Letters to the Editor

Support second chances

EDITOR The goal of incarceration and community supervision has been redefined. The primary purpose used to be incapacitating a person convicted of a crime until their sentence was complete, an approach that inevitably led to high recidivism rates and wasted taxpayer dollars. But today, ...

Concerned about decision

EDITOR: I am writing to express my alarm at the result of a vote taken this past week in the U.S. Congress House of Representatives concerning a decision on what is basically infanticide, i.e. no prosecution as a result of a decision between a mother and her physician to withhold necessary ...

Save yourself, save you neighbor

EDITOR: In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow or ice will impede emergency fire response. Fire engines carry a limited amount of water, so one of the first tasks upon arriving at a fire scene is to locate a water ...

Escanaba and marijuana

EDITOR: i spoke briefly at the town hall on Delta County’s views on supporting the marijuana industry coming to Escanaba and creating hundreds of jobs for lower income families. i am concerned that the only members that are going to get rich off of this industry are community leaders who ...

Escanaba’s school mascot

EDITOR: Hello, Escanaba School Board Officers: I’m writing in regards to the school’s choice of “mascot,” Mo the Eskymo. I attended last night’s basketball game between Escanaba and Boyne City, which is where I saw the mascot. Frankly, I was horrified at the caricature of a Native ...

United Way has strengthened its policies

EDITOR: As recently reported in the Daily Press, Carrie Flath pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the United Way of Delta County. The United Way contracted with Flath’s employer to assist with bookkeeping services, and one of her duties was to make deposits for the United Way. We are ...

Get off the phone

EDITOR: Walking in the mall I saw friends Jill and Jason — but they walked by and neither acknowledged me. I was puzzled. Later I saw my old friend, Dory, and she also ignored me. Days later I saw Phil, from work, and oddly he didn’t even hear me call his name from 15 feet away. I was ...

What happens to the building?

EDITOR: It is sad to see the enrollment numbers dropping in Escanaba schools. I read the story in the paper. How many of you read the points that were made about the Junior High/ Upper Elementary (whatever you call it) School building. The renovations of that building will have “extensive, ...

Druganaba is a horrendous name

EDITOR: For much of my work career before retirement, I worked professionally as a counselor for children and young adults ages 7-25 in schools, the YMCA and 6 universities. Although I was not certified in substance abuse counseling, I did some of that with supervision and in teams. Connected ...

Three years and a bridge

EDITOR Each time I cross the Mackinac Bridge I am more in awe of it. This magnificent structure was completed in three plus years over 60 year ago. Think about it. The project Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Escanaba River Bridge has going will be into its third year soon. ...

Congress has little respect

EDITOR: Will we be ready for an onslaught of political rhetoric, the likes of what we have never seen? Congressional hearings expose the limitations of our elected members as they routinely smear and insult potential appointees. The partisanship shown is a definite turn off to future ...

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

EDITOR: 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 Iron Mountain VA Medical Center and its seven ...

Concerning Stone’s arrest

EDITOR: The article concerning Roger Stone arrest left out many facts concerning this event. When a arrest is made first to issue such arrest a judge must sign the legal document order for the warrant base on some facts. At the time of the warrant one does always need have a criminal record ...

Escanaba and marijuana

EDITOR: At the Feb. 7 Escanaba City Council meeting, I intend to offer an ordinance to temporarily opt-out of retail and commercial marihuana in the city of Escanaba. I favor allowing marihuana in Escanaba, because a majority of the Escanaba voters approved Proposition 1. Why opt-out at all? ...

Roger Stone’s arrest

EDITOR: These cold dark mornings don’t make it easier to get up. Could be worse. What if you awakened at 6 a.m. to loud pounding and shouts at your front door? Half asleep, stumbling to the door you sense these aren’t calls for help but demands for entry, threats of harm if you don’t ...

Wait and see on marijuana issue

EDITOR: We have taken a great deal of time to research and study the issues concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan. Here are just some of the facts that were found: 1. The Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 substance, which states it ...

Thanks for repairing water main

EDITOR: I have been critical of the city crews in the past. Today, they deserve everyone’s respect and thanks. At 5:30 a.m. the temperature was way below zero when the water main broke. How many of us, you and me, would even be outside in those temps? Yet, the crews went to work and what ...

Protect animals during cold weather

EDITOR: Animals left outside can suffer potentially deadly frostbite and hypothermia, as well as dehydration when water sources freeze. Short-haired breeds, young or elderly animals, and small animals are especially at risk. Dogs are often tied up outside 24 hours a day, sometimes with ...

Response to letter

EDITOR: Thank you Gary Niedermaier for your not “In This Country” Letter to the Editor....great literary take. Not okay: “Polluted air and water; lack of spiritual guidance; hungry children; veterans in poor situations; money for cancer research.” Definite needs. You wrote: ...

Build the wall

EDITOR: Barriers exist to prevent unwanted elements from infiltrating and degrading a preferred, existing condition. Some are natural; climate, mountain ranges, and large bodies of water have hindered invading hordes throughout history. Our body’s immune system is an example of a biological ...