Letters to the Editor

Mayor holds authority to appoint committee members

EDITOR: There was a dust-up at city council over the last few months, when a citizen requested a seat on a city committee but was not chosen. I do not wish to disclose or discuss the applicant’s gender, so I will not use words such as, “he/she,” “him/her,” etc. I will refer to the ...

Ask a local propane supplier

EDITOR: If you want to know truth about the impact of shutting down Enbridge Line 5, ask your local propane company. There is a lot of misleading information out there about the importance of Enbridge Line to propane users in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan as a whole. I will start by ...

Escanaba water woes

EDITOR: We have a legislature that passes laws. I don’t remember seeing any new laws passed regarding the water lines. A group that was appointed has instituted new rules and regulations. Not elected representatives. Because of this everyone”s bill goes up 45 percent. Isn’t this ...

Support Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

EDITOR: I’m writing to urge your readers to call our U.S. Representative Jack Bergman to ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, on June 5, a national call day promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group. Passage of this bi-partisan, ...

Marygrove closure a sad experience

EDITOR: It was a sad experience to read that Marygrove will be closed after 71 years of service to the diocese. I remember how its opening was celebrated and how my sister and I worked there for five years from the spring of eighth grade until the fall after high school graduation. ...

It’s too expensive to live here

EDITOR: At least we in-a-fix/fixed income senior had a chance to vote on Tuesday. We weren’t even asked about the 45 percent water rate increase. Couldn’t it be incremental or funded by a grant? Then, were told that the mall sewer ownership has cost for Esky. The Dial Corp. has a ...

School board position on mascots

EDITOR: On March 8, 2019, Professor Mark Blaauw-Hara, PhD, from North Central College, authored a Letter to the Editor to the Escanaba School Board titled “Escanaba’s School Mascot.” Within it, he states, “I’d like to suggest that you read an excellent analysis of Mo in particular, ...

Water rate hike would hurt many

EDITOR: I’ve been following the debate about proposed water rate increase for Escanaba. Make no mistake, this will hurt many who are low to moderate income individuals and families. Also, there was a comment made by some of the city officials indicating that there is assistance available to ...

Rising cost of gas

EDITOR: The U.S. is an exporter of oil. We are reported to have more oil and natural gas than any other country. So, in the last week or so, there have been stories about Iran and how they have been unable to sell oil anymore because of sanctions from us, the U.S. This is supposed to increase ...

Millage proposals

EDITOR: I am in full support of our sheriff department and the 911 millage. I just wish those were stand-alone millages. Why should they be connected with the Brownfield Authority and the Downtown Development Authority? I disagree that my tax money should be spent on the wasteful DDA. I also ...

Water rate increase

EDITOR: I have seen very few facts regarding the (water) increases. I have seen a lot of anger on the folks who are going to actually pay it. I have also heard several times that “the law” requires that we replace everything. I do not believe that it is a “law”. The DEQ has ...

Does the sheriff’s department really need more money?

EDITOR: I recently received a card in the mail from the Citizens for a Safe Delta County Committee. It is asking us to vote on two millage proposals. Both are renewals, one for Delta County Sheriff road patrol is also asking for an increase. It also uses the all to familiar tactics showing ...

The age of anything goes

EDITOR: During the height of the Roman Empire, opulence and power were the only games in town. The Church was limited, and violence, abortion and self-will ran riot. Like other great empires, it also fell from within. Will we cave from within? No free society on earth has existed as long as ...

Mueller report

EDITOR: Since March 18 when Mr. Mueller issued his report and new attorney general, William Barr promptly stuffed it in the darkness of his desk drawer, Democrats have been acting like Joe Frazier in the ring facing Muhamad Ali — circling backwards, taking hits, and beginning to bleed and ...

Wind turbine concerns

EDITOR It is my understanding that there has been an interest in building wind turbines. For many years there have been discussions about the impact on bird, bats and other wildlife. Please do more research. I had hoped to see follow-up articles from The Daily Press on the impact of wind ...

Support for millages

EDITOR I write to you today to express my support in favor of the two ballot initiatives appearing before us during the May 7, 2019 election. Those topics are regarding the Delta County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol and 911 Authority. I came to the conclusion to support both initiatives ...

Fireworks belong on July 4th

EDITOR: Last year it was a lack of American flags being displayed for Memorial Day because whomever was responsible did not check on the condition of the flags in time for replacements to be purchased. This year, the city moved the date of fireworks from July 4th to July 6th because the ...

Support road patrol and dispatch millages

DELTA COUNTY RESIDENTS: I am writing you today in gratitude for the tremendous support that has been given to the criminal justice community by the residents of Delta County. As evidenced by the Back Our Blue movement, the daily positive comments on social media, and support for our newly ...

Growing older

EDITOR: It comes quickly! The era of our lives called the “elderly” years. If you didn’t learn to be patient in your younger years, you will in the elderly time. People will talk to their bodies, begging for more cooperation from legs and limbs. Our creator played tricks on us, ...

It’s not right to self-blight

EDITOR: Mr. Blasier. In response to your apology letter. Just because this corporation found a legal loophole to physically damage their own property to make a financial gain when they are in a financial hardship is equivalent to arson for the sole purpose of financial gain. Whether the ...