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Letters to the Editor

Dems criticize LaFave posts

State Rep. Beau LaFave’s recent photos posted on social media are being called insensitive and racist, according to an article on the online publication Michigan Advance. One photo depicts a meme where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer murders the state budget. The other shows LaFave posing with ...

Impeachment inquiry an unfair process

Everyone in this country watching the recent impeachment hearings should be very frightened. This is not about which political party is “good” or “bad,” or even President Trump. It’s about the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans under our constitution. We are to be considered ...

MCAC deserves financial help

EDITOR: On Oct. 21, there was a letter in the Daily News written by Lola Johnson explaining the work done by the Medical Care Access Coalition, or MCAC. This organization has literally been a lifesaver for many people who otherwise could not afford their medications. MCAC virtually runs on ...

Antoine Park group responds

EDITOR: Lake Antoine Park Partners is a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to preserve, improve and protect Lake Antoine Park. Our monthly meetings are open to the public at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, where we discuss applying for grants and ...

Read what transcript?

I saw a rally on television and the folks in the background all had nice, new T-shirts that said, “Read the Transcript.” Now this caused a bit of confusion for me. What transcript am I being asked to read? I believe I know what piece of paper they want me to read and I have seen it. The ...

Equipment needs to be returned

This is in response to the letter by Diane Schabo in Friday’s paper. What a sad thing to hear, that people who have been helped by this program do not appreciate it enough to return the equipment as requested. Good golly, that is stealing! And stealing from the community and others who are ...

Disagrees with county spending

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners voted to pay $97,000 for electrical upgrades completed this year at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Things to think about — — This was an unbudgeted, unauthorized expense. — There were no repayment terms in the motion. — ...

Divisive political climate needs to be dialed down

I’m a conservative person but have always voted for the person who I think has the best interests of the American people in mind, regardless of party. As such, I went to both of the political booths at the Dickinson County Fair in Norway this year to see what their future plans are for our ...

State needs to restore funding cut by vetoes

On Oct. 11, the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners voted to send a letter to our state representatives detailing the financial impact from Governor Whitmer’s vetoes. The results of these vetoes to Dickinson County are devastating. The reduction in funding will necessitate layoffs of ...

County cancer loan closet needs help, cooperation

EDITOR: With the onset of the holiday season, I’d like to take a minute to first thank all who have donated in some way to the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and has made our organization such a successful endeavor. We are here to help our ...

Almost time for the annual train show in Florence

Some of the folks around here know my wife, Melissa, and I through our annual Florence Country Library train show that happens the second Saturday of December every year. This will be year 11! We started with one train set and a rather small gathering, with more old folks than kids in ...

Think about family — give up smoking

EDITOR: My wife passed away on Jan. 19, 2019, of stage 4 lung cancer. Yes, she smoked, but it is the cigarette companies I would like to go after. They make a poison, they know it, it kills, but there is big, huge money involved. Same with alcohol, addictive and it kills, and snuff. These ...

MCAC needs community’s help to continue helping those in need

I am writing as the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Medical Care Access Coalition, or MCAC. The MCAC was started in 2004, funded by a grant to help the uninsured and under-insured to receive the medical treatments and testing through services donated by local physicians and ...

Should Trump be above the law?

Is anyone above the law? This requires we define what that means. It means that the justice system cannot investigate, charge/indict, try or convict a person for any suspected criminal act or activity. This has happened in some countries where the leader was viewed as ordained from a deific ...

SAY Soccer needs volunteers

SAY Soccer started in our area about 1980. By 1992, we had more than 2,000 kids on our rosters. All kids who sign up get on a team and all players must play half a game. It is a great sport for this reason and many others. In 2019, we had 1,200 players. Many of the SAY board members are ...

Salvation Army strives to meet human needs

EDITOR: The Salvation Army Bread of Life Center is a Salvation Army Service Extension Unit of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army vision, as a leader in ...

Having local hospital essential

Over the past few years, Dickinson County Healthcare System has weathered a lot of controversy, and its future is still up in the air today. I want to apologize to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for taking so long to tell my story. In December of last year, I fell 23 feet off my two-story ...

Most men would love to have had Gronkowski’s job

EDITOR: You’ve got to be kidding me. Rob Gronkowski, former tight end for the New England Patriots, recently retired from football because, he stated, “I want to be clear to my fans. I needed to recover. Football was bringing me down and I didn’t like it. And I was losing that joy in ...

Paying fair share of taxes

EDITOR: My momma told me that fair is a place where pigs are judged. Apparently, they were not fat enough this year — “Appeals settled in tax tribunal filings,” Sept. 14 issue of The Daily News. Property taxes pay for roads and services that are used by all contributors to the local ...

Trump given too much power

EDITOR: Is the executive branch all that matters in the time of Trump? I understand that our Constitutional democracy has been eroded by the use of executive power by both main political parties, but it is hard to have imagined the extent it is now happening and the complicity of the ...