Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Always vote for honesty and integrity

EDITOR: From the Southern Poverty Law Center: President Trump said at a conference on sanctuary cities recently: “These are not people. These are animals.” His insinuation that immigration status or criminal record somehow determines humanity is not only appalling – it’s dangerous. ...

Where are the Ludington Street benches

EDITOR: Four questions: 1. What was the cost incurred in building the benches that used to be placed on Ludington Street in Escanaba in the Spring and removed in the Fall? 2. Where are those benches? 3. Why were they removed? 4. When will they be placed back on Ludington Street for public ...

Immigrants and the military

EDITOR: My grandfather, John Jacob Hannon, was an Irish immigrant that went to war for the U.S. in World War I. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “foreign born soldiers composed over 18 percent of the U.S. Army during World War I.” In fact, the 77th ...

Voting for a write-in candidate

EDITOR: As part of the League of Women Voters mission to educate voters, we would like to share information on voting for a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate is a candidate in an election whose name does not appear on the ballot, but for whom voters may wish to vote by writing in the ...

Check out a flyball tournament

EDITOR: For the sixth year in a row, our community is hosting a flyball tournament. This gathering of incredibly athletic dogs and their handlers has been growing every year. Why? Because the teams, which range from Las Vegas to Ottawa, Canada, like it here. They enjoy the people, our ...

Support the Community Action Agency millage

EDITOR: Les and I never thought we would be in need of home health help! We were pretty much independent and able to care for ourselves as well as others. But Les’ back surgery in April 2017 proved us to be wrong. Les and I have been recipients of Community Action in-home aide services ...

Vote to end gerrymandering

EDITOR: For most of our country’s history, politicians have had the power to redraw voting districts every 10 years based on the federal census. This allows them to choose their own voters — by drawing ‘“safe” districts for themselves — rather than voters choosing their ...

Support the Community Action Agency Aug. 7

EDITOR Have you ever sent a card to a loved one? It is easy. You simply drive to a pharmacy, Sayklly’s or your favorite grocery and purchase an appropriate card for a couple dollars. Drive home and enter thoughtful comments before placing the card in an envelope for mailing. After driving ...

Remember the Community Action Agency millage

EDITOR: I vote absentee because I am over 60 years old and eligible for that reason. When ballots are available I vote at Escanaba City Hall. I voted in the August primary a couple of weeks ago. Last week, Bob Bink wrote an excellent letter reminding us about the work performed by the ...

Poisonous parsnip is dangerous

EDITOR: What is going on here with poisonous parsnip? The long green stems with small yellow flowers growing along our roads, U.S. 41 and M-35. I travel on U.S. 41 almost daily. I go through three counties Marquette, Alger and Delta counties. There is poisonous parsnip growing along the ...

Today vs. yesterday and tomorrow

EDITOR: Today, America is in trouble, here and abroad, some prosperity but emotional unrest, political divide and unequalled controversy, versus — post WWII prosperity, considerable peace, progress and much less governmental disruption, overreach, distrust and instability, not perfect, but ...

Congress needs to do its job

EDITOR: This is in response to the July 14th letter titled “Understanding Asylum Seekers and Illegal Immigrants” from Teresa Ross. Your July 3rd letter mentioned “refugees” and “immigrant families”, not “asylum seekers”. Your letters tend to be misleading and factually ...

Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall coming to Manistique

EDITOR: As you may have heard, the Vietnam Moving Memorial Wall will be visiting Manistique (Aug. 2-6) at the Manistique Marina. The Moving Wall stands as a symbol of America’s honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Inscribed ...

Support the Community Action Agency millage

EDITOR: As a member of the Delta County Board of Commissioner for 12 years I was able to observe the work done and services provided by The Community Action Agency (CAA). Seldom do we get the opportunity to do something that helps many of our friends, neighbors, and relatives right here in ...

Where did Hillary’s emails go?

EDITOR: Where did Hillary’s emails go? Do you think there is a link between Hillary Clinton’s use of an unprotected private server, and the fact that the DNC had valuable info hacked? According to Congressman Louie Gohmert as he questioned Peter Strozok in front of Congress, the ...

Russian roulette

EDITOR: President Trump met behind closed doors with Vladimir Putin, with just interpreters. He tweeted later “The lowly state of Russo-American relations was not the fault of the Russian government for seizing Crimea, shooting down a passenger airliner, interfering in America’s ...

Escanaba city clerk hiring

EDITOR: My (FOIA) request came back it showed that (HR) department drafted and posted the clerk’s position. Posting and job requirement were never brought to council. It was Mayor Tall’s responsibility to do so. He failed to follow proper procedure. He should have passed the posting onto ...