Letters to the Editor

Support the backpack program

EDITOR: It was approaching winter break, most children are fidgeting restlessly awaiting the ring of the final school bell. They are anticipating the games they will play, hanging out with friends, dreaming of gifts they hope to receive, and relishing two whole weeks of sleeping in. ...

Day of infamy

EDITOR: On December 7th, 1941, President Roosevelt told our nation that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a day of infamy. Another Day of Infamy occurred on Jan. 22, 1973, when the Supreme Court made abortion legal in the U.S. Just over one million soldiers have died in all America’s wars ...

Bergman a disappointment

EDITOR: The recent passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” caps a disappointing year for Northern Michigan citizens who pay attention to federal governance and its effects on our community, our nation, and the world. We are being led by a president who is reckless, has no moral compass, ...

Climate change is real even though it’s been cold recently

EDITOR: Even though the great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field of atmospheric and earth science believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for a dangerous global warming and climate change, President Trump recently joked that we could use a little ...

Remembering Bobby Kennedy

EDITOR: The summer that Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, 1968, I was 15. 1968 was a year of great division and anger and strife in America, and Bobby Kennedy seemed to float above it as someone who could make peace and love real, just by his presence. One of the things that I remember ...

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed

EDITOR: What is National Catholic Schools Week? Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2018 is Jan. 28 - Feb. 3. Schools typically observe the annual ...

Bring back passenger trains

EDITOR: Its time to bring back our old faithful steam engined passenger trains. The trucking industry made short work of our trains with government lobbyists to divert our subsidies from trains. Now we are “warehoused” in airports. Passenger trains, heavy ones, are needed — not ...

Too cold for fireworks

EDITOR: A big shout out to the coordinator of the fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. We were driving to our taxi office and turned on 1st Avenue North just as the finale happened. It was awesome! I do have to question why Escanaba does this in this climate. I think it was 2 above zero ...

Don’t blame the Democrats

EDITOR: In response to Ed McBroom’s Dec. 14 Letter to the Editor: I think we can all agree that Michigan needs to lower its highest in the nation auto insurance rates, however Mr. McBroom’s letter blames Representative Scott Dianda and the House Democrats for the no-fault auto ...

Tax cuts and deficits

EDITOR: Now that Republican tax cuts for corporations and the super-rich will add 1.5 trillion dollars ($1.5000,000,000,000) to the deficit, how will they fund the massive investment in infrastructure that Trump promised? Will they shrink the bloated military budget? No. Will they withdraw ...

Support for prosecuting attorney

EDITOR: This letter is a response to Ms. Rye, and other individuals who have recently submitted letters speaking negatively about our prosecuting attorney. I do not know if Prosecutor Strom made the correct decision in the highly publicized Rapid River case. However, admitting this is the ...

Understand Strom’s role as prosecutor

EDITOR: I am saddened to read yet another letter criticizing Phil Strom as prosecuting attorney and the parents in the Rapid River case. I would ask The Daily Press to reprint what Mr. Strom wrote on Sept. 16, 2017, in response to a letter that had appeared several days prior to that. I ...

Community support of Michigan State Police appreciated

EDITOR: On Dec. 9 and 10, 2017, troopers from the Michigan State Police, Gladstone Post, held Stuff A Blue Goose events in Escanaba and Menominee. The overwhelming generosity from both communities was tremendous and humbling. Troopers were able to fill a patrol car, known as a “Blue ...

State needs auto insurance reform

EDITOR: Recently, Michigan’s Representatives had the tremendous opportunity to vote to reform Michigan’s auto insurance. I say tremendous because it has been decades since the last vote to overhaul and changes are so desperately needed. The reforms would have allowed seniors to avoid ...

All about the money

EDITOR: This is in response to Bart Hautala of Heritage Energy. In his letter to the editor, Bart claims Heritage’s windmills are “not about the money”. So why aren’t you erecting industrial turbines in your hometown of Traverse City instead of the Garden Peninsula which is only a ...

Actions speak louder than words

EDITOR: I find it interesting that Delta County is getting the first Child Advocacy Center in the U.P. and it appears Delta County Prosecutor Phil Strom is promoting the concept because according to him it will offer children victims different services including advocacy services. This is ...

Simple ideas and a bit of inspiration

EDITOR: Did you know that engaging in small daily acts of creativity leads to a sense of well-being? It’s more than a random feel good moment and it’s actually a positive emotion of well-being! Researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that people report being ...

Middle class can’t get ahead

EDITOR: There would not be hundreds of American boys in cemeteries around the world if our leaders in Washington had acted early on, to stop the dictators from their evil rampages! North Korea and Iran have to be stopped. Our pathetic politicians had better wake up or go home. As for ...

Middle class loses in tax plan

EDITOR: The tax bill under final discussion in the U.S. House and Senate have this in common: neither reduces the taxes of the middle class of our country, and neither has been debated and discussed with us, the voters, at all. Do we, the people, not have a voice, for legislation this ...

Do the research yourself

EDITOR: I have to say, I’m a little tired of all the back and forth between many residents of the Garden Peninsula and Bart Hautala of Heritage Sustainable Energy (and yes, I do recognize the irony of my contribution to this). I’d like to suggest an alternative to the “he said, she ...