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Letters to the Editor

Reaction is necessary

EDITOR: Referring to the innocuous editorial from Ralph Blasier, a reaction is absolutely necessary. As a former Young Republicans President umpteen years ago (no longer a Republican or young), I find the existing Republican Party as totally dangerous to our nation and its people. Calling ...

Blowing your horn

EDITOR: Vehicles roared into Lansing this past week to protest Governor Whitmer’s recent directive to extend the restrictions to stem the flow of the COVID-19 virus in Michigan. It sounds like they had a good old time. Tooting their horns amid chants of “lock her up,” a swastika ...

Line 5 Tunnel winners and losers

EDITOR: Thousands of jobs of hard-working people that are essential to tourism in Northern Michigan are threatened by a Canadian company that cares only about profits. The building trade unions are supporting an Enbridge tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. They believe it will create ...

Problem not being addressed

EDITOR: As of April 15, there were 56 reported cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths in the Upper Peninsula.  Those numbers should draw the grave attention of our representatives, health workers and every person concerned about COVID-19. Those numbers represent a case fatality rate of 16%, ...

Whitmer’s agenda

EDITOR: I had high hopes for Governor Whitmer when she was elected. She did not seem inclined to get into political bickering and seemed like she truly wanted to work with everybody for the best of Michigan. However, whether it’s the crisis itself, or her desire to be vice president, but ...

Whitmer’s popularity

EDITOR: Sometimes I tune in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” just for a chuckle. Tuesday Joe Scarborough delivered a belly laugh that made me spill my coffee. Discussing President Trump’s interactions with the nation’s governor’s, Scarborough said that Trump is hurting his re-election ...

Mass protest ill-advised

EDITOR: I have a few questions that I would like to publicly put to State Representative Beau LaFave and others who are promoting the anti-confinement rally in Lansing this coming Wednesday, April 15. How many deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Delta County and the 108th District, which ...

China bashing

EDITOR: There’s lot of President Trump’s evangelical barkers who want China to “pay a price” for its handling of the COVID-19 virus, preferably before voters cast their verdicts on him at the ballot boxes this fall. His top religious allies present a growing consensus that something ...

Stripped of illusions

EDITOR: Though I’m an oncologist and not an infectious disease expert I’m getting bombarded with questions about the pandemic. Patients and staff are asking me and every one of my partners similar things, over and over: How long until things go back to normal? How much danger am I ...

Return to work and COVID-19

EDITOR: At some date, the Trump administration is going to tell us to go back to work. And after that date, some person will die of COVID-19. The mainstream media, and by that, I mean CNN, MSNBC, and similar, will blame Trump. They will say that he was the cause of that death. They will say ...

Shameful acts

EDITOR: I am writing in regard to your article on March 27 regarding vandalism at Sleeping Dunes-Lakeshore. How sad it is to have all this happening while our country is overcome with health issues and heartache. Companies and individuals are pulling together doing their part in this ...

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 ...