Letters to the Editor

Troubling signs in US leadership

These 14 points were written by Laurence Britt, based on his research on fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet. For your edification, I list them here: 1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism (ostentatious flag displays, bunting, lapel pins, ...

County needs to help fund repairs at senior center

I am a user of the senior citizens center at Crystal Lake in Iron Mountain. There are hundreds of seniors who use the center daily, for pinocle, smear, cribbage, poker, mahjong, quilting, crocheting, knitting, woodcarving, pool, monthly dancing and other social activities. I am extremely ...

Disappointed by cuts in Florence library hours

I am writing in opposition to the decision to drastically reduce operating hours of the Florence County Public Library following the recent incident involving an intruder attempting to enter the school. I truly hope and pray that this is only temporary. As a patron of the library and a ...

Many questions after Trump rally in Green Bay

This past Saturday, at a rally in Green Bay, Wis., the President of the United States said babies are being delivered, found to be healthy and then wrapped in blankets and put into a bed. At that point, the mother and her doctor who delivered the child then sit down and discuss whether or not ...

Talk to your child about tobacco products

This week, April 22-26, is Every Kid Healthy Week, which celebrated school health and wellness achievements. The event recognizes that healthy children are better prepared to learn. As a teacher at a local school, I feel that every week should be Every Kid Healthy Week, because I see first-hand ...

The harm done by parental alienation

Thursday, April 25, is National Parental Alienation Awareness Day. “Parental alienation is when one parent gives a child permission to break the other parent’s heart,” Dr. Amy Baker said on an episode of “Dateline” this past fall. Baker is an expert on the long-term effects of ...

TRICO work continues but not the wood shop operations

The Board of Directors and I announced to our employees last week that TRICO Opportunities Inc. will soon cease production of commercial wood products in our wood products manufacturing facility. A stepped shutdown of the shop operations has been initiated and we implemented initial layoffs in ...

Sad to see many closed businesses in IM area

As my husband and I traveled through the Iron Mountain area over the weekend, it is such a shock to see how many businesses have shut their doors. There is nothing here anymore to keep people in the area. What are these poor people doing for work? I say, pack up and get the heck out of this ...

Sad to see no Easter Dinner

What, no Community Easter Dinner? Not only are we losing generous volunteers but longtime businesses as well. Perhaps the year 2020 will bring hope for a thriving community again. Happy spring is here after a long winter with a lot of ice and snow. A blessed Easter to all.

Cancer Loan Closet needs its equipment back in timely manner

First and foremost, I would like to thank our local community for the continued support and generosity given to our local Cancer Loan Closet. Without you, we wouldn’t exist. You have helped so many people who have been battling catastrophic illnesses and for that you should be commended. ...

Staying silent equals support

Does being a member of a political party or religious organization take away your need to oppose their actions and beliefs you find immoral or corrupt? If the answer is yes, then you are a part of that corruption or immorality. It seems to me that the country has progressed because ...

New gas tax for roads bad idea

Now that Michigan is a right-to-work state, the Mackinac Center, whose influence was instrumental in that succeeding, has a new challenge. The Michigan legislature and Gov. Whitmer will be preparing state budgets this summer — and organized labor, crony capitalists, special interests and ...

Let’s graduate from fourth grade

EDITOR: Before I launch off on the latest bee in my bonnet, I do want to make remark on what I have just typed. It implies we still have an editor and we still have a newspaper, which of course we do. But how many realize what a treasure that is? Newspapers have shrunk, merged and many just ...

IM missing out on expansions

I am more than a little curious — in my travels around the U.P., I notice that economic expansion is exploding in Marquette, also Escanaba and, to a lesser extent, Houghton. Not so with Iron Mountain/Kingsford. Here, we seem to be going backwards. Kmart, Sears, J.C. Penney, Shopko, ...

Second chances deserve support

The goal of incarceration and community supervision has been redefined. The primary purpose used to be incapacitating a person convicted of a crime until their sentence was complete, an approach that inevitably led to high recidivism rates and wasted taxpayer dollars. But today, leaders ...

Wisconsin schools need more help from the state

An open letter sent Monday to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers — Dear Sir: Good morning! I come before you, and those I have listed below, with an open letter of concern. Today, is the day before the Goodman-Armstrong Creek Community will hold a referendum for our school. This will be the ...

‘Celebrating’ Equal Pay Day

Tuesday, April 2, is the day we “celebrate” when the typical woman working full time in the United States catches up to what a white man was paid the previous year. That’s right, according to national figures from 2017, making 80 cents to a man’s dollar means women must work three extra ...

Action needed on climate change

“Follow the money,” said “Deep Throat” in 1972, talking about the Watergate coverup. In 1959, cigarette manufacturers learned from their own scientists that there was a connection between smoking and cancer. This would hurt their bottom line. The response was to begin a disinformation ...

Goodman-AC school needs voters’ support

EDITOR: I am writing this to ask the citizens of Armstrong Creek and Goodman to vote for keeping our children and our school in our community. (Editor’s note: The district has a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot for up to $750,000 a year over three years, to replace a $550,000 referendum ...

Little sense on road spending

Our new governor wants to raise our fuel taxes again. Taxes and plate fees were just raised, but the problem is what we pay at the pump goes for a lot of other things. What we pay at the pump should be for roads only. Our legislature needs to fix that. We also need a change in most ...