Letters to the Editor

Quit damaging portable restrooms

EDITOR This letter is to thank the city of Escanaba for providing portable restrooms in and around Ludington Park. I and my dog walk nearly every day in the park and I on occasion need to access these facilities. What I don’t understand is why some members of the public think it is ...

Suggestions for the U.P. State Fair

EDITOR Having just returned from your beautiful Upper Peninsula and attending the U.P. State Fair, I want to share my fair experience with you. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 I attended the fair with a local resident who walks with the aid of a cane and who has a handicapped parking permit ...

Football and the flag

EDITOR In regards to all these NFL players who show such disrespect for our anthem. Isn’t it great to be able to earn millions of dollars and show disrespect for those helping you earn it. To show my respect to all of you, I’m going to burn the flag (the Packer flag that is) and never ...

Forestry management reforms needed in 2018 Farm Bill

EDITOR: Although most people don’t give it any thought, virtually everyone uses forest products every day. Forests are especially important to Michigan’s environment, economy and social fabric. Healthy forests play a key role in cleaning air and water, they sustain a $20 billion forest ...

A vote for Democrats

EDITOR: This November we have an opportunity to change our state and our nation for the better. But election campaigns are so negative, that we seem to only hear dire predictions about the bad things that change may bring. To lend balance to this negative view, I would like to point out ...

Explanation about DATA

EDITOR: Mr Grant wrote a letter recently claiming that DATA bought vans to “compete” with the cab service. That is not right at all. The reason why the vans were purchased has everything to do with cost effectiveness. Yes. The vans are used to go to the outlying areas where a larger bus ...

What about the bridge?

EDITOR The bridge over the Escanaba River has had nobody working on it in over six weeks. Why haven’t we, as taxpayers, been updated as to what is wrong? All anybody knows is there is a labor dispute. This past week, every possible person in power in Lansing from the governor to the head ...

History is very important

EDITOR I appreciate and agree with Lee Ann Messimer; Aug. 18 Letter to the Editor, Re: history. More and more people don’t know history. I had a couple of very good teachers in school who made it interesting. I looked forward to history class. In high school, Mr. Hirn was exceptional. The ...

Independent risk analysis for Straits pipeline

EDITOR: This was released as a Draft for Public Comment on July 20, 2018, and was requested by the Michigan DEQ and Natural Resources, the Michigan Agency for Energy, and the Michigan Office of the Attorney General following the recommendations of in the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force ...

A Thanksgiving prayer in Detroit

EDITOR: Aretha Franklin sang the Star Spangled Banner so many times over so many years before so many different games in Detroit, that it would be very difficult to pick one rendition that everyone could agree was her best. But I like one of the last ones, sung at Ford Field before the 2016 ...

The better candidate for Congress

EDITOR This coming November, we have the opportunity to elect a representative for the 1st Congressional District who will truly represent the people here in the Upper Peninsula in Washington DC. For the past two years, we have been represented by a man who seems to be terrified of his ...

Watchdog or lapdog?

EDITOR The talking heads on MSNBC and CNN have been using words and phrases from the Watergate era, such as “Nixonian”, “Enemies List” and “Saturday Night Massacre” to describe goings-on in and around the Trump campaign and presidency. Of course, the idea that matters to these ...

Is history no longer important?

EDITOR Our country, these United States, seems to be stumbling through a time of confusion and disruption. I’m not sure if it is a result of our ever declining educational system or a severe bout of malaise and hypocrisy. Has our history been exaggerated, manipulated or simply ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: There were over a hundred. We called them Ruff Puffs, South Vietnamese Regional Forces/Popular Forces military. Some wore camouflage and carried M-16 rifles. Others sported civilian cotton shorts, sandals and American World War II M-1’s. One, wearing shower thongs, had a Tommy gun. ...

Change readers poll categories

EDITOR I see that the Daily Press Reader’s Poll is out again. Nominations are open. Of course, it is really just for subscribers. A few years back, I guess one restaurant won on eight different categories. One of the categories was something they didn’t even sell. That was also the year ...

Response to city clerk letter

EDITOR Council member Schumann’s letter to the editor needs more detail. Aug. 2 edition, Daily Press. For example: She stated that I only served two years and four months of a four-year term which is incorrect. The term was extended beyond four years due to the change in voting dates that ...

Pro-life, mixed-life and anti-life

EDITOR: My great nephew DJ is a bright cookie. When in seventh grade, he came home one day and told me he had learned about evolution in school and that he did not believe in it because he was a Christian. He added, “Therefore, Uncle Mike, you are not a monkey’s uncle.” When we think ...

Clarification on council meeting

EDITOR: During the last Escanaba council meeting I read a rebuttal to Mr. Berthiaume’s Letter to the Editor that was published and read at the July 19th council meeting. Some portions of his letter were published in a story on the front page of the Daily Press and I felt need to clarify, as ...

Immigrants serve in the military

EDITOR: In response to ‘Immigrants and the Military’: My dad, Emil John Kallio, was a Finnish/Russian immigrant. My grandfather John Kallio, came over from Finland, first. He got a job as a lumberjack in Chatham, Mich. He sent for his wife, Justina, and their three sons Emil (7 years), ...

Who is responsible for delayed bridge work?

EDITOR: I remember, a long, long time ago, I heard the story that a bridge had become unsafe as determined by the people who determine these things. Several plans were talked about and then, with very little thought given to the people who had to use this new bridge, the state hires a ...