Letters to the Editor

Cost of marijuana

EDITOR The recent passage of Proposal 1 shows that 55 percent of voting Michiganders understand the costs of marijuana prohibition and are ready to pursue evidence-based policies to reduce drug abuse, prohibition related violence and mass incarceration. Marijuana prohibition enforcement ...

Bridge mess continues

EDITOR: On Friday, Jan. 11, the bridge over the Escanaba River(Three Year Bridge) was closed down in the morning. I read the paper every day and never saw anything about it. I was told by a few people that they were cleaning the bridge. When it was re-opened, the ice build-up was still there ...

Escanaba, marijuana and the city council

EDITOR: There has been discussion at Escanaba City Council (but no action to date) on the question, “Should Escanaba “Opt Out” of retail sales of marihuana in Escanaba?” Proposition One, passed in November, allows cities to forbid retail sales of marihuana by opting out. I have two ...

Let’s not go to pot

EDITOR: (I was hoping that someone else would beat me to writing this letter). Recently the Press carried a headline reading: “Residents: Pot Legalization A Good Move.” The article written by Clarissa Kell was primarily interviews with Seth Selthofner of the National Organization for the ...

In this country?

EDITOR: Meals on Wheels for those in need? Not okay. Not in this country. Veterans living under freeway overpasses? Not okay. Not in this country. Salvation Army bell ringers collecting money at Christmas for those in need? Not okay. Not in this country. Marines collecting Toys for Tots? Not ...

New Year resolutions

EDITOR: I resolve to— 1. Boycott the U.P. Marquette law firm that advertises how much they can get you in a divorce case—using the TV commercial featuring a couple arguing...so tacky. 2. Continue to watch pro football, cuz I love it despite the flag respect, but to openly criticize ...

Story touched the heart

EDITOR: The story that ran in the Daily Press Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 2018 very much touched my heart. “Michigan man 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home.” I’ve worked in a nursing home for 24 years full time now. I always said “hardest job I’ve ever had, but most ...

Stabenow a champion for animals

EDITOR: I write to thank U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for her terrific work to include mainstream animal welfare reforms in the recent Farm Bill that passed the Congress overwhelmingly. The Farm Bill contained three key provisions that will impact millions of animal lives and Sen. Stabenow ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: During Vietnam foreign nationals living in the U.S. holding a green card fell under the draft act. If called, they either went into the U.S. Army or returned home. We had five in our company in Vietnam. Nathan, one of our medics, was from Jamaica. An English fellow I didn’t know was ...

Start a new tradition

EDITOR: This Christmas let’s start a new tradition, one we can all do in 15 minutes, preferably on Christmas Eve. At 11:45 p.m. until midnight, after the kids are supposedly sleeping, gather all teens and adults and sit around your decorated tree, lights ablaze, no other lights. Sit ...

When did church attendance become unimportant?

EDITOR: Having just experienced The Festival of Choirs, with everyone heading toward the exit, I overheard this comment: “That almost made me want to go back to church!” Obviously, the choirs had performed exceptionally well, singing traditional Christmas hymns that speak of Christ ...

Don’t dump bottle deposit law

EDITOR: End bottle deposit law - insanity. I will take each issue as they come up. Relieve the strain put on local businesses that have return stations. If the strain is to much for them. they can stop selling anything that has a deposit on it — simple. Michigan recycling rate is one ...

More to the story?

EDITOR: Dear State Sen. Tom Casperson: I am writing regarding the article you had in the Dec. 14 issue of The Daily Press entitled “Put ‘tree police in proper perspective.” You state that less than 10 percent of Michigan’s local governments have an ordinance that allows them to ...

Gladstone utility rates

EDITOR: It’s no secret the city of Gladstone has inflated the cost of utility services to pay for non-utility city operations for over a decade. Each year a little more money was needed. The utility rates went up for electricity, trash and water, a dime here a quarter there. September 2016 ...

Keep the bottle deposit law

EDITOR: The (bottle) deposit law is working. The last time I was in Wisconsin, which I freely admit, was a while ago, the state looked like a garbage dump. Wisconsin at that time, and as far as I know still does not have a deposit law. I am really surprised that our state representative, from ...

Lessons for fans, coaches and players

EDITOR: Most fans “weigh in” on each sporting event watched, which includes opinions expressed during the game as well. The fan sitting alongside endures unsolicited opinion as each game unfolds. The opinions, both during and after the game, sound something like this: ‘What’s the ...

Contemporary Christmas carols

EDITOR: Contemporary Christmas carols Silent Night: Not with kids around. To break the seasonal silence of an alone person, contact them soon. Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Oh, how we can use some additional angelic involvement, now. O Come All Ye Faithful: Faithful to our children, ...

Wind turbine mistake

EDITOR: In a recent letter, I stated that Heritage Energy had moved all wind turbine sites in the Garden II project back to 1,000 feet from all non-participating property lines. I need to apologize for not properly fact checking that with Heritage. They contacted me and informed me that was ...

Keep an eye on children

EDITOR: I would like to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children at the Christmas parade this coming Friday. While the lights are beautiful, the darkness, combined with all the lights, also makes it very difficult for drivers to see the children. Children are focused on the candy ...

Line 5 letter was incorrect

EDITOR: In a letter to the editor Nov. 24, the writer made numerous incorrect assertions regarding the operation of Line 5. Foremost, Line 5 was constructed in 1953 as an option for transporting oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, transporting oil via pipeline has a safety ...