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Letters to the Editor

Stimulus checks no thanks to Rep. Bergman

Did you get it yet? The stimulus check. Guess who voted against it — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman and every Republican in Congress. If you are flying your Trump flag, did you have the moral integrity to return the stimulus check to the federal government? If you parrot the “big lie” that Joe ...

Time to protect right to organize by passing act

Nearly 60 million people say they would join a union today if they could. The problem? Union-busters, Big Business and woefully outdated laws continue to undermine the right to collectively bargain. Just take “right to work” laws, for example. Across the country, anti-worker ...

Yearning for US manufacturing of past unrealistic

The closest reply to a reasonable response I have heard regarding the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” has been the yearning for American manufacturing returning to the heights it reached post-World War II. We controlled 50% of the world’s gross domestic product and 90% of the ...

MADD Michigan marks Victims Rights Week, details services

EDITOR: For more than 40 years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been working towards improving services to crime victims. MADD Michigan is dedicated to supporting victims, building trust, and engaging communities to help empower victims of impaired driving crashes. Victims of both drunk ...

Think about the words you use

A few years ago when I was bartending at the summer weekend concert Hog Wild I learned a valuable lesson of the power of words. A gentleman, whose name will remain anonymous and unfortunately passed away from an auto accident, came up to the bar and ordered a beer. I turned to get his request ...

Something needs to change

This is not a letter to point fingers or to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, but can we take an emotional step backwards and ask the question: What are we doing to ourselves? Riots in Kenosha, riots in Oregon ... etc., etc., etc. Attack on the Capitol. Have we brought this on ...

Will US get out of Afghanistan?

Today is the International Day of Action on Afghanistan. This day is to remind everyone that May 1, 2021 is the deadline for the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement, also known as the Doha agreement. Will the Biden-Harris administration abide by the ...

Foreign aid vital to US security

EDITOR: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the U.S. economy hard, with an estimated 3.5% decline in real GDP for 2020 (BEA, 2020). To mitigate some of the economic hardships, Congress enacted a $2.3 trillion spending package combining the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations bill with ...

Grieving over Atlanta shootings

Our country has once again experienced a mass killing. On March 16, eight people were killed in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian American women. This is a cause for grief on at least four levels. First, of course, I grieve for those who lost their lives, and for those who lost their loves ...

Respecting the people’s vote

It seems to me that a large part of the Republican party is consumed by the belief in a lie about former president Donald Trump’s election outcome. American history professor Kristin Kobes Du Mez summed it up this way — “It’s a cause that really works against any perception of the ...

Helping rather than criticizing

A few years ago, a former classmate of mine told me about another classmate that had a couple nervous breakdowns. The person stated that he/she needs to get their “bleep” together. Later that day, it occurred to me that instead of the classmate chastising the person, would not it be a ...

Moral choices with vaccine

I am so grateful to have been part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in Marquette County! I am sure you think that is because I am over 65 years of age and thus, more vulnerable to this virus. While that is true, and I am also happy to do my part to help our country achieve herd ...

Backs Florence school millage

I’ll vote “yes” on the school referendum question on the April 6, 2021 ballot. Interestingly, even with a “yes” vote and passage of the referendum, the millage rate for the school’s share of my property taxes will not increase over the next three years! In 2024, the fourth year of ...

Stimulus will boost economy

It is Saturday morning as I write this and I had to “share.” I heard the minority leader of the Senate say that the stimulus package that just passed will have NO effect on our economy whatsoever. Who in the world gave him the power to suspend our entire form of economy and, further, ALL ...

Opposition to Line 5 hurts jobs

I’m concerned by the misinformation, exaggeration and just plain lies that have become commonplace in the Line 5 debate, and feel environmental movements — such as the one to shut down Line 5 — continue to ignore the voices of working men and women. That’s where I fit in. I’m a ...

Norway native touts Enbridge

As a native of Norway and a graduate of Michigan Technological University, the U.P. will always be “home.” I agree we need to be proactive in looking toward the future to embrace energy alternatives. Unfortunately, these alternatives simply to do not currently exist at the scale that our ...

Trust fund seeks suggestions

Though spring seems so far in the distance, this is a good time to be thinking ahead to things that can only be done when the weather cooperates. The August Lilja Trust has promoted and completed many beautification efforts in the Iron Mountain area over the years and the committee that makes ...

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 ...