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Letters to the Editor

Line 5 isn’t worth the risk

In 2010, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured, spilling 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. It was the largest spill in history and is still being cleaned up. Line 5 is 15 years older than that pipeline. So many residents of Michigan rely on our fresh water here in this special place we ...

Capitol rioters a blight on history

First and foremost: Former Attorney General and ultra-conservative William Barr has stated that fraud did not play a part in the election of a new president. I think it’s fair to say he is a little more informed than most and is not part of any left-wing conspiracy. Considering the hooligans ...

Time to go big on the stimulus

EDITOR: I have been noticing how words change meaning depending on which political party is throwing them about. A biggie is deficit. When (R) party needs to give their donors a huge tax break, an increase in the deficit means nothing or maybe even means a good thing. When the (D) party ...

Senate right on impeachment

In a recent letter to the editor, a writer seemed perplexed as to why former President Donald Trump wasn’t convicted and impeached. To answer that question let’s actually look at what impeachment is. The United States Senate’s webpage defines the impeachment process as “Congress ...

Words that can shape the ‘truth’

Truth is, well, true ... isn’t it? It is “an agreement with reality,” says Noah Webster. Just one problem — our perception of reality is shaped by externals, by what we hear, see or read. Keep that in mind as I exemplify it in relation to the past election. “Baseless ... baseless ... ...

Conservative party needed but not this direction

I am asking, is accepting criminal behavior by powerful people the standard in the Republican Party? It was clear from the Senate impeachment trial case presented by the House managers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statements after the acquittal, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Mike ...

Nurse: Get the COVID vaccine

My name is Rhonda Lindstrom. I am a registered nurse currently living and working in Florence County. My purpose in writing this is to tell my story and why I would encourage others to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I am so grateful for the scientists, doctors and entourage of people necessary for ...

Legislators make classic power grab

EDITOR: It appears that our legislators have gone on strike. They won’t approve any of the governor’s nominations because they don’t like the virus restrictions. The won’t release the FEDERAL education funds until they’ve wrested power away from the state Health Department. Oh, ...

Prudent to keep mask mandate

EDITOR: Thursday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed SJR 3, a resolution that formally repeals the governor’s COVID-19 public health emergency order, and, in turn, the extension of his statewide mask mandate. We are a group of legislators from northeast Wisconsin, writing this letter to ...

Not quite ‘Great Melting Pot’

EDITOR: I was just sitting here thinking that as far back as my grade-school days, which were the 1950s, I have heard that America is the “Great Melting Pot” as a nation. Wait a minute. Right now, today, this month, this year, I am seeing non-white people still being treated as less than ...

Rebuttal to ‘wolf control needed’

EDITOR: In the letter, “Wolf control is needed in region” published Jan. 28, Allen Peterson stated he was bringing facts to the woman who wrote “Wolves are not a problem.” Below are the unsubstantiated claims he calls “facts,” along with the facts. Claim 1. In Hermansville, the ...

A response to UP lawmakers’ statement on Back Forty Mine

On Jan. 25, a joint statement was released by Michigan state Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Township) and state Reps. Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock), Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) and Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) voicing their continued support for the Back Forty Mine and openly criticizing ...

Wolf control is needed in region

EDITOR: This will not be long, just facts. This is to the woman who wrote, “Wolves are not a problem.” I have been hunting for 62 years now. I know facts; this woman does not. The past five years of deer hunting have gotten worst every year. Two years ago, I saw five deer. I hunt with ...

Fears of higher deficit shouldn’t halt stimulus aid

In recent days I have been listening to the people in government talking about how giving more money to help people during this COVID-19 pandemic would raise the deficit. I agree that giving money to people in need might make the deficit rise. The same thing happened when the Republicans gave a ...

Thoughts on ‘lady’ athletes from a former Norway Knight

Although I consider myself a Yooper, I have not lived in my beloved U.P. for nearly 15 years. This does not matter — I am who I am because of my experiences here. I wouldn’t have had the grit or motivation to endure some of the hardships in life had I not grown up here. Some of the most ...

The meaning of ‘we the people’

What does “we the people” mean? This is ambiguous because of the undefined meaning of people. I have had it said to me after an election. To me, we the people means all the people in a country if referring to a country or in a state when referring to a state. In this incident the person ...

Needed to check facts on wolf hunt column

The Iron Mountain Daily News did a great disservice by not fact-checking a column by Gary Gorniak published Jan. 15. When Gorniak spoke at the Western CAC meeting earlier this month, he never mentioned wolves in the town of St. Ignace or the young lady who climbed a tree to escape a wolf. ...

Bergman wrong backing Trump

Sorry to see that U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District will miss out on being included in the second printing of “Profiles in Courage.” Bergman couldn’t find the courage to join the 10 Republicans who called for Trump’s impeachment. It would ...

Impeachment serves you, not us

Dear Mitch, Nancy, Chuck, Kevin (YOU): Because I believe YOU are intelligent, I can only assume that what YOU are doing is “pure politics” and has nothing to do with We the People (US). YOU talked about the D.C. protestors as obstructing the operation of our government but YOU did the ...

Think about what happened in DC

EDITOR: Let me put up supposition. Let us say that within the last two weeks of my military service, I did an egregious act. Let’s say I burned down my barracks. I do know someone who did exactly that, so this is not too far fetched. In my supposed case, let’s add that someone dies as ...