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Letters to the Editor

Enjoyed this summer’s T-ball games

What a lot of fun the kids have playing T-ball at the various ballparks throughout the community sponsored by community schools. The family members enjoy the game as much as the kids. The playground area is busy also. No electronic devices, but exercise and fresh air are top ...

Letter spoke the truth on abortion

We would like to respond to the Letter to the Editor written by Joanne Hady in the July 8 Daily News. Congratulations to her that she had the conviction to say what she believes and not worry about being ridiculed or shunned by people. Everything she stated is the truth. How can our country ...

Embrace your crazy side

Recently, a woman I know told me that she considers herself weird. My sincere advice to her was to embrace it and love the weirdness. I told her when people tell me I am crazy, I humbly smile but inside I am glowing. The reason being is one of my motto’s in life is: “In a positive way, ...

Finding common ground in the abortion debate

No issue divides Americans as abortion does. Both sides are so passionate that it is the only issue that guides their vote-even though there are other pro-life issues. Other divisive social issues, such as school busing (Brown v. Board of Education) and interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia) ...

Hear the other cries for help

Why are so many Americans outraged about the illegal immigration on the Mexican border? Why are they so concerned about saving the children and the effect it will have on the United States? Is it because we see all of them on TV, and it is heartbreaking? But wait. We have an even more ...

Evangelicals on wrong side in treatment of immigrants

Do the Republican Party and evangelicals support child abuse and neglect? In the past prior to Trump, this would have been a crazy question with a clear answer of no. In the Trump White House and Republican Senate and for a large majority of evangelicals, the answer now is yes, in my opinion. ...

The US can do better treating migrant children

The same administration that claims to protect the life of the unborn asserted through attorney Sarah Fabian to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the government has no obligation to provide toothbrushes, soap and hygiene products for children under terms of the Flores Settlement, which ...

Memories of climbing the school flagpole

Many years back, when I was a kid about 8 or maybe 9, there was a very, very tall flag pole in the school yard. One sunny and hot Saturday, I decided to climb to the top, just because it was there — not a good idea. There was no rope or flag on the pole, so all the better, I thought. I ...

US not main offender behind climate change

The world is going to end in 12 years, unless we do something about global warming. The problem is that an ignorant statement by a millennial does not make it so. Scientific evidence proves that at the advent of humans on the planet, Earth was 15 degrees warmer than it is now. Yet many ...

Reunion of Vietnam veterans

EDITOR: I am sending a photo of two old veterans and their wives who were reunited June 4 after nearly 51 years. Bob LeFleur of Florence, Wis., and I served in Vietnam with the 20th Engineer Battalion at Pleiku in 1968. We lost contact after Vietnam. After 50 years, I thought I’d try ...

Good job done by departing IM superintendent

Bouquet - From Bob Furno, Iron Mountain: Thank you, Raph Rittenhouse, for a job well done as Iron Mountain School District superintendent under difficult and trying circumstances for you and your family. To your credit, you have handled the adversity with class with malice towards none. You ...

Advice for graduates

EDITOR: The greatest gift you can give to society and the human race is to help people realize their potential and how special they are as an individual, no matter their current situation. Every person inside themselves has a positive potential waiting to be awakened. Imagine what kind of ...

Younger people deserve better pay

I recently visited a local fast-food restaurant and I was waited on by an employee with no name tag. I asked this pleasant young woman if she just started and she affirmed that she did and her name tag was not ready yet. She also mentioned that while I might find her at the restaurant in the ...

Remembering those who served during D-Day

On this 75th anniversary of D-Day ... a moment to recognize the service of my father, Joe Parsons. When his number came up in the World War II draft, he departed Trout Lake, Michigan, by rail for Chicago. Mom reminded him over the years that he didn’t have to go when he did ... he had a ...

Employers need to change testing for marijuana

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, I feel that employers must address this matter in a way that is fair for employees. You cannot deny that cannabis is now legal, so let’s stop controlling what employees do after they leave work for the day, by having all ...

GOP complicit in Trump actions

Is the Republican Party corrupting the rule of law? I ask this question because it seems central to the decisions of Attorney General Barr, the actions of President Trump and inaction of the Republican Party. Looking at the actions of the attorney general, it appears he is following the ...

No benefit to US clash with Iran

Iran is not and never will be a threat to the U.S. Why, then, are superhawks U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton beating the drums for the U.S. to invade Iran? The only beneficiaries would be local rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia. Why should we fight ...

Students in Florence again turn out to help

We wrote a letter in the fall about some students from the Florence High School coming to help us rake our yard. When offered money, they said they didn’t want to get paid, that they did it because they just wanted to help. We were so impressed with them we decided to make a donation in ...

Show respect for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is upon us once again. Millions of hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be consumed across our nation. Many look at this day as the “official” start of summer. As we enjoy the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let’s not forget the true meaning of ...

Make calls for climate policy

I’m writing to urge your readers to call our U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman to ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, on June 5, a national call day promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group. Passage of this bipartisan, revenue-neutral legislation will ...