Letters to the Editor

Finding money for health care

EDITOR: In a recent edition, you had an editorial cartoon showing a person identified at Kamela Harris and another person next to her with his arm around her shoulders. The caption was, Harris says “Free health care for all” and the other person says, “And how are you going to pay for ...

A week to honor veteran patients

The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, and VA facilities across the nation will be honoring the hospitalized men and women we proudly care for and serve. The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its ...

Another way to see documentary

In response to “Recommends seeing human trafficking film” that was published Jan. 31: For those interested, the documentary mentioned also may be viewed at https://documentaryheaven.com/chosen/

Why is IM post office closed?

There is no reason why the U.S. Post Office in downtown Iron Mountain is closed on Saturday morning. Considering it’s located in the business district, it should be open. It’s very inconvenient to drive over to Kingsford to mail packages. All the carriers now are located out of the Iron ...

Recommends seeing human trafficking film

After reading on the Jan. 25 editorial page of this paper the Caring House article about human trafficking, I can’t get it off my mind. I hope this information gets to all the schools, churches and social media. Every parent should attend the viewing of the documentary “Chosen” with ...

Fake news, fake politicians

How long will we swallow this ______ (you fill in the blank) that politicians unload on us? “Mission Accomplished” said a Bush president, stepping out of a cockpit that he did not always show up to fly when serving in the active military. “ISIS is defeated!” boasts an overgrown ...

Real problem is teacher pensions

I would like to remind the public and the local school boards of the huge cost of education in Michigan. For your information, it is NOT the actual cost of teaching that is the financial burden but in actuality it is the cost of teachers NOT doing their jobs — pensioners. Today, the pensioner ...

Story of three coyotes, one wolf

About 12 to 14 years ago I was living north of what was called the Soo Line tracks on the Menominee River Bank in Faithorn. It was late December. During the night, we had gotten 3 to 4 inches of fresh wet snow. The morning was warm and the sun bright and cheery. I decided, the morning being ...

Federal workers deserve better than job limbo

Are federal employees being treated with the respect due to free men and women? I believe they are not. It appears to me they are being treated like indentured servants by a master that can legally threaten their economic security, withhold compensation, and require work without pay at his or ...

Democratic Party turning to socialism

Supporters of national Democrats such as Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and Tammy Baldwin are now supporting the radical left. The current group of Democrat presidential candidates, once moderate, are now on an apology tour retracting their beliefs of the past eight years. They all now believe in ...

Speak up to keep Title IX strong

As the public policy chairwoman of the Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch of the American Association of University Women, a leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls, I have been acutely aware of the current attacks on Title IX. It is that awareness that inspires me to ...

Salvation Army plans extra food pantry visit

In response to a recent notification by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services pertaining to individual’s receiving his/her SNAP benefit award amounts for February in January due to the government shutdown, individuals are asked to please budget those resources.   The ...

Reader asks: What led you to settle up north?

As one ages, that one’s body keeps an unending parade of medical surprises in store and reveals them at the content of the body and surely not the mind. That circumstance brought me to visit with my medical provider, a doctor in whom I have great satisfaction, but one who I do not often see ...

Parental alienation growing problem

Parental alienation has reached epidemic proportions within the last 30 years. A recent episode of “Dateline” exposed how the mind of a child can be kidnapped by one parent in order to target the other parent. Upon the disturbing conclusion of the show, “Dateline” made information on ...

Looking to locate relatives

My husband is 83, in ill health and was adopted in infancy. In the past year, through Ancestry DNA, we have learned his parents’ names and learned he had five brothers. The one gift he has wanted more than anything is to know from who and where he came; my daughter and I are trying to give ...

White House version of ‘The Apprentice’

I am usually pretty quick on the uptake, but I will admit this one took me a day or so to figure out. The parts finally came together with a report on making “The Apprentice” television show, which starred Donald Trump. I have seen in the near past that one secretary after another have ...

Need to keep local hospital, ER

At 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, my 35-year-old adult daughter had a severe attack of vertigo. We rushed her to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, where she received several tests, multiple medications and was observed for several hours before being released at approximately 4 ...

Wisconsin DOT secretary must continue reforms

One of the key appointments Governor-elect Tony Evers will be making soon is secretary of the Department of Transportation. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and my vote for confirmation will be based on a few considerations. There are innovative reforms that ...

State lawmakers ignore electorate

Recently there were two initiatives brought successfully by voter petition drives in Michigan. Bills 1171 and 1175 increased the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 an hour by the year 2022 and mandated paid sick time for employees. Our legislature gutted both of these bills, ruling the minimum wage ...

Remember the armed forces at Christmas time

EDITOR: A hundred years ago, a month after the war to end all wars ended, American regiments, including one from Michigan, were spending Christmas in harm’s way, sent to fight the Bolsheviks in Russia. So, once again this time of year, let us all remember those in the armed forces and ...