Letters to the Editor

Goodman-AC school needs voters’ support

EDITOR: I am writing this to ask the citizens of Armstrong Creek and Goodman to vote for keeping our children and our school in our community. (Editor’s note: The district has a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot for up to $750,000 a year over three years, to replace a $550,000 referendum ...

Little sense on road spending

Our new governor wants to raise our fuel taxes again. Taxes and plate fees were just raised, but the problem is what we pay at the pump goes for a lot of other things. What we pay at the pump should be for roads only. Our legislature needs to fix that. We also need a change in most ...

Best to focus on the positive

With Shopko closing its doors and the economic hardships the Dickinson County Hospital has faced, it is difficult to be optimistic about this area and its prospects for future growth. However, with an excellent Dickinson County Library, YMCA and community college, that being Bay, this area ...

A month to take note of what social workers do

March is Social Work Month and this year’s theme is “Elevate Social Work.” Social workers for generations have served as leaders, advocates and champions, helping individuals overcome challenges so they can live up to their full potential. Social workers also work tirelessly to improve ...

Trump shames himself and all

I was absolutely stunned to read several of President Trump’s tweets over the last week in which he degraded Sen. John McCain for not voting Trump’s way on several recent bills in Congress. He also accused McCain of a lie that everybody knows he did not say. But, then, this isn’t the ...

Not making America great

Some presidents have been brilliant politicians. Some have been towering statesmen. Some have been both. The person currently occupying the White House is neither. He has used his office and the power entrusted to him to enrich himself and his friends. He fears the “other.” Women are other; ...

IM’s controversial loss leads to calls for instant replay

EDITOR: To start off with, I am generally not a big supporter of Iron Mountain High School sports, especially basketball. Unfortunately, I think you were likely denied a state championship by the officials. Overall they did a good job, but the calls in the last few seconds were likely blown ...

A different take on the calls

EDITOR: There was nothing controversial about the two mistakes made in the final seconds of the championship game between Iron Mountain and Pewamo-Westphalia. When you catch the ball with both feet planted, because the ball sets you back, coming at you so fast, you cannot go anywhere without ...

Trump should respect all vets

Are the veteran organizations becoming extensions of Trump for money? I ask that question because of this president’s unwillingness to respect and honor veterans he does not like. If a president does not like or disapproves of a veteran’s beliefs, that is a personal matter that needs to be ...

An outsider’s take on IM’s state title game

My name is John Jester. I live in the Lansing area. After volunteering at the MHSAA boys basketball final and witnessing the events that transpired this past Saturday, I felt compelled to comment. I’d like to start off by saying I am completely and totally impartial in this game and actually ...

Climate change more pressing emergency than southern border

Thank you for keeping readers informed regarding the declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border. This emergency is getting a tremendous amount of government time and attention, as well it should be. Unfortunately, the far bigger national emergency, not to mention global crisis, ...

Freedom of the press

In 1998, while teaching Human Rights in Ekaterinburg, Russia, I became friends with a human rights activist, Andrey Mironov. Sadly, later Andrey, along with a photographer, were the first journalists killed in the current Ukraine conflict with Russia. It was through Andrey that I became ...

Problem with proposal to hike gas tax for roads in Michigan

Well, the squirrels are back in the attic again ... and this time it’s personal. The newly elected Democratic governor of Michigan didn’t waste any time in proposing to separate us from our money by raising the gas tax by 45 cents a gal. Seems that their platform is tax and spend, not ...

The differences between the parties in the US

There are stark differences that exist from political group to political group in our country. One group wants to allow infanticide (letting babies die after they are born) and partial-birth abortion (ending a baby’s life in the third trimester). The same group advocates for federal taxes ...

Lawmakers not doing job on roads

My wife and I took a bit of ride down to Crivitz, Wis., to have lunch with her parents one day this week. What a ride it was. Now, we did take my Ranger truck, which does have a truck suspension and rides a bit harder than the Explorer. With that as a given, all I can say is, what a ride it ...

Help to prevent veteran suicides

EDITOR: Suicide is a national public health concern that affects communities everywhere. Yet, it is preventable. While the VA has several suicide prevention initiatives and programs, the most important suicide prevention effort comes from those who are closest to the veteran. ...

Remembering milk deliveries

Living in the Chicago area in the late 40’s and early 50’s, the area dairy company would deliver quart bottles of milk in wire baskets. The baskets held six bottles, with a handle in the middle. Refrigerators were new on the market and the quart bottles fit best in them. Also, with the ...

Promises to be a good show

EDITOR: On March 23 the Braumart Theatre will present an evening with an Elvis tribute Band. Anthony Shore, aka Elvis, is a family friend with a great professional voice, whether singing as Elvis or himself and his performances are wonderful. I would guess this will be a sold-out show, so ...

Lower insurance could cost in end

You’re stopped behind a vehicle at a stoplight on your motorcycle. Your left foot is on the floorboard, your right foot is on the pavement. A fast-approaching car from behind you has a driver searching for a charging cord and they never look up. The impact launches you from your seat. Your ...

Taking note of Yooper ingenuity

I was shopping in Iron Mountain and saw a little lady come out of the store to one of those “jacked up” pickup trucks. She opened the door and took out a step stool with a rope attaching it to the truck. She put the stool under the door opening and then she stepped on the stool, got in the ...