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Letters to the Editor

Industrial solar power plant

EDITOR: Escanaba Township Board members must be applauded for recently rejecting the changes to the township’s land ordinance proposed by Orion Corp., the potential builder of the Chandler Industrial Solar Power Plant in the Flatrock area. Locating a 125 mega-watt solar power plant ...

Responsibility or not?

EDITOR: I recently came about a true story involving a young 4 year old named Lexi. It was the first day of pre-school. Mom and dad took their noon hour off to take Lexi to her school. As they pulled up into the school parking lot ,she looked at her parents and said: You can wait here and I ...

Upcoming Bay College millage proposal

EDITOR: In Delta County’s Nov. 5, 2019 election voters will be asked whether or not they approve of increasing the amount of taxes that can be assessed. All property in Bay’s district boundaries by .8924 mills for 20 years from 2019 to 2038. Currently, Delta County property owners pay ...

Solar and wind farms difficult to justify

EDITOR: The large-scale commercial production of solar and wind energy discussed on these pages reflects the concerns of individuals, political entities and environmentalists. It is based on the premise that climate is changing and that man is a significant contributor to that change and must ...

The answer

EDITOR: For those who regularly attend church, this letter is not for you. Why? Because you have heard this message before. This letter is for all those who do not attend church regularly, if at all. Why? Because what was said at our church on Sunday must be heard by everyone. You’re ...

School board not doing its job

EDITOR: Several members of the Rapid River School Board are not doing the job they were elected to do. During a recent school board meeting held on Sept. 9, 2019, the Rapid River school community once again voiced opposition and provided public feedback in response to recent school board ...

Rights of the many being trampled

EDITOR: Here we go again: big corporation with deep pockets and legions of lawyers approaches farmers with large parcels of already cleared easily accessible land with the purpose of altering said parcels from agricultural to industrial in the name of “clean energy.” The corporations like ...

Theft of signs disturbing

EDITOR: What kind of neighbors do you have? Are they friendly, helpful, trustworthy, and honorable? I applaud Ada Knauf for her recent letter in the Press. She pointed out the kind of people who live in Escanaba Township and the Flat Rock area. I am talking about most of the residents of ...

No place for solar farm

EDITOR: Sure we need solar energy, but not from a utility-scale solar power plant in our back yards in Escanaba Township. Would you allow that? This belongs in an industrial zone. Others are built on public lands brownfield lands. The definition for Brownfield Land is “Any previously ...

Future Fund one giant step

EDITOR: When I read a story this week that the Boston school system was providing $50 savings accounts for every kindergartner in that city, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. Through the newly-established Future Fund at the M&M Area Community Foundation, every kindergartner in ...

Surrendering American values

EDITOR: Donald Trump calls himself “the chosen one” and applauds the suggestion that he is like a “King of Israel” and a “second coming of God.” The foot soldiers In his war against women, immigrants and people of color chant “lock her up” and “send her back” and he uses ...

A positive solution

EDITOR: Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Escanaba Township Residents: It is with great concern and sincerity that I write this to all interested parties, whether for or against the commercial solar issue. Unfortunately, some statements have been made that are factually incorrect. It was April ...

Miracle of Life

EDITOR: When I visited the Miracle of Life Building at the U.P. State Fair this year I was impressed. Fairgoers and families were able to welcome into the world newly born chicks, a lamb and a calve. The agricultural displays were great, also the informational booths. But something was ...

LaFave off base

EDITOR: Representative Beau LaFave does it again, making a stupid statement about taxes. His right to free speech, right to vote, right to counsel in trial, and right to bear arms are not being taxed. What is being taxed are manufactured product, guns and ammunition, which are taxed when sold ...

Soo Locks vital to economy

EDITOR: The economic engine of iron and steel is responsible for more than 115,000 jobs in Michigan, paying a total of nearly $8 billion in wages and salaries annually, while generating $29 billion in industry output and $3 billion in federal, state and local taxes. The steel industry has ...

Rapid River site

EDITOR: The propane extraction plant in Rapid River, located at the Enbridge site, is owned by Plains Midstream Canada (PMC). I was curious to find out just how much propane is stored there and hit brick walls. When I contacted Delta Schoolcraft Emergency Management I was refereed to the PMC ...

Respect should go both ways

EDITOR: At the Escanaba Township Zoning Board meeting on Sept. 5, a board member reiterated several times how the township citizens were disrespectful to the board members and how they have to sit and listen to this and still maintain control of the meeting. I agree, there is no room for ...

Watch what you watch

EDITOR: Way back decades ago, TV pundits began to warn about the social ills and questionable programming that would come to television. Where they right? Too many shows are marketing the most extreme, explicit behavior and conduct to kids. Are we naive enough to think that such ...

Michigan and the gas tax

EDITOR: I was happy to see that Mike Martin also caught the Governor’s sleight of hand on her demand for a 45 cent increase in the gas tax. Call it scam, bait and switch or whatever, but who remembers the big lottery switch? Remember all lottery proceeds were to go to education, a huge ...

Concerns about solar farm

EDITOR: This whole solar farm started with 12 large land owners in the Flat Rock and Cornell area and members of our township zoning board, over a year ago. This was done without the rest of Escanaba Township residents knowing anything about the size of this solar project. This will affect ...