled throughout the ...

Area sites offer options for more recycling

Have you noticed Iron Mountain is a city that has many alleys? On garbage day, many of the garbage containers in these numerous alleys are full. Having conquered the elusive science of weights and measures, the results are concerning: 55% of the volume of material put into and around these ...

Bergman vote supports Trump, Putin, not allies

Recent reporting on Congressman Jack Bergman has omitted his votes in the U.S. House on two issues. The impeachment votes cast on Dec. 18 saw First District Congressman Jack Bergman in lockstep with the Trumpist Party — formerly the Republicans — that said, in effect, “it’s OK to ...

Education in life should never stop

I am always surprised when I am out and about and someone recognizes me as a person who writes letters to this forum. How DO they know? In any case, the response I get is pretty much positive, so I shall persist. I had to send this letter today because of a response I got to a comment on ...

The possible future of the UP wood industry

Many Yoopers are employed by the wood product industry. Companies such as Verso and LP help sustain our economy and provide us with products we use in our everyday life. One way to help an industry thrive is through new innovations and the wood product industry may have just that on the ...

Deer proved scarce during hunting season

This year was the 60th deer season that I have hunted. It was by far the worst ever! I do not know where to put the blame, just would like to see some input from others. I hunt in northern Menominee County. It was in the “no baiting” area. The first four days, I saw five deer, one spike ...

Please consider other trail users

I ride the area roads and trails by bike. After an advanced scientific and mathematical analysis of the amount of litter that has been discarded on the sides of area roads, I found that the litter consists mostly of beverage containers and that Busch Light is the most prolifically discarded ...

Why do you put up with this stuff?

I repeatedly see ads on the television for supplements to Medicare. They are for the 20% Medicare does NOT cover. Have you given a thought to how much that might come to? Have you questioned why you need a supplement at all? You pay all your working life for Medicare and then it is only partial ...

Suggestions for the giving season

This time of year many of us give to a charity. If you are wondering which charity you should give your money to, I urge you go to chartitynavigator.org. They have an impressive list of national and international charities with a breakdown of how they will spend your money. Great pie charts ...

Justifications for wolf control unfounded

EDITOR: The decision to delist wolves should be based on the best available scientific evidence and research, not unfounded claims or politics. In his recent guest opinion, state Rep. Greg Markkanen argued for the federal delisting of wolves because, “Pet owners and livestock farmers ...

Wants to hear more on term limit change

State Rep. Beau LaFave wants to change the constitutional amendment to extend house and senate term limits. Instead of representatives serving three terms of two years each, and senators two terms of four years, the measure would allow 14 years in either the house, the senate or some of ...

Trump pardons undercut military justice system

Does it hurt the country when a president protects and exonerates U.S. military war criminals? I believe it does. From a military standpoint, it seriously undermines military law and respect for law, military command, military discipline and the military image develop over the years. The ...

Funding for nursing facilities among Whitmer budget vetoes

For several weeks now, everyone has heard of the substantial cuts and vetoes made by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as part of her rejection of the budget. One thing you might not have heard is more than $35 million in Medicaid cuts to nursing homes could begin to take effect at any time due ...

Response to wolf column by Rep. Markkanen

EDITOR: Thank you for publishing “It’s time for feds to let Michigan manage its own wolf population” I am writing to point out an error: The very definition of an apex predator is an animal who is at the top of the food chain. That means other factors than someone else killing them ...

Natural ways to draw in deer

It’s hunting season and everyone wants deer on their land. From baiting to food plots, people will do whatever they can to get a big buck. One of the best ways to entice deer to your hunting grounds is creating more habitat through forest management. Forest management is cost effective and ...

IM doesn’t need recreational pot

If we have good businesses, people will come. Recreational marijuana is not needed or wanted in my town. We don’t need that kind of business so a few people can get richer. I grew up in a good town and I want to see it stay that way. You know we will have people coming in from everywhere ...

Looking for the 90K Yoopers who don’t know they have prediabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness month and we have teamed up with the Lions Clubs of the U.P. to find the 90,000 Yoopers who are living with prediabetes and don’t even know it. An estimated 1 in 3 adults and 50% of seniors have prediabetes and 90% are unaware that they are on the ...

Need to not overreact to CWD in deer

EDITOR: When managing Michigan’s deer population, we need to look at the big picture, not just one issue such as chronic wasting disease. Did you know there are 1.75 million deer in Michigan and that 53,464 died in vehicle accidents last year? An additional 40,000 deer starved to death in ...