Letters to the Editor

No respect for rules of the road

Drivers not following the basic rules of the road have gotten out of control. Almost no one stops completely at stop signs, even when crossing traffic is present. Yield sign are not obeyed, either — some will tap the brake, but many treat them like they are not there at all. A block down ...

Dickinson clerk backs Proposal 3

I am announcing my support for Proposal 3, a statewide ballot proposal designed to remove voting barriers for eligible voters and protect the integrity of Michigan elections. If adopted, the proposal would: — Protect the right to vote using a secret ballot. — Ensure military service ...

Supports Carlson for judge

As your former prosecutor, district judge and current circuit judge, I am proud to endorse Grant Carlson to be our next district judge. I do not regularly endorse candidates. However, I felt compelled under these circumstances. I am familiar with and respect the judicial appointment process. ...

Favors McBroom for state Senate

I am writing to tell everyone why they should support Ed McBroom for state Senate. I got to know candidate McBroom during his first term as a Michigan Representative, which would have been in 2010. Those of you who know me know all about the problem I have had with the Michigan Department of ...

Keep Divoky on FP school board

Deb Divoky was elected to the Forest Park School Board in November 2012 and is currently running for another term of office. Before her election, she was appointed to complete John Harrison’s term of office. Deb has her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University in Chicago ...

Reality of the situation

Many people are unhappy with the current political climate. One major change that says a lot about where we are at is that a hostile foreign power (Russia), along with home-grown right-wing extremist organizations with racist, neo-Nazi, and anti-semitic views are now actively supporting ...

Glad to live in Michigan

My name is Elisha Kitchen. When I was 6 years old, I was hit by a car when I got off of my kindergarten school bus. It was Valentine’s Day 1989. I spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital. I am paralyzed from the neck down and use a ventilator to breathe. I am going to be 36 in December. I am a ...

Stability and progress

On Nov. 6, cast your vote for Lisa Basanese and Robert Langsford, incumbent Iron Mountain School Board members. They have served the district well and deserve your vote so they can continue to assist all the students of Iron Mountain Public Schools. Read the ballot carefully and cast your ...

Optimist and a realist

I am writing this short letter to explain the reasoning behind my decision to vote for Ed McBroom for Michigan’s 38th District State Senate seat. We live in the most interesting of times. Everything has become so incredibly and insanely political, it can be disheartening. Even with all ...

Continue to improve district

In the upcoming election two candidates deserve to be returned to the board. Lisa Basanese and Robert Langsford have done a commendable job in a very difficult time for the district. They were part of the team that has brought the district back to a high level of stability. They both know ...

Fooled by Roe v. Wade

Many people are fooled by Roe v. Wade, and believe that Democrats like to kill babies. Excuse me? Who benefits the most? Roe v. Wade is an awesome vote-getter for Republicans, by blaming Democrats, or they would have voted it out right now, while they are 100 percent in control of government. ...

Proposal 2 deserves support

EDITOR: Proposal 2 is designed to end gerrymandering in Michigan. Gerrymandering occurs every ten years after the US Census is taken and voting districts must be redrawn due to changes in population. The redrawing process is controlled by the party in power. Naturally they want to redraw ...

Think before voting

EDITOR: In less than a week we are having one of the biggest elections that isn’t a presidential year election. We are going to decide if the Senate and the House of Representatives will stay under the power of the Republicans or if the Democrats will have the majority in one or both ...

Small business is the engine

EDITOR: I was on the Ontonagon County Economic Corporation as a trustee for several years and the bulk of my insight is related to that experience. Shortly before I started on the EDC board, the White Pine Mine went out of business, shortly after that, the Smurfit Stone Paper mill went ...

It does no good to hate

EDITOR: I know I usually fill a column with my thoughts. This may be my shortest letter. Do not hate. Do not hate those you do not understand. You will be the first target and you will be the first victim of your hate. It will eat you up. It will destroy your life. Do not hate. Learn. ...

Why did it get to this point?

Editor: On March 27, 2018, headlines in The Daily News read: “County approves DCHS sale to Bellin.” At a meeting open to the public held on Monday, March 26, 2018, and attended by over 200 people from this community, the reception of Bellin acquiring DCHS was positive and ...

Management has been diligent

Editor: For the past few months I’ve watched as candidates for local political office have tried to use the situation with our hospital for political advantage. The fact is that Michigan Public Act 230, which governs the relationship between the county board and the hospital, ...

Don’t be fooled by rhetoric

EDITOR: After all the negative comments about the Dickinson County Board regarding the hospital issues, I would like to tell you the board has been abreast of the issues and is prepared to do whatever we can to see it stays open and protect the jobs, pensions and services they provide. ...

The choice is clear

EDITOR: There are important issues on the minds of voters this election: health care, roads and education to name a few. But to many Michiganders, preservation of our natural resources and outdoor recreation traditions is also important. On this issue, only Gretchen Whitmer is the candidate ...

Give GOP two more years

EDITOR: Democrats claim to be the party of health care. Their signature accomplishment on health care is Obamacare but because it has failed so miserably, they now are advocating “Medicare for all!” The cost of this program is projected to be $32.6 trillion over 10 years or $23,000 ...