Letters to the Editor

Problems with Ludington Park gazebo

EDITOR: I was born and raised in Escanaba and I love Ludington Park and its million dollar view of the water. But, I’m disappointed in the condition of its memorial fountain and gazebo. My granddaughter, Taylor, lovingly planned every detail of her July 15 wedding to take place at the ...

Call for help was answered

EDITOR: I got myself in a bit of trouble while on my fat bike on the Days River Trail on July 6, and I would like to thank the people who helped me out. I crashed while on a slippery bridge and messed up my left knee pretty bad. My husband tried to get to me with his pickup, but he was ...

Fireworks vote

EDITOR: I was recently strongly criticized on social media for abstaining from the city council vote to “fix the Escanaba Fireworks Ordnance.” The truth is that I abstained from a vote on the “motion to delay fixing the Escanaba Fireworks Ordnance for four needless weeks.” I very ...

A friend to veterans

EDITOR: I was recently accused on social media of disrespecting veterans because I did not immediately accept the idea (in a private conversation) that fireworks place veterans in danger of suicide. Initially I thought it was an exaggeration (along with scaring pets and children and setting ...

Recreational marijuana in Michigan

EDITOR: I don’t smoke cigarettes or pot. But I do hope you are not basing what your polls say on whether recreational pot should be legalized here in the state of Michigan. There is medical marijuana and there is the kind you get on the sly. You can bet the ones who take in on the sly will ...

Health care should be right

EDITOR: People in general just can’t seemed to get it through their heads that health care should be right if you live in a Democratic society. A government for the people, by the people health concerns should not be an issue. Thirty two out of 33 developed nations have universal health ...

Equal footing

EDITOR: An argument could be made that all are not given the same opportunities to be successful in life. No argument here, as many are born into less fortunate situations than those of us born in America. To paraphrase this thought, “we are not all born with equal footing.” Or are ...

Congressional health care hypocrisy

EDITOR: Trump and the Republicans in Congress placed a losing bet on repealing of the Affordable Care Act. Now they hope that it will fail, leaving millions of Americans without health insurance. Funny, they can’t agree on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but they have no problem ...

Too many sleepless nights of fireworks

EDITOR: There were too many donations to the fireworks? Perhaps Mr. Blaser could persuade his fellow city council members to take some of those “excess donations” and maybe put another Public Safety officer on duty to handle fireworks complaints. I understand the day before, the day of ...

Support for coach

EDITOR: You just fired Ken Hofer/Menominee, Paul Polfus/Carney, Joe Reddinger/North Dickinson, Chris Hofer/Kingsford, etc. Chad Brandt, your football coach and AD is on his way to join that list of all time greats. Here’s the guy who’s the face of all your programs, the one positive ...

Happy with fireworks

EDITOR: Oh my gosh. Now we have a councilperson saying “Most of us think” the fireworks were too long. Did you conduct a survey? If you did think they were lasting too long — a simple solution — you leave. Our family was so happy the fireworks started a little earlier, perhaps because ...

Express your feelings on local fireworks ordinance

EDITOR: We all agree that the July 4, 2016, Escanaba fireworks show was too short. The excuse was the bad weather. Most of us think that the July 4, 2017, Escanaba fireworks show was too long. The excuse is that there were too many donations for the show this year! If I were in charge of ...

Say thank you to Escanaba Public Works

EDITOR: Yesterday, July 5, I walked through Ludington Park. It looked like a garbage truck exploded. I don’t know why it is that people don’t take more pride in their local community while celebrating our nation’s independence. People throw litter, dirty diapers, residuals from ...

Enbridge Line 5 testing

EDITOR: The “Tests confirm Line 5 is in excellent condition” penned by John Gauderman, director, Great Lakes Region for Enbridge, in the Press on June 26 leaves us with a false sense of security. The hydrostatic testing, according to Enbridge, “confirm that Line 5 is in excellent ...

Not my voter records

EDITOR: I am very annoyed that my voter records would be uselessly handled by a government commission to appease the President’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. There have been problems with personnel information in both the government and military, obviously anyone can carelessly carry ...

A path to violence

EDITOR: Those helping battered women know about “grooming.” It’s a way of disarming another by slowly eroding their natural defenses. The process starts by stroking the women’s confidence. After gaining trust, abusive elements are added. When she gets upset, she is soothed and ...

I will read who I want to read

EDITOR: The correct statement, Mr. Grant, is that your president on the electoral votes, and Hillary won the popular vote by 3.2 million more people true. Late night comedians are getting their material directly from POTUS. How could they not? Tweets, hair, orange tan, mile-long ties, ...

Are you speaking out?

EDITOR: Where is the outrage? Since Jan. 20, 2017, we have witnessed daily subtle and not-so-subtle attacks on our democracy. This is not normal; nor should it become the norm. The Trump administration is now routinely barring cameras, sometimes audio, in the daily press briefings. Let that ...

Debate is great, hatred is not

EDITOR: In response to Katherine Leduc’s attempt to reprimand me for wanting “some” columnists silenced. I am all for free speech. Debate is great. However, hatred has not been this prevalent for a long time. Just tonight, Rob Reiner says that its all-out war against Trump. Johnny Depp ...

A giveaway of the nation’s aviation assets

EDITOR: Your recent column from longtime Washington media figure John Stossel about privatizing air traffic control (“Why keep a primitive air traffic control technology?”, June 17) may play well in some Inside-the-Beltway circles, but it unfortunately left readers without some key ...