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Letters to the Editor

Bergman needs to respond better

I wrote U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman about important issues. He only responded to my concern about Russian bounties on U.S. servicemen. Bergman’s Aug. 10 response, abbreviated, was: “Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about recent reports of Russian intelligence units paying the ...

Some thoughts on Sturgis rally

EDITOR: I saw on the television news a story about the annual motorcycle rally and gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota. It was reported that the attendees were pretty much ignoring the advice of the medical community as far as the COVID-19 thing goes. Now, as this is a virus, it does not ...

Help support RSVP funding

As some of you may or may not know, grant funds for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, have been terminated due to state budget shortfalls. We are hopeful program funds will be reinstated for the next fiscal year, as RSVP has become very important to the senior citizens in our ...

We need the pipeline tunnel

Making a living in Michigan these days isn’t always easy. Without access to Line 5, keeping work sites open would get a lot harder. That’s why we need to let Enbridge Inc. build the tunnel under the Mackinac Straits for the pipeline and keep Line 5 in good working order. We need the energy ...

Best to drop off absentee ballots

Heavy, heavy pressure out there against mailed ballots. Mr. Trump insists that absentee voting is good, mail-in voting is bad. Clearly, this is a distinction without a difference. In Michigan, anyone who wishes may request an absentee ballot — no excuse, no reason necessary. The clerk will ...

Virus doesn’t care about your freedom

EDITOR: I have to make a comment or two about the mask thing. The doctors tell us that if we use them in any kind of public contact indoors or out, we will make a big difference in stopping the spread of this virus. Science in general tells us to wash our hands a lot, avoid touching our ...

Venezuela failed under socialism

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, larger than Saudi Arabia’s. They just can’t get it out of the ground because socialism has destroyed the pricing system and government overspending and debt has caused hyperinflation of their currency, causing it to be worthless. In 1975, ...

Amazing grace over fear, hate

EDITOR: I was at the peaceful protest June 28 in front of Charmaine’s Beauty Bar in Iron Mountain, hosted by Charmaine Cain, believed to be the only Black business owner in Iron Mountain, and her cousin, Tia, from Milwaukee. This was the fourth peaceful demonstration in Iron Mountain for ...

Women veterans office proposed

EDITOR: Women veterans have always played an active role in the United States military, dating back to service to our nation’s first military in the Revolutionary War. Now, they serve all of us in roles in every branch of service, ranging from fighter pilot to intelligence analyst to ...

Support for local law enforcement

I am outraged at what is happening in our major cities today. Police officers are being ridiculed, attacked and beaten. These people are not protesters. They are criminals. I would like to thank the men and women of our community who protect and serve. Kingsford Public Safety, Iron Mountain ...

Absentee ballot safest way to vote

We are volunteers with Voters Not Politicians and citizens of Iron County concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on voter safety in polling places during the August primary and November general elections. VNP has launched the VoteSafe program to ensure safe, secure access to the ballot for ...

With freedom, responsibility

We’ve heard it before — with freedom comes responsibility. We have freedom of speech, but it’s a crime to yell “fire” in a crowded movie theatre when there is no fire. We have freedom to drive a car when we’re old enough, but we must have a license, proper registration, insurance, ...

A suggestion to reopen schools

A plan for reopening school in our community: — Half of students attend school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Home school online on Tuesdays and Thursdays. — Second half attend school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Home school online on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This leaves room for ...

BLM movement mischaracterized

EDITOR: This is in response to the Letter to the Editor on July 8 from Ms. Trask. Ms. Trask admonished the Iron Mountain City Council on the resolution they passed affirming the Black Lives Matter movement. Ms. Trask stated that BLM’s “agenda is dangerous and includes leaders who threaten ...

Woman wrong to confront officer

EDITOR: Recently, one of the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd Jr. was grocery shopping at Cub Foods in a suburb of Minneapolis when he was asked by a woman if he was indeed one of the officers involved. The officer admitted he was J. Alexander Kueng. The woman then ...

IM council should rescind support of BLM movement

A recent front-page article announced that the Iron Mountain City Council passed a resolution affirming the Black Lives Matter movement. No doubt their intentions were good and they wanted to proclaim that racism is ugly and unwelcome in our community. Who wouldn’t agree with that? But I ...

Nothing wrong with absentee voting system

I have heard our president speaking this past week about a flood of ballots, fraudulent ballots, being sent in for the upcoming election from Europe and other places to slant our election process. When I heard this, I had to wonder how the president’s staff let him include such an ...

McBroom fails to reveal all facts in supporting Line 5 tunnel

EDITOR: This is in response to an op-ed by state Sen. Ed McBroom that recently appeared in the Escanaba Daily Press. His piece voices strong opinions in favor of the tunnel project but fails to explore the facts about Line 5 and the proposed tunnel. He claims the tunnel will make a safe ...

LaFave on wrong side over microchip bill

State Rep. Beau “stop top-down government” LaFave is hard on Gov. Whitmer because he supports personal freedoms. He’s not for statewide efforts to curtail COVID-19’s spread like the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” approach, even though the COVID-19 has killed 5,915 Michiganders. He’s not ...

On the brink of a new Civil War?

This presidential election, the one issue that will be the deciding factor on who I vote for will be who is the best candidate most qualified to unite the country. The reason being follows: Recently, at a protest in Atlanta, some Black protesters brought some high-powered firearms with them. ...