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Letters to the Editor

Support Endangered Species Act

EDITOR: I’m writing in support of the Endangered Species Act and in opposition to efforts by the Trump Administration and some in Congress to undermine this landmark wildlife conservation law. The ESA is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. In fact, ...

Leaders together

EDITOR: In times of extreme distress people have two choices: to be leaders and do well or to assume the position of pointing fingers and placing blame. The latter only causes more chaos. During this pandemic, we have seen both sides and unfortunately some of the negative has been created by ...

All deserve better?

EDITOR: Mr. Cody obviously voted for Hillary. (Friday April 3) When President Trump closed the border to incoming flights from China, the left squealed like a stuck pig. When President Trump ordered the two hospital ships into service, Rachel Maddow scoffed. He said it would never happen. ...

I’m not that Mike Olson

EDITOR: Life can sometimes be complicated. The letters to the editor are supposed to be of general interest and not personal. Please bear with me as I try to thread this needle. My name is Mike Olson. I live in Ford River. I am the owner of Genesis Graphics. There is another Mike Olson who ...

All of us deserve better

EDITOR: According to President Trump last week, the governor of Michigan “doesn’t have a clue.” This was his way of responding to Governor Whitmer’s contention that the federal government was not doing enough to help our state procure desperately needed medical supplies in the current ...

Important information about Social Security services

We recognize that you may have questions about how the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) will affect Social Security services. The first thing you should know is that we continue to pay Social Security and SSI benefits. Also, beware of scammers who may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic ...

Give it away

EDITOR: Soon most of us will be receiving $1,200. How will you spend or use it? As for me, somewhat financially stable, I’m giving all of it away, probably in 12— $100 bills. There are plenty of singles, families, places or organizations who could greatly benefit from one or more ...

Fast food

EDITOR: Governor Whitmer has called for a statewide shutdown, except for essential services like grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, hardware stores, etc. The key word here is essential. We all love our fast foods, and how local restaurants are advertising curb service, deliveries, and ...

Thank them for their service

EDITOR: We have praised our military personnel as heroes, and indeed they are. They put their lives at risk to serve the greater good. There are other groups of heroes coming to light-healthcare workers now staffing our hospitals and clinics and the public servants and people who sell us food ...

Medical supplies needed

EDITOR: We have seen the television images of ordinary Chinese citizens wearing sanitary masks. South Koreans, too, appear to be having no problem getting masks. Why, then, are health care workers in the most prosperous nation in the world having to do without? The White House cites ...

The richest country?

EDITOR: A few years ago someone said its a terrible thing to waste a crisis and was criticized but its true; that could be the best time to learn how to solve a problem. Already, we see from this crisis that myths have been exposed; myths that only those who want to believe will still ...

Why are people hoarding

EDITOR: What for? For leaving no toilet paper for the rest of us, including us seniors (a handicapped vet and his wife — both in their 70s). I went to Elmer’s on the 18th of March to get what we needed ‚— toilet paper. Some greedy (one of the seven deadly sins) people cleaned the ...

Setting the record straight

EDITOR: In honor of those who were awarded decorations for valor in combat and those who should have been awarded decorations for valor, I want to correct any misimpression Dr. Blasier may have given in his March 11 letter to the editor. Dr. Blasier referred to me as a “decorated U.S. ...

Heed precautions, but don’t panic

EDITOR: F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real! Oftentimes that is what FEAR is — irrational response to circumstances and events. Yes, the coronavirus is something to be concerned about for sure, but panic and freaking out help no one. Psychology experts make it clear that more than ...

Gun debate

EDITOR: Richard Clark is a friend of mine and a respected colleague. He is a decorated U.S. Marine combat veteran. He wrote a letter to the editor, published on March 14, that was factually accurate and also misleading. He asserts that LaFave’s “owning” an AR-15 style weapon was not ...

Support the senior center

EDITOR: There has been a lot of talk in our community lately about the senior center acquiring grant funds for building improvements that would benefit the seniors of this county. We understand there was a point where they had completed an application and been given the indication that they ...

Letter to the President

EDITOR: Dear Mr. President: Sir, don’t put me on your “hit list” for comments forthcoming. I have been saying since the surprise 2016 victory that your policies in so many arenas have been positively received by many Americans who wish to recapture a country that once was, one where ...

Second Amendment interpretation

EDITOR: Beau LaFave carried an AR-style handgun (description by Lansing State Journal) to the State of the State. LaFave’s AR-style weapon and a .40 caliber handgun were stolen in a burglary from his Lansing underwear drawer while LaFave was in the U.P. No money was reported taken. ...

What is O’Connell trying to take back?

EDITOR: At the Feb. 27, 2020, council meeting Councilperson O’Connell made a comment that they were “taking” Harbor Tower back when talking about the new proposed apartment complex. This isn’t the first time she has made this comment. Being an employee of the Escanaba Housing ...

A wake-up call

EDITOR: The Coronavirus has everyone in an uproar. Apple has scaled back production, Car companies can’t get parts that were being produced in China. Clothing companies are feeling the effects. Pepsi and Coke can’t get some of the ingredients to produce their products. These are just a ...