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Letters to the Editor

Driver’s tests in the late 1950s

For driver’s education, most of us had straight-arrow, hard-line, strict-disciplinarian, cut-you-no-slack instructors. We learned everything in the book, such as all the hand signals, which we had to use on the road. Also, we learned with an on-the-column, below-the-steering-wheel stick ...

Big difference between being inconvenienced, rights infringed

EDITOR: I want to get my hair done, my eyebrows waxed, I need a pedicure, I miss getting a massage, I want my cleaning lady to come back and help me wash the windows and screens, I want to go to the Tap Room on Fridays at 5:05 p.m. and see my friends and then go out to dinner. To quote a ...

Convinced crimes were committed

President Richard Nixon resigned before he was impeached because he covered up a plan to steal the opposing parties’ campaign plans. The scandal was named Watergate. The Democratic party, with the full knowledge of former President Barack Obama, used its surveillance tools to spy on the Trump ...

Reflect on those in law enforcement who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’

National Police Week is May 10 through 16. In a normal year, there would be numerous Law Enforcement memorial services or events all across this nation. This, of course, is far from a normal year. Events of this nature are being cancelled, including our local annual observation. It is ...

A poem for a frigid spring

My son, Kyle Kreider, wrote this poem after he came from Chicago to stay with me in early April, after self-quarantining for 14 days due to COVID-19. We thought it was appropriate to publish this locally now, given the arctic cold and supposed spring/loon season. The Mountain Calls The ...

Appreciation for corrections officers’ work

National Corrections Officers Week is May 3 through 9. It’s important, especially this year with what we’re facing with our health emergency, to honor the corrections officers who serve us in our jails and prisons. Marinette County is fortunate to have a good staff of both officers and ...

Need to focus on positive actions

We need to stop the rampage of fear that has overtaken our nation and our world. I heard a minister say the other day that when 9/11 happened an attitude of fear came into our nation. This pandemic has served to increase and feed that fear. Fear begets more fear. Fear is a paralyzing emotion, ...

National Nurses Day Wednesday

Wednesday is National Nurses Day and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all the work that you, as public health nurses, do every single day to ensure the safety of our communities and state. You are the unseen heroes who ensure the health of individuals in the places we live, work and ...

Questioning the governor’s moves not ‘hindering’

“Those who hinder versus those who help,” the title of Saturday’s Speak Out column, is itself a sad commentary on an unnecessary dichotomy. The point made in Speak Out was, essentially (no pun intended), if you’re not for the stay-at-home strategy as concocted by Michigan Gov. Gretchen ...

Consider donating stimulus funds to others in need

Food and medicine: necessities of life. Like many others, this week I received a one-time stimulus payment from my fellow taxpayers. It’s nice. I might put part of it toward some needed home repairs. But had I not received it, I could still eat. I could still fill my prescriptions, and if I ...

In defense of Trump’s actions to combat coronavirus

EDITOR: This is in response to Walt Brey’s letter Monday, “Stop politicizing virus response.” People who take cheap shots at President Trump over the coronavirus are displaying their own ignorance. If Trump had listened to Dr. Anthony Fauci early on, he would have thought the virus ...

Remembering the bucktail bait

As a young lad, I was happy to have been able to spend lots of hours fishing and learning from my father because he was an expert fisherman. Sometimes he would drop everything and say, “Let’s go fishing now; the sun is the correct color and the air smells just right.” He would get the ...

Important to get that US Census form filled out

It’s very important to respond to your U.S. Census form. The Upper Michigan response rate at this time is less than 50 percent. There are many things that are funded by the amount of responses that are turned in to the Census Bureau. The amount of funds distributed to counties, cities, ...

More data needed on UP virus cases

As of April 15, there were 56 reported cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths in the Upper Peninsula. (Editor’s note: That rose to 67 cases and 10 deaths as of Monday afternoon.) Those numbers should draw the grave attention of our representatives, health workers and every person concerned ...

Stop politicizing virus response

If our president would have listened to the scientists and acted to fight COVID-19 sooner, instead of calling it a hoax, maybe our governor would not have to be doing the things she is doing and our state representative could give his pen a rest and quit making this political. I side with the ...

Need to unite for common cause

I am a concerned citizen of the state of Michigan. On the TV, they say we are at war with this virus. Our leaders say the same. So why are we not uniting in this common cause? States are left to fend for themselves — that’s how it looks to me. The governor needs to unite us in this cause. ...

Wear mask for others’ sake, if not for yourself

Today I was at the grocery store and could not help but notice that the majority of store patrons were not wearing masks. One couple actually said to me that I was part of a “Democratic conspiracy” pushing a scare campaign about this COVID-19 nonsense! I am a person with a chronic illness ...

LaFave criticism of stay-home order off base

COVID-19 is non-partisan. Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, “Bernie Bros,” Trumpists, and socialists are all the same to the coronavirus. However, in the 108th District, represented by none other than Beau “What, me worry?” LaFave, there is a cautionary tale to be told. ...

A need to elect good managers

As you may or may not know, I am not young — 75 last November — and I am a disabled Vietnam War veteran. The most critical aspect of that right now is a lung impairment as a result of a cancer that was due to dioxin exposure. So it follows that I have a legitimate fear of the COVID-19 ...

Consider using stimulus money to help others

Millions of Americans will receive a bank deposit or check from the federal government to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of them will desperately need the help, because they have lost their jobs, or their small businesses have closed, or they face uncovered medical bills, or for ...