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Letters to the Editor

Facing ‘the toughest game’

Recently, I came across a quote from the poet Edgar Guest in a poem titled, “On Quitting”: “The toughest game you will find is to make your body obey your mind.” The words are like a bolt of lightning in how they sum up life that all of us experience every day. How many times each day ...

Support health department levy

As a local family physician for the past 14 years, I cannot fully emphasize the impact Dickinson County Health Department has on the well-being of our community. I am a strong believer in the education provided for maternal-fetal health. The health department provides this service ...

Changing times in America

The Democrats in Washington D.C. continue to display their jealousy for not holding the presidential office. Rather than discharging their elected duties, it is obvious they are attempting to keep the president too bogged down himself to accomplish his goals. If they truly wanted integrity in ...

Having basics shouldn’t be this tough

I have been bombarded of late with political ads, reporting, campaigning, etc, etc. You, too? Looks like quite a bit of stuff to sort through and figure out in order to make a proper choice, right? Maybe, but let me suggest this. Look in your wallet. Look at your families finances. Look at your ...

US headed down ‘dangerous road’

I am stunned that only two senators could not be bullied. They took the high road during the impeachment hearings and voted to have the witnesses the White House has been blocking. We are becoming a lesser nation when we set aside our values. President Donald Trump admits he adores and loves ...

Disgusted by SB halftime show

EDITOR: What a demon-filled show that was the NFL halftime show. The NFL should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this filth on TV. And to think that there were millions of children watching this filth. Last halftime show I will watch. They showcased the “all-seeing eye of the ...

What’s a better look for IM?

Imagine the following scenario: A CEO of a company asks a vice president, “Did you research the town of Iron Mountain as I asked, as we’re considering possibly setting up an operation there?” First answer: “Yes I did. Not only at one time did they have the most bars per person as any ...

Convenient way to cast ballot

Did you know that if you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card, you can now register to vote online? Did you know that any registered Michigan voter can now vote absentee? (No need to fit any criteria or have any reason.) Did you know that you can request to be placed upon a ...

No notification on physician

Recently, it was mentioned to me that one of my providers was leaving Dickinson County Healthcare System in March. I have not been notified by that physician’s office, not by letter or phone call. It is now the end of January and no one has let me or that physician’s other patients know ...

Elections offer chance for we the people to be heard

Have you driven about lately and noticed the vehicles on our roads? It seems we have evolved nearly beyond the sedan-type of car and replaced that with so called SUV types. Of course, those come in all sizes, as sedans did, but they follow a pattern that allows them at any size to be called ...

An open letter to dog, cat owners

Last week my wife was walking our dog along the rural road by our house, as she has done for the last 30 years with our dogs over the years. Jaxon, our English cocker, scented something and went bounding off into the brush. Almost immediately, she heard horrendous squealing and found our dog ...

IM’s Jewish community once thrived

It was with sadness that I read about the sale of the building that was Anshe Knesseth, the Jewish synagogue in Iron Mountain. It had been founded in the late 1800s by a community of Jews who had fled persecution and anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and Russia. They settled throughout the ...

Area sites offer options for more recycling

Have you noticed Iron Mountain is a city that has many alleys? On garbage day, many of the garbage containers in these numerous alleys are full. Having conquered the elusive science of weights and measures, the results are concerning: 55% of the volume of material put into and around these ...

Bergman vote supports Trump, Putin, not allies

Recent reporting on Congressman Jack Bergman has omitted his votes in the U.S. House on two issues. The impeachment votes cast on Dec. 18 saw First District Congressman Jack Bergman in lockstep with the Trumpist Party — formerly the Republicans — that said, in effect, “it’s OK to ...

Education in life should never stop

I am always surprised when I am out and about and someone recognizes me as a person who writes letters to this forum. How DO they know? In any case, the response I get is pretty much positive, so I shall persist. I had to send this letter today because of a response I got to a comment on ...

The possible future of the UP wood industry

Many Yoopers are employed by the wood product industry. Companies such as Verso and LP help sustain our economy and provide us with products we use in our everyday life. One way to help an industry thrive is through new innovations and the wood product industry may have just that on the ...

Deer proved scarce during hunting season

This year was the 60th deer season that I have hunted. It was by far the worst ever! I do not know where to put the blame, just would like to see some input from others. I hunt in northern Menominee County. It was in the “no baiting” area. The first four days, I saw five deer, one spike ...

Please consider other trail users

I ride the area roads and trails by bike. After an advanced scientific and mathematical analysis of the amount of litter that has been discarded on the sides of area roads, I found that the litter consists mostly of beverage containers and that Busch Light is the most prolifically discarded ...

Why do you put up with this stuff?

I repeatedly see ads on the television for supplements to Medicare. They are for the 20% Medicare does NOT cover. Have you given a thought to how much that might come to? Have you questioned why you need a supplement at all? You pay all your working life for Medicare and then it is only partial ...

Suggestions for the giving season

This time of year many of us give to a charity. If you are wondering which charity you should give your money to, I urge you go to chartitynavigator.org. They have an impressive list of national and international charities with a breakdown of how they will spend your money. Great pie charts ...