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Letters to the Editor

Still things to be thankful for

At Thanksgiving in these uncertain times, we still have things to be thankful for: freedom of speech, religion and the press; the right to bear arms; and to vote — the list goes on and on. Thankful to Dickinson County Healthcare System for the free frozen Thanksgiving dinners. The year 2020 ...

Great American Outdoors Act

At a time when there is so much negativity in the news, I would like to submit a positive. I want to tell your readers, up front, that I gleaned the following information from an organization, The Nature Conservancy, to which I contribute in a small way each year. The Nature Conservancy is a ...

Government that does not serve us

Totalitarian regimes all have bureaus that intimidate and abuse citizens who oppose the views and activities of the party in power. Nazis had the SS, Russia the KGB and the Democrats have the FBI and the CIA. Notice I did not say America but Democrats. This is where the great divide in our ...

City Park bucks had a horrible, cruel death

EDITOR: This letter is in reference to the two bucks in Iron Mountain’s City Park deer pen that recently died as a result of locking horns and drowning. I am sickened beyond belief of the slow yet brutal, horrific, cruel death that these animals had to go through — and for what? To live ...

Neither side responded correctly

EDITOR: A couple of months ago a 17-year-old shot and killed two people and seriously injured another during the debacle that took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Of course, both political parties responded with their expected rhetoric and buffoonery that has become all too common in this day ...

LaFave should apologize

EDITOR: Monday, state Rep. Beau Matthew LaFave posted on his Facebook page a meme that said as follows: “If you are wearing a mask in your car, I’m going to assume it’s to control the urge to lick the windows.” For those of you who do not know what it means to be a “window ...

Think about the consequences

I am going to be 76 years old about the time you read this. I have a lung condition related to my military service. If you see me at all, I will have a mask on. You see, I am a scientist and I believe what other people of science tell me about staying alive. But I understand that you want your ...

Learn more about diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and the Florence County Health Department would like to remind people that diabetes affects millions of individuals. Diabetes is also a known risk factor for COVID-19 and is an additional reason that folks need to be aware of their health status. It is not ...

Ways to counter COVID fatigue

We are about to enter our ninth month of a worldwide pandemic. So far, 2020 has been one for the record books. Uncontrollable fires in the West, hurricane after hurricane in the South, record unemployment, racial injustice and unrest, contentious campaigns and a government that cannot put down ...

A final thought before voting Tuesday

The presidential election is Tuesday. The issues facing our nation are wide-reaching. Setting the candidates themselves aside, we are left with their policies. Policies matter, feelings do not. What are some of these policies and the viewpoints of each candidate? Globalism. One candidate, ...

Some thoughts on election

EDITOR: Days away from the election, here are some thoughts. Our American system of government is messy but has functioned pretty well through a lot of chaotic times since 1776. The flow of information on all the issues is voluminous, fast-paced and often contradictory. Do your best to search ...

Taking Trump to task on truth

EDITOR: Now is the time for some truth. We know what a disaster the first presidential debate was. Every intelligent American and the rest of the world knew President Trump’s rantings were his oft-repeated lies. Ditto the third debate. The old adage, “he lies so much he believes it ...

Peters will fight for working families

Here in Iron Mountain, we have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. People have lost income or even a loved one because of this disease or the threat of it. Most have had to cancel or postpone at least some of their planned activities. The pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, which is ...

Superintendents at area Wisconsin schools call for cooperation on COVID actions

Dear parents and community members: We collectively share this letter to ask for your continued support and cooperation during these unprecedented times of the pandemic. As school leaders, we are doing our best in partnership with our respective health departments, school staff, families and ...

Lesser regard for the truth

EDITOR: I appreciated your Oct. 17 article by Suzanne Killian. As was she, I was raised in a home where honesty, integrity and decency ruled. Lying, bullying and stirring up anger were not tolerated. The truth was the truth. News was news and lies were lies. There was no entertainment ...

Environmentally foolish

EDITOR: “Ignorance is bliss.” “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” “Out of sight —out of mind.” Think about these cliches, as they are the threshold of carelessness and apathy. If you believe these statements are comforting and meaningful, you may be entering the realm ...

Media, politicians responsible

The pandemic is real, but the media has killed more people than the virus. Early in the pandemic, February and March, the media went out of its way to show high-profile politicians downplaying the dangers of the virus. Nancy Pelosi was on TV, maskless, in Chinatown, inviting everyone to “come ...

Trump vote ‘a rare opportunity’

EDITOR: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer — and many Republicans, too — have one huge thing in common; they’ve done very well off the corruption in Washington, D.C. Actually, two things — they’ve never run a business or risked ...

Expecting less, deserving more

I have always tended toward an interest in history. I have an interest in current events. I am an American military veteran. Vietnam, combat, 100% disabled. I am also no longer young, so since March I have been staying near the home fires to avoid the current pandemic. Now while some get ...

Election about the destiny of America

Let’s set the facts straight. First, going back many years, it was the white Southern gentlemen, Democrats, who invented slavery. They worked in the white plantations and made them rich. They were the first “racists”! Then it took the Civil War and a Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, ...