Letters to the Editor

What’s next, the National Guard?

EDITOR: Last week Congressman Jack Bergman organized a town meeting at Bay College in Escanaba surrounded by police officers and a K-9 dog. Why? What’s next? When he comes to Michigan Tech or to the Calumet Theatre for his next “townhall” do we need to call in the National Guard? ...

It was just an accident

EDITOR: Healthcare has affected all of us at some point in time since we were born. Either a trip to the emergency room for a wrist x-ray, or being in labor in the maternity ward. And, our lives can change instantly. All it takes is for a motorist to run a stoplight and t-bone your vehicle. ...

Oppose the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act

EDITOR: There is a movement to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in Congress. With continuing controversy about the accuracy, conduct and participation in American elections, this is not the time to abolish the only federal entity devoted exclusively to improving election ...

Bergman, Coleman were demeaning to constituents

EDITOR: I attended the Jack Bergman Town Hall held at the Besse Auditorium. The auditorium was filled and the “overflow” were in another room whereas there was interaction both to and from. The town hall was scheduled for one hour in length. There were at least three law enforcement with ...

Broken no-fauult system need to be reformed

EDITOR: When Michigan’s auto no-fault laws were first enacted Richard Nixon was president, Al Kaline patrolled the outfield for the Detroit Tigers and Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” spent five weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100. That was nearly 45 years ago. A lot has changed since ...

Bergman’s position on climate change a concern

EDITOR: I attended Congressman Bergman’s town hall on Wednesday evening at Bay College. In response to a question Representative Bergman declined to comment on or express an opinion about the Pentagon’s assessment that climate change represents a grave threat to our national security. As ...

Support local businesses that give back to community

EDITOR: With new businesses coming into our town, everyone will be there to check them out. But lets not forget about the businesses you, your parents, or grandparents turned to when they needed a sponsor for a sports team. Maybe it was a pool league, darts or bowling, or many other sporting ...

The Medicare scam

EDITOR: At the WBKB Alpena Fox News Candidate Forum in July 2016, when asked if he supported either reforming or privatizing Social Security and Medicare, Jack Bergman said, “Reform of privatize Medicare, did I get that right? And Social Security? Well, number one, I believe that over the ...

Defending Trump

EDITOR: Valerie Destrampe wrote about all of her problems with the Trump Administration. There won’t be enough paper to respond to each issue she raised. I’ll try a few. Lying: Where did President Trump lie? Back it up. Defying regulations: A wonderful thing. We are being choked to ...

Time to start work again

EDITOR: In the Back to the Future series, the clock tower was a central piece in the movie series. Maybe Escanaba’s clock tower can be in Escanaba’s future movie series. We can go forward in time 10 years and see how things have progressed in Escanaba. Of course, the Escanaba clock tower ...

Utility hikes shouldn’t be in Esky budget

EDITOR: When I chose Escanaba for a hometown, it wasn’t my first choice, but the lower utility rates moved it to first place. But this year, my taxes went up, my neighborhood can now be described as “transitional” and sadly, Escanaba’s nickname has become “Methanaba.” When I ...

Question everything

EDITOR: I have two concerns I’d like to address: the first, being the corruption within the legal system. I’ve learned it firsthand. I never thought I’d see myself in jail until it happened even though I was the one who called and reported an offense. What my point is here is that just ...

Why humanities matter

EDITOR: Your town’s library reading program. Understanding the Native American boarding school tragedy. The discussion with veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder. The special arts program at the third grade classroom. Reviewing the effects of poverty on our culture. These are just a ...

It’s time for a third political party

Dear Senators, and Members of the House: With this country becoming more and more “partisan,” meaning a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person especially one exhibiting a blind prejudiced and unreasoning allegiance per Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition. ...

An insult to veterans

EDITOR: American Legion Post 438 of Bark River has conducted a very successful Gun, Knife & Outdoor Show for a few years. Recently the post was contacted by an ATF agent stating the upcoming event was illegal. She cited the Gun Control Act of 1968. She relayed this to one of the ...

Bad news on television

EDITOR: Watching TV news, the hairs of the back of my neck become electrified. Like antenna’s tuned into shockwaves of media updates. I’m a zombie crawling through muck and dirt struggling for fresh air. Anxiety and tension are dumped on me by an untrustworthy administration and ...

Help me learn about Michigan

Dear People of the Great State of Michigan: Hello! I am a fourth grade student in North Carolina. In fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state. I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Michigan as I work on my report. Most of the information that we get ...

Big bill for Trump travel

EDITOR: The U.S. Secret Service has requested $60 million in additional funding for the next year in an attempt to arrive at the most precise estimate yet of the escalating costs for travel and protection resulting from the mostly wheeling and dealing of the Trump family. The Defense ...

Trump and fake news

EDITOR: Since November’s election, the liberal media, CNN (Clinton News Network), MSNBC, etc. have joined forces to attack the new President, because their anointed Democrat did not win; one week the loss was blamed on the electoral college, then the Russians, then Fox and next—- the ...

Don’t rush health care legislation

EDITOR: It’s easy to forget many things, even important things if we get distracted by challenges. That may explain why many have forgotten the compelling picture of the seven-foot stack of paper Sen Mitch McConnell provided, of Obamacare’s health care law back in March 15, 2013. ...