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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Solar project not justifiable

EDITOR: Wanna make some money? Wanna make that money without having to do much for it? Mortgage backed securities might be a good way to go. You know, like they did with the home loans that caused the 2008 stock market crash. How about massively overcharging for prescription drugs. Just like ...

Line 5 provides livelihood for many

EDITOR: The ongoing, and in the opinion of many, misguided efforts to shut down Line 5 have been a cause of great concern for members of my community and me. We depend on Line 5 for much more than fuel. Line 5 provides a livelihood for many of us. It helps pay our bills, feed our families ...

Plastics are a problem

EDITOR: 60 Minutes did a piece on plastic and what it is doing to our world. I saw the original and then a couple of weeks ago they repeated it. I am not a climate change person. I don’t agree with California and other states that want to ban plastic straws and plastic grocery bags. ...

Be informed, keep an open mind

EDITOR: I would like to address the recent comment that was in the Editor part of the Aug. 27, 2019, paper. Where do they get their facts from? Contaminated drinking water — we already have acid rain without any solar panels. Farmers have been putting fertilizer and pesticides on their ...

Governor’s gas tax plan

EDITOR: Well, Governor Whitmer let the cat out of the bag regarding the real reason behind her new gas tax hike. It is to make general fund dollars, currently used for roads, to be re-allocated for her to spend on pet projects. The Aug. 16 Daily Press article titled “Governor talks roads, ...

It is about the quality of life

EDITOR: Years ago, Orion Renewable Energy Group from California had approached local farmers and offered substantial amounts of money to lease their fields to install 100,000 solar panels, covering 1,800 plus acres. The residents of Flat Rock were notified on May 24, 2019, via a letter from ...

Solar farm a great opportunity

EDITOR: The proposed solar farm in Escanaba Township is a great opportunity to take a step forward towards clean, cheap, renewable energy. There are people in the “community” making blatant attempts to spread misinformation and fear in order to fit their agenda. The proposed solar farm ...

Build solar facility somewhere else

EDITOR: Many thanks to Renne Richer for the letter about the industrial solar project in Escanaba Township. The “utility-scale commercial facility” (as stated in the ordinance) was popped on the general population of Flat Rock/Cornell after the plans were well on the way to build the ...

Enbridge and Aquila

EDITOR: The Aug. 17-18 edition of the Daily Press with its front-page story, “Enbridge responds to AG on pipeline,” has remained on my desk as I’ve given thought to making comment on it. The challenge is to find one thing I can say that puts Enbridge in a positive light as it ...

Heller wrong about guns

EDITOR: “Cooling the mass shooting fever” (Aug. 22, 2019) Once again Andy Heller blessed us with his Chicken Little, knee-jerk liberal reaction to another topic, hoping to get everyone riled up with misinformation about gun control. He should stick to his mediocre attempt at comedy with ...

Chandler solar project

EDITOR: The proposed “Chandler Solar Project” in the Flatrock area of Escanaba Township would fundamentally alter the living environment for Flatrock area residents in a totally negative manner. The massive scale of the proposed project, blanketing hundreds of acres of farmland with ...

Aim to use more common sense

EDITOR: Common sense... ...defined as “sound judgment concerning everyday matters resulting in sensible, practical actions” Is it common sense to have a trillion dollar budget deficit? To use too much alcohol or drugs? To limit free speech? To observe much of Western Europe losing its ...

Solar farm in Escanaba Township

EDTOR: Do you know that the Escanaba Township Board is proposing a giant solar farm for the Flat Rock area? The solar farm will encompass 1,800 acres — to start with (1,800 acres of solar panels are equivalent to 1,378 football fields). Is this what you really want? The solar farms will ...

Hotel plan a good fit for Escanaba

EDITOR: It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that I read your article entitled, “Esky City, County Meet to Discuss Hotel Plan.” If implemented, the development plan as submitted will be consistent with the objectives and goals of the 2016 Community Master Plan and will begin to ...

Solar farm would change community

EDITOR: I’m writing in regards to the industrial solar project being proposed for Escanaba Township. The idea of a “solar farm” is idyllic, but the proposed project is a “utility-scale commercial facility” (as stated in the ordinance) in a residential and agricultural area. ...

Advice for fair organizers

EDITOR: I am 61 and love the U.P. State Fair. I buy a weekly pass every year. I buy corn dogs for $3 and $4 each. I can get them six for $3 or $4 in the store. I love the petting zoo. You get the idea. I take issue with the people in charge of the fair. Three issues: Number one was the ...

More information needed on garbage truck

EDITOR: I just read the article entitled ‘Crash prompts garbage truck purchase’ and there were some facts which were missing. I did not see an article regarding this crash, so I would like to know how two pickup trucks could total a garbage truck? Who was at fault? Was there damages to ...

Loud pickups annoy other people

EDITOR: Sound pollution. If you’re causing it, then you’re not likely to read this opinion. Mostly, the sound pollution that I’m concerned with has to do with loud pickups. Owners have paid money to make their pickups loud. They’ve paid money to be annoying and inconsiderate. ...

Praise for police

EDITOR: At 11:35 on July 9, 2019, the manager at Hardees Restaurant came to our table and told us to leave as quickly as possible as there was a man with a gun. I and my friends, Larry and Dave, wasted no time in leaving, as well as another gentleman. Police quickly showed up from everywhere ...