Letters to the Editor

Protect the U.P.

EDITOR: Lonely Planet’s 2017 Travel Guidebook has designated the Upper Peninsula as one of the top 10 travel designations in the world. Why then do we continue to allow the rape of our homeland? Surely the message is clear, our economic well-being is based on our natural environment, ...

Why is Trump being rejected?

EDITOR: What do you think of this firestorm rejecting Trump as president? Without showing evidence of Russian interference in the election, surely they can’t expect to sell us that story. Not after the IRS targeted conservatives, Attorney General Lynch met Bill on the tarmac during ...

Roe vs. Wade anniversary

EDITOR: Tomorrow, Jan. 22, 2017, will mark the tragic 44th anniversary of a grave injustice, Roe vs. Wade this Supreme Courts decision legalized abortion on demand in this county. It’s responsible for the senseless slaughter of 58 million precious unborn babies and attacks on the sacredness ...

Local recycling program leaves much to be desired

EDITOR: I have received my winter tax bills and discovered I will be paying approximately $40 the first year (increasing each year as taxes raise) to subsidize the recycling program at the landfill. I believe the majority is against most subsidies, especially when used for a “losing” ...

Looks like a perfect fit

EDITOR: Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson has no government or diplomatic experience, has close ties to Vlademer Putin, and has enriched himself by selling an environmentally destructive product while lying about how destructive it really is. In other words, he is a perfect fit for Donald ...

Opposed to wolf bill

EDITOR: Gov. Rick Snyder signed another law authorizing the trophy hunting and commercial trapping of Michigan’s wolves, even though residents rejected an almost identical measure in a landslide vote in 2014. In fact, 250,000 more voters supported wolf protection than voted for Gov. Snyder ...

Politicians bypass the voters

EDITOR: What gives politicians the right to function unilaterally and particularly when it is directly against the will of their constituents? Doesn’t this reflect at the minimum, an erosion of our Democratic process? Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature passed very swiftly ...

Say ‘no’ to Kid Rock

EDITOR: A radio station in the Marquette area has recently started a petition in order to convince musician Kid Rock to play a concert in the U.P. The fact that Mr. Rock has so far declined to tour in this region, despite professing his love for the area in songs such as “Born Free” and ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: Gabriel Grenier, a Vietnam buddy, called to say our battalion chaplain, Father Evangelisto, had passed away. He had been in a retirement home for years. Gabe and his wife lived nearby and would visit and bring treats. Father Evangelisto had a simple chapel at Dong Tam. He seemed to ...

Costly health coverage

EDITOR: My wife, and I are on Medicare, and we have Blue Cross & Shield of Mich. insurance to pay the 20 percent Medicare doesn’t cover. For almost 20 years our monthly premiums have been about $250 a month. I just received our new, monthly premium bill for January 2017. It more ...

Let them inside

EDITOR: Am I the only one who is upset with Walmart’s “policy” of keeping the Salvation Army bell ringers outside? Its inhuman! They make millions off of Christmas. Weren’t they the biggest offenders of “not saying Merry Christmas” so many years ago? While they forbid the ...

Marketing Escanaba a good idea

EDITOR: I am enthused by the article reporting Escanaba’s participation in the Redevelopment Ready Community program. The strategic planning that goes into this is much needed for the community, especially the downtown area. Reading that one of the next steps is to define and maintain the ...

Stand up for police

EDITOR: Finally, one of the five newspapers that I subscribe to has written an editorial about our police officers becoming targets! Why has if become a fact “militant hatred of police officers” ... “has become so widespread?” (Daily Press Nov. 28, 2016) Let us show our police, ...

We are in for a bumpy ride

EDITOR: The incoming Donald Trump administration’s way for stonewalling, misinformation, allegations of “fact” based on no evidence outright lying and flouting of fundamental principles such as conflict of interest laws has continued from the campaign to the transition unabated. The ...

Canada is great, but its not America

EDITOR: In response to Victor in Gulliver who was lamenting the fact that the U.S. is not Canada. I like Canada. My parents were originally from Canada. I still have many relatives living there. Their elections don’t last a year and a half. They also don’t have the type of system we have. ...

Deer not being driven out in roadways

EDITOR: Concerning the article Car-deer accidents linked to season, Dec 3-4, 2016 The article itself has a lot of good information on car-deer accidents for the entire State of Michigan. But I do have a problem with the statement: “Hunters are in the woods baiting and scaring deer out of ...

We could learn much from Canada

EDITOR: We could learn a lot from our Canadian neighbors: 1. There elections do not last a year and a half. 2. Money has little, or no, impact on their elections. 3. Politicians run on their own merits, not on the perceived weakness of their opponents. 4. They have reasonable gun ...

Judging the President

EDITOR: I read Mr. Scott Ham’s letter with interest. He was mostly correct, but his timing was off significantly. Historically, we always refer to Adolph Hitler as an evil fascist, however, we must also include Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, and Joseph Stalin in this rogue’s gallery. Hitler ...

The case for the Electoral College

EDITOR: In the wake of the results of the presidential election, there have been many calls to abolish the Electoral College, a system that its opponents call ‘outdated.’ This letter is intended to address the most common criticism of the Electoral College, and state why the system should ...

Please consider supporting YAP

EDITOR:At this time of thanksgiving, I would like to share how grateful I am for the compassion and generosity of our community. As a teacher and YAP board member, I am able to witness this generosity first hand. The Youth Assistance Program (YAP) of Delta County has been a recipient of this ...