Letters to the Editor

A tribute to country music

EDITOR: Sunday night CBS aired a live ACM country music awards show in Las Vegas. I have not really been a country music fan and at one time foolishly thought that country music was an oxymoron. I had often heard the joke that asks, “What happens when you play country music backward?” ...

Michigan needs auto insurance overhaul

EDITOR: If the state Legislators had to pay their own auto insurance, you can guarantee that there would be reforms. Not that long ago, we were hopeful that the auto insurance reforms were actually going to happen. At the last minute, they voted it down. Did somebody or many of them get paid ...

Politicians should do their jobs

EDITOR: Tell our representatives to show some guts. It is easy not to say anything. That is fine, unless you are representing your constituents. If you don’t have the courage to stand up and tell the emperor that he has no clothes, then go home. That is nothing more than appeasement, and ...

Enbridge looking at solutions

EDITOR: Like many Michiganders, we at Enbridge are passionate about protecting our natural resources and share your concerns regarding the pristine waterways mentioned in the April 4 editorial. We also are equally passionate about sharing current and accurate information on Line 5. As part ...

Who will monitor Kulbertis?

EDITOR In Mr. Niedermaier’s letter to the editor Friday, April 6, 2018, he asked the question, who will monitor Superintendent Jay Kulbertis? What’s the difference between the U.S. Congress, Gladstone and Rapid River School Boards? Not much…they are elected officials. The approval ...

Rapid River students got burned

EDITOR: When Dr. Jay Kulbertis “cooked the books” as Ann Fix aptly called it, it wasn’t just the Gladstone Area Public Schools that took the hits. As Dr. Kulbertis is also superintendent of the Rapid River Schools, the same happened to their students in the Early Middle College (EMC) ...

Equal Pay Day marks a fundamental unfairness

EDITOR: Imagine two average U.S. workers, working at the same average U.S. job. They work and work all the way through to Dec. 31, 2017, then sit and consider their paychecks for the whole year. Because they’re average, they probably wish those paychecks were higher. The man sighs, ...

More groups need to volunteer

EDITOR: Often I am asked by families in Escanaba about the possibility of their school-age children being eligible for a weekend food backpack. They regularly strike up conversations when they see me purchasing a large quantity of food for the Gladstone-Rapid River Schools food backpacks. ...

‘Common sense’ is not driven by fact

EDITOR: The marketing process convinces people they want something they didn’t know they wanted. Purchase follows and hopefully, leads to “repeat purchase behavior”, the true end goal of marketing. Get people used to a product and discourage them from straying. This way their thoughts ...

We can each stop the hate

EDITOR: In reference to the letter March 27 “Standing with the kids.” I, too, stand with every kid. I pray that nobody gets killed. But we live in an evil time. So much hatred. Several of you signed onto the letter. Did you all not see the signs held by seventh and eighth graders that ...

Gun safety deserves careful study

EDITOR: Slow down... Easy.... When we are upset, we members of the human family are vulnerable to jump on a popular band wagon, especially if emotional speeches are made in their support. But the popular emotional argument is often wrong. According to the Daily Press, March 15, 2018, ...

Notice should have been given for tree cutting

EDITOR: I live on M-35. Last week I went out to get the mail and discovered MDOT had cut down and chipped 13 mature trees on my property. I had received no advanced notice this was coming, not even a knock on the door on the day of the destruction or a chance to use the wood for my own ...

What is truth?

EDITOR: ‘What is truth?’ asked Pilate as Jesus stood before him prior to his crucifixion. According to the Gospel of John 18:38, it seems that Pilate asked the question and then walked away not waiting to have Jesus answer. Christians and non-Christians still do that today. I am writing ...

Standing with the kids

EDITOR: Some people have claimed (without evidence) that the “Marches for Our Lives” by teens and young adults across our nation on Saturday, March 24, were incited and sponsored by “violent radicals.” But the only reputable reports that we have seen that displayed anger or the ...

Easter resurrection, fake news?

EDITOR: True story — years ago in a Massachusetts apartment complex lived a tomcat named Ugly — because he had one only one eye, a crooked gait, mange for fur and was, well, ugly. The adults would chase him away, shut doors on him, hose him down and throw things at him. The kids liked him ...

Kulbertis’ Debacle

EDITOR: The Dr. Kulbertis debacle is a sad state affairs for the Gladstone taxpayers, our students, and those educational colleagues sucked into this mess, including the Michigan Department of Education. Ann Fox’s letter of Feb. 21 “Kulbertis disciplined by boards” is excellent. The ...

Low income housing needed

EDITOR: The city of Escanaba has very few places to rent for persons who are low income if they have a pet and of those who do take pets there are waiting lists of two to three years. This is directly from my property owner. As far as the low-income apartments in this town go, it is a wait ...

Ban on boxes

EDITOR: In light of the recent package bombing’s in Texas, I’ve thought of a few common sense laws that that Congress enact to keep all Americans safe. First ban all sale’s of packages containing more then 10 shipping boxes. Establish a 24-hour waiting period before being able to ...

Appeal outcome

EDITOR: I would like to congratulate Jayne Mackowiak and Judge Goebel on the wonderful job done in regard to the two girls from Rapid River. I don’t think we can imagine what Jayne went through thinking the girls may return to their “parents.” What I still do not comprehend if the ...

Try being respectful

EDITOR: I strongly object to the tenor of the letter printed on March 14 from Teresa Ross in which she complains of being dropped from a social media site by Representative LaFave because she apparently disagreed with him. Our Representative is an “elected” official, not a servant. I ...