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Letters to the Editor

A simple question

EDITOR: It is a simple question most people can easily answer. It is not a Republican, Democratic or Independent question. It is intrinsic to the Hispanic, White, Black and Native American population as the answer can mean life or death for some individuals in all of these groups. It is a ...

Programs created to help all

EDITOR: It would be greatly appreciated to have this editorial perspective published in our paper. Having again read an editorial spewing the evils of socialism, I will stress that socialist programs have been created to help all citizens with every advance the people have made between 1932 ...

Why are our numbers so high?

EDITOR: Bridge Magazine reports that for Sunday, October 11, plus Monday,, October 12, a higher percentage of our population tested positive for COVID-19 than any other county in the state. We don’t border Wisconsin, our schools are shut down, we don’t have a large university. So, why are ...

Remember COVID-19 victims

EDITOR: As of this writing (October 12, 2020) over 210,000 people have died of COVID 19 in the u.S. Each death represents a grieving family, a loss suffered, the absence of a loved one felt. Sunday,November 1, is All Saints Day. This is a day that our churches remember our beloved dead. On ...

Read what parties stand for before you vote

EDITOR: I’m not voting for Trump because of his personality, he’s not a smooth politician who says whatever it takes to win regardless of what they do next. I’m voting for him because he has done so many great things to save this country. He may not always be politically correct but ...

Support for Rebecca McIntyre

EDITOR: I have personally known Rebecca McIntyre as a work colleague for almost 20 years at UPCAP Services, Inc. She quickly became a friend given her warmth and personality. Becky is highly qualified to serve as a Delta County commissioner. She is intelligent, loyal, dependable and ...

Support for Hermans

EDITOR: I am very pleased to provide this letter of recommendation for the re-election of Jim Hermans to the Escanaba School Board of Education. Jim brings to the board vast experiences in teaching, determination, fairness and compassion for the students. Please vote for Jim on Tuesday, ...

An open letter to David Rivard

EDITOR: Dear Mr. Rivard, If re-elected, will you revisit the 2nd Amendment resolution which was recently passed or will you attempt to rescind it? It was very concerning to me that you and Commissioner Nelson would not simply re-affirm that portion of the oath that you took as a ...

Economic development

EDITOR: As a county commissioner seeking to retain my seat, I have recently answered numerous questions regarding economic development in Delta County. Economic development in the U.P. is a constant battle that requires thinking outside the box. Developing opportunity on several fronts can ...

November — crucial choice

EDITOR: The pundits call 2020 election pivotal, a biggie: A keeping of America’s greatness or a return to Democrat steps backward. If you want the following, you know how to vote: Increasing favor with Iran and China; less military and veteran support; more Political Correct madness; an ...

Mask honesty

EDITOR: In March, facemasks were not required or, according to the CDC, recommended to stop the virus. I remember the statewide deaths “from” the virus were in the hundreds, daily. At first, there were no masks to be had. The urgent needs were ventilators. A couple of months later, ...

Support for McIntyre

EDITOR: I am writing to show my unwavering support for Rebecca McIntyre for Delta County commissioner, District 4. I recently served Delta County for over 8 years as both a county prosecutor and county administrator. I had the pleasure of working with Ms. McIntyre during that time and I can ...

Where do you draw the line?

EDITOR: I watched the first presidential debate. It leads me to ask my community these questions: Would you be friends with someone who has no respect for others - talking down to people, shouting over them, interrupting them, and insulting them? Would you be friends with someone who ...

Election choice

EDITOR: Soon we will have the privilege to vote into office candidates who promise to help restore legal protection for unborn babies. Their God given right to be born were taken from them on Jan. 22, 1973 with the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Courts decision more babies will die by legalized ...

Unemployment and jobs

EDITOR: Two hours until the debate. This probably won’t be discussed, but who knows. The state of jobs and those who are unemployed should be. I just saw a commercial/political ad saying that there are not enough jobs. There are some people who are not employable for any jobs. There are ...

High infection rate

EDITOR: Today’s Bridge Magazine (9/28/2020) report shows Delta County to have the third highest Michigan county COVID-19 infection rate. Only Iron and Houghton counties have higher rates. We don’t need to wear masks or social distance, we’re rural, U.P Strong, the virus won’t get ...

Let’s all try to get along

EDITOR: As I read Mike Cousineau’s letter to the editor of Sept. 22, I wasn’t sure whether I was angry, offended, or just plain sad. (Oddly enough, these are the same emotions I experienced when I read an earlier version of this same rhetoric which appeared in someone’s Facebook post ...

COVID information needed

EDITOR: Delta County now has over 300 cases of COVID-19. At the end of August, there were 148 cases reported in the county according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. So there have been more cases identified in the month of September than in the previous six months. ...

Support for Bob Petersen

EDITOR: In past times, the last few months before an election were referred to as the “Silly Season.” Now, with the preponderance of malice on both sides of the political spectrum it is more “Sad” than silly. Party polarization has created divisions within all aspects of our ...

Love, compassion, and understanding still make sense

EDITOR: I am writing in response to the September 22nd editorial by Mike Cousineau that has been widely shared online in the past few days, with many community members praising or “liking” Mr. Cousineau’s words (words that were, in fact, paraphrased/plagiarized from a viral internet ...