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Letters to the Editor

City council should grow up

EDITOR: Jenny: Dad! “Billy Kicked Me!” “It was an accident.” Billy: “Stop Staring at Me!” “Dad, Jenny keeps staring at me.” Jenny: “Are we there yet?” “Danny, stop pulling my hair!” Dad: “Knock it off or I’m going to stop the car and give you all something ...

Polluters, resource plunderers protected by LaFave

EDITOR: The COVID 19 pandemic has brought great changes and challenges to the U.P. While social distancing has protected us from the worst of the pandemic, the economic and social tolls are evident, while we still deal with the ongoing pandemic. How our children will attend school in the ...

Upper Peninsula State Fair

EDITOR: After listening to governor Whitmer speak about the fair, and the risk of COVID-19 I felt I needed to reach out and express my feelings The CDC has already indicated that it reported wrong numbers that were not accurate regarding COVID-19. But don’t just take my word for it, verify ...

Violence is criminal behavior

EDITOR: It is good to talk about community issues. It reveals different understandings, giving each an opportunity to fine tune beliefs. Take the controversy about Dr. Ralph Blaiser’s statement to the Escanaba City Council. When I first read it, my response was relief. Finally, a local ...

No flag at Chamber of Commerce building

EDITOR: Flag Day has been here and gone. Why is there no American flag flying at the new Chamber of Commerce building? There is a museum inside that building that commemorates the men and women who served in all of the branches of service. They fought to protect the United States Flag and ...

Blasier is accountable for his actions

EDITOR: It would be greatly appreciated to have this editorial perspective published in our paper. Having endured the endlessly dangerous and malevolent public statements made by Ralph Blasier as an elected city councilman, I need to analyze what he has said and done and give an explanation ...

Cancel the U.P. State Fair

EDITOR: Like other people in the area who have spoken about this issue, this letter is a call for the cancellation of the U.P. State Fair in 2020. To date there have been a number of annual events in this region which were called off due to the coronavirus, which we all know has swept across ...

Symptoms of a greater illness

EDITOR: When I first heard what Mr. Blaiser suggested putting in a press release regarding shooting his fellow townsmen, I was alarmed, but not surprised. Mr. Blaiser makes his politics no secret. I have seen him about town, dressed in his political garb and very opinionated when it comes to ...

Take responsibility

EDITOR: The citizens of Escanaba have endured the debacle of City Councilman Blasier’s so-called joke threatening violence which has resulted in a recall petition currently awaiting approval of the language.Escanaba has received national attention both online and in newsprint. Still, the ...

Blasier’s motivations questioned

EDITOR: Lately, many unhappy Escanaba citizens have been expressing disbelief that one of our city council members would publicly advocate (at an official council meeting and from prepared statements) for violent and cruel treatment of protesters. Although, Councilman Ralph Blasier has said ...

Call for resignation

EDITOR: After reading the comments of Mr. Blasier the other day I was appalled. I can’t speak to his character because I don’t him. I do know his comments should not have been said and especially not in a public meeting. Like Mr. Blasier, I also grew up near Detroit when the 1967 ...

Canceling the fair is the right thing to do

EDITOR: The National Cherry Festival, a hallmark summer festival since 1925, has been cancelled this year. The Traverse City Film Festival, an annual film festival held at the end of July in Traverse City, created as an annual event in 2005 to help “save one of America’s few indigenous ...

No response from city council

EDITOR: Ralph Blasier claims that his comments about shooting protesters in the legs and letting them crawl to the hospital was just a joke. Really? Or is it simply how he really feels about the protesters across the nation who are, for the majority, protesting injustice within the law ...

SOS and inability to process mail

EDITOR: I mailed my driver’s license renewal fee to the Michigan Secretary of State office on April 22, 2020. As of this writing, June 7, I have not received my new license. I emailed the SOS office inquiring about the delay. SOS responded that “due to our inability to process mail during ...

Council Member Ralph Blasier should resign

EDITOR: In the June 5 Escanaba City Council, Council Member Ralph Blasier suggested that a press release, (to be written in the name of The City of Escanaba) say the following, which he read from his prepared notes: “‘Any person throwing objects at police, shooting at anyone, looting ...

Calling for Blasier’s resignation

EDITOR: Good afternoon City Council of Escanaba and The Daily Press, My name is Sebastian Savard and I am a resident of Escanaba, Mich. I watched Ralph Blasier make the following statement live, to the public, with a grin on his face: “Any person throwing objects at police, shooting at ...

Opportunity for positive change

EDITOR: John F. Kennedy was fond of saying that the Chinese word for “Crisis” has a dual meaning. We generally see a crisis as a time of chaos and danger, but President Kennedy claimed in Chinese it could also be interpreted as meaning, “opportunity;” a chance for real, decisive ...

What kind of community are we?

EDITOR: This week the internet has been lit up with local, regional and national headlines of growing distrust, fear, and social protests rooted in racial tensions. In 13 states, the National Guard has already been mobilized to keep the peace in increasingly inflamed neighborhoods. We are ...

No way to make fairgrounds safe

EDITOR: To answer State Senator Ed McBroom’s letter “See you at the fair” — there is no way you can make the fairgrounds safe enough that could justify the alternative. The crisis has not been “keeping us apart”. I see those unmasked faces at Walmart, grocery store and the ...

Spare the rod…

EDITOR: …Spoil the child! Many decades ago a large American city had the highest crime rate in the country and the majority of the crimes were committed by those 18 and under. To combat this crisis, the police department initiated a PR program entitled “Delinquency Begins in the Home” ...