Letters to the Editor

Simple solution for student safety

EDITOR: Another shooting at a school…since the school year of 2018 started there has been about 22 school shootings that have made the front page news, not to mention those attempts that have been aborted. I don’t know about you, but as a Mom of three kids, I find this so disheartening ...

What have we become?

EDITOR: What have we become? Yesterday Trump referred to undocumented immigrants as animals (today his press secretary tried to spin this as he meant MS13 gang members — the same gang that many of these refugees are fleeing). In the past couple weeks we have heard about separating ...

Take time to consider Kindergarten move

EDITOR: As a recently retired Webster Elementary Kindergarten teacher, I have been following the information and discussions concerning the possibility of reconfiguring Webster Elementary into a Kindergarten Center. I recall, quite a few years ago, being on a committee from Escanaba schools ...

Listen to voters on school millage

EDITOR: Regarding the May 15 article “School millage: I’ll be back?”, Mr. Chaillier’s comment that “…with a 15 percent turnout, we’re still left with a feeling of wonder if we ran this again in November is it something that we could get out to people.” I wonder if the ...

Meaning of patriotic holidays being lost

EDITOR: Two of out nation’s patriotic holidays are upon us — Memorial Day and Flag Day. Memorial Day seems to be losing it original meaning and Flag Day is all but forgotten. School ending or the beginning of the “summer” season isn’t what Memorial Day is all about. Many, if not ...

Invasion of privacy must stop

EDITOR: Ding-a-ling-a-ling! It sounds like my phone. And it looks like my phone. But when I pick it up, I find it is a sales counter disguised as my phone and I am speaking with a sales clerk. If an uninvited business clerk came through the door and set up a counter in one of my rooms from ...

Another Enbridge issue?

EDITOR: As we all know, there was damage to underwater oil and electrical lines in the Straits of Mackinac, believed to have occurred on or around April 1, resulting in an insulation fluid spill, caused by a tugboat dragging its anchor through the Straits, owned and operated by Vanenkevort ...

Medicare is an important benefit

EDITOR: For more than 50 years, Medicare has provided effective, low-cost healthcare to millions of seniors. In addition, critical health care coverage for many thousands of younger Americans who are disabled is also provided by Medicare. By giving a One trillion, five hundred billion ...

Seeking justice for Todd

EDITOR: We would like to make it clear to the people that we are not appealing the parole board’s decision out of hate or revenge. We are seeking justice for our little brother Todd and trying to keep a promise made to our dying parents to do everything we can legally do by the law to make ...

I can only imagine

EDITOR: I can only imagine. Those four words are the title of a recent movie attracting national attention and great viewership. Catch it next on video. As for me, I can only imagine... - An America less divided about every issue today —- race, religion, guns, armaments, education, ...

Don’t risk my life to read a text

EDITOR A girl was killed last night while taking a selfie while driving. It was on my computer. A lot of you saw the story on your phone while you were driving 70 mph between Esky and Gladstone. How much more can it be pounded into people’s heads that they shouldn’t drive while texting? ...

Planning commission master plan

EDITOR: I want to thank the Fairbanks supervisor for a recent letter to the editor. I agree with his statement that the creation of a Planning Commission to develop a master plan will not raise your taxes. In regards to the fear tactics of recent advertising stating the Planning Commission ...

What happened to downtown beautification?

EDITOR: Escanaba used to be proud of her buildings of Late Victorian and Romanesque architectures. She used to put effort into preserving the beauty and history of what her founders created. Escanaba used to have pride in her miracle-mile downtown and million dollar waterfront. Millions of ...

Hans Nelson parole decision appealed

EDITOR: The 47th Circuit Court is hearing an appeal to a decision make be the Michigan Parole Board to grant parole to Hans Nelson, who is housed in Marquette Detention Facility. On Aug. 17, 1995, Hans Nelson murdered Todd Newman in his home with a sawed-off shotgun. Hans Nelson was given ...

Freedom of speech rights

EDITOR: Morgan Tatrow, Garden Township supervisor and wind lease signer, just contested the Spring Newsletter for 2018 that was submitted by his own fellow township board members because he felt that the information on the May referendum on establishing a planning commission was “slanted” ...

National Skilled Nursing Care Week

EDITOR: National Skilled Nursing Care Week will begin on Mother’s Day, May 13. What a great day to start this week of celebrating each person’s unique story! The theme this year is “Celebrating Life’s stories”. Skilled nursing facilities throughout the area and across the USA will ...

Fairbanks Township proposed planning commission

EDITOR: As the Fairbanks Township supervisor I have received several requests to clarify issues on the proposed planning commission. Cost estimates top the list and while it is impossible to nail down an exact price, none I’ve seen tell their whole story. The quote of No Cost by Richard ...

Proposed Ludington Street apartments

EDITOR: Like nearly three dozen other residents, I attended the recent City of Escanaba Board of Appeals meeting. A developer is proposing to build a four story apartment complex on Ludington Street. The proposal was ultimately rejected by the city’s Planning Commission a month or so ...

National parks are economic drivers

EDITOR: Every year Michigan’s national parks are enjoyed by millions of visitors. From Pictured Rocks to Sleeping Bear Dunes our state’s national parks offer opportunities to camp, fish, hike, and recreate. On April 21-29, our country celebrates National Park Week, and it’s worth ...

Tax cut pay increases

EDITOR: It’s been some-time since the tax cuts for ‘We the People’ and still we haven’t been informed by local media about businesses in our area (U.P.) that gave their employees bonus or pay increases. Could start with Daily Press, TV-6 and Channel 3. We the people are not only ...