Letters to the Editor

Lantern Festival observance

EDITOR: According to the lunar calendar, the first full moon of this year will appear on March second. And during the days of the very old China of my era, that night will be the night of the Lantern Festival. Skillfully made paper lanterns will float over rivers and lakes; their lights ...

Low income housing needed

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Commissioner David Moyle’s diatribe against low-income housing on main street, not because I have a dog in the fight, but because his reasoning is severely hypocritical. Hypocritical because he only cares about a master plan when it suits him. First, he ...

Millage is unfair to property owners

EDITOR: Mr. Jordan, Mr. Tall, and council members, I am sending this letter in regards to funding road repair via another discriminatory millage increase. My questions is, how much more of these millage increases do you think we property owners can take? Every other day we’re being socked ...

Change starts here and now

EDITOR: By now, most of us have heard about the school shooting in Florida — more children and adults dead in a place they should have been safe. I’m not sure why, but this shooting changed something in me and I hope it changes something in you too. We can’t afford to sit around and ...

Safety for children

EDITOR: Do you get a comforting feeling when flying that a unknown armed air marshal could be on board. We cannot give that same feeling to our kids and grandkids when they go to school. If we can’t do that for our families, we are just little men doing little things. John Stenberg Escanaba

The ‘why’ question

EDITOR: Why ask “why”? Are you interested in an explanation, seeking understanding and insight? Will you listen and consider the viewpoint presented? Or is the question of “why” really a way of asking “how could you?”, seeking to condemn and criticize? No answer will satisfy this ...

Children should feel safe at school

EDITOR: First, I’ll begin with the fact that there are 14 year old youths that are planning a march on Washington in March. Now, do you think that’s a normal concern for a 14 year old? I think not. when I was 14, I was daydreaming about what I wanted to do in the world, not being afraid ...

Write some common sense into our gun laws

EDITOR: Can someone tell me why the American public at large needs to own assault weapons, high capacity magazines, bump stocks and other gun attachments that enable guns to fire extremely rapidly? Is it really necessary that these guns must to be available to almost any adult? Is it time ...

Kulbertis disciplined by boards

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the headline in the Daily Press, February 14, 2018, Kulbertis disciplined by boards. I find it interesting that Gladstone Board of Trustee, Steve O’Driscoll, said the Gladstone and Rapid River Boards put a great deal of effort into finalizing the ...

Mulling over the millage

EDITOR: I would be very much in favor of paying higher taxes for roads. If — and that’s a big if — the money was only spent on roads. Years ago, the city paid a lot of money to Wilcox Engineering to x-ray the ground under Ludington Street. They were going to tear it up, but we had to ...

Low income housing doesn’t belong on main street

EDITOR: The city of Escanaba has a master plan and so does our main street, so why then is a low income apartment complex being considered for the old Northern Motors location? The city fathers just spent $1.7 million on the farmers market and now there is talk of plopping a low income ...

Solar lighting for Puerto Rico

EDITOR: Puerto Rico was destroyed by hurricane Maria. Re-building is slow. Half of the island is without power. Its a tragedy. When our lights go out here for a few hours, we go crazy! Imagine being dark at night for four or five months. I had an idea of solar lights. My decorative solar ...

Prosecutor thanked for parole board appeal

EDITOR: The family of Todd Newman, deceased, would like to thank the Delta County Prosecutor Phillip Strom for his assistance in a parole board decision appeal before the 47th circuit Court. Mr. Strom’s hard work on behalf of the people of Delta County and empathy for our situation is ...

Debate over the prosecutor’s office

EDITOR: Recently many letters to the Press have questioned the Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom and his office. I will refer to the two young sisters from Rapid River. Mr. Strom believes they should be united/returned to their parents. Many agree, many do not. Before you form your ...

Schomin dedicated to improving recreational opportunities

EDITOR: This past week Escanaba lost one of its ordinary men who dedicated his life’s work to enhancing this community in so many ways. That loss was the passing of Tony Schomin, an ordinary who as the recreation director for the city of Escanaba from 1977 through 2005, had a profound ...

Legislative bills level the financial playing-field

EDITOR: Senate Bills (SB 100 & 101) were introduce this fall by Senator Tom Casperson. At present they have passed the Senate and are in the House. These bills named “Equal Justice in Government” or as we like to call them “Loser Pays.” These bills tip the scales of justice for ...

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

EDITOR The week of February 11-17 is designated National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. This week, VA facilities across the Nation are honoring these men and women we proudly care for and serve. Men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as ...

Whose responsibility is it?

EDITOR: My question to the Gladstone Board of Education is simple. Whose responsibility is it to ask the questions regarding the Early/Middle College Program and Superintendent Jay Kulbertis? How did the Gladstone Board of Education this year give Superintendent Jay Kulbertis an overall ...

Enbridge has commitment

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Andrew Heller’s December 6 column, “Business as usual for Enbridge.” As it pertains to our commitment to safely providing propane and more than 6,000 other everyday products made possible through Line 5, we do intend to continue business as usual. At ...

Reader addresses concerns

EDITOR: Honestly; free from deception. Integrity: adhering to values. Civility; polite expression. Maybe Prosecutor Strom and Assistant Wickman would like to address two concerns of mine. I too wrote a letter concerning the child abuse case in Rapid River. Along with Ms. Hoffmeyer and ...