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Letters to the Editor

Napolitano column

EDITOR: I want to draw attention to the Monday, May 18 column by Andrew Napolitano. I don’t care if you are liberal or conservative every one of us should be concerned about the power the government is usurping on us all. Are they doing this for our “safety” or are they doing this to ...

Absentee ballots lead to fraud

EDITOR: It is shocking at the lack of information you can find in an hour searching the internet for who is responsible for maintaining and upkeeping Michigan’s voters’ records, specifically in regards of death records. Social Security Administration, Delta County government, Michigan ...

Don’t hold the fair this year

EDITOR: State Senator Ed McBroom’s column in the Press on May 23 “See you at the fair” is really troublesome on so many levels. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.P. State Fair Authority’s executive committee, of which he is a member, is planning for the Fair in August. So, ...

I need a haircut

EDITOR: Hair stylists are educated, licensed, responsible individuals. Many are also small business owners. Could it be that their numbers are heavily Republican? Our governor’s refusal to allow opening of hair salons must be strictly political. There are no sound health or common sense ...

Better to buy local

EDITOR: When I wanted to purchase garden seeds all the local stores were closed because of COVID-19. I was forced to go online and make a seed order thru Amazon. I received an order today, that I made in April. The seeds were in a small envelope and there was nothing on the package to tell me ...

Don’t forget the taxi drivers

EDITOR: Everyone knows someone who works at the hospital or a doctor’s office or one of the nursing homes. They are all heroes in my book. However, there were also those working on the front lines of this virus. Those workers at Walmart, Meijer, Walgreen’s, Elmer’s, SavMor IGA, and the ...

Won’t enforce executive orders

EDITOR: Citizens have asked me where I stand regarding the enforcement of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, after the Michigan Legislature did not vote to extend the state of emergency beyond April 30, as required by law. On May 15 the Court of Claims will hear arguments on the lawsuit ...

Respond to the Census

EDITOR: It is very important to respond to your Census form. The Upper Michigan response rate at this time is less than 50 percent. There are many things that are funded by the amount of responses that are turned in to the Census Bureau. The amount of funds distributed to counties, ...

Council’s decision on housing project was a mistake

EDITOR: On Thursday, May 7, Escanaba City Council erred rather badly in refusing to approve the proposed by the Woda Cooper Company. This project would have included some low-income units, but also some units all the way up to median-income units. Coming out of the COVID-crisis, it would be ...

Support local restaurants when they reopen

EDITOR: Eventually, our downstate governor will “allow” businesses to reopen. At that point, how many of you will go to a sit-down restaurant? Even if it is as simple as going inside McDonald’s Burger King, Hardee’s, Wendy’s, etc.I think we should all make an effort to patronize ...

No reassuring words

EDITOR: I don’t want to hear from U.P. Rep. Beau LaFave or Sen. Ed McBroom in their vote hunting rhetoric to this newspaper every again. If that is the only calming, sympathetic reassuring words you have for your hard-working sacrificing people in the Upper Peninsula, you can keep it. You ...

How about the U.P. of Wisconsin?

EDITOR: The statistics for coronavirus as of May 6, 2020 are: Michigan cases 44,954, deaths 4,237 Upper Peninsula cases 96, deaths 13 Total cases 45,050, deaths 4,250 U.P. percent of total cases 0.20%, deaths 0.30% The population of the Upper Peninsula is 311,000. The population of ...

Graduation for 2020 seniors idea

EDITOR: All local schools have football fields, track and field and parking lots. Here is a thought for celebrating our seniors in the Upper Peninsula. They don’t have senior prom, honors banquets or graduation ceremonies. How about having ceremonies, attended only by graduating seniors, no ...

Leash law

EDITOR: Spring is here and that is a good thing. An old problem is cropping up again people walking their dogs in Ludington Park and elsewhere within the city off leash. It is especially a problem right in proximity of the bike path and on Aronson Island. It doesn’t matter how well your ...

Don’t open the casino yet

EDITOR: We were very dismayed to hear that the Island Resort and Casino is opening for business this week. We think this is an unwise decision. The general manager, Tony Mancilla, argues that we are different from Detroit so we should be treated differently. Yes, we are very different from ...

Open up

EDITOR: Now Governor Whitmer wants another 28 days of a lockdown. I am asking every business in Escanaba to grow spine and re-open. Let’s start at one end of Ludington. state and county offices, and library, right up to Menard’s. Open up. Let’s take Lincoln Road. Dr. Jacobs, The ...

‘Safe’versus ‘not safe’

EDITOR: Dr. Ralph Blasier, Attorney Ralph Blasier, City Council member Ralph Blasier: In your recent letter to the press dated Thursday, April 22, 2020 you stated,”I am hiding out at camp because I am old, and I have heart disease.” I’ve been reading the obituaries in the Daily ...

Cancer patients need access to treatment at home

EDITOR: The coronavirus pandemic has impacted just about every part of our lives. For those battling cancer, the impact can be terrifying and life-threatening. A recent poll from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network found of the over 1200 cancer patients and survivors surveyed, ...

Bold leadership needed

EDITOR: As a retired State Police officer, I participated in many emergency crises beginning with the Detroit riots in 1967. The purpose of this article is to encourage a form of bold leadership which in my opinion seems to be lacking. At times like this I want my leaders leading, all hands ...

Control of our lives

EDITOR: Through no fault of our own, almost every business is either going out of business, already closed, or just hanging by a thread. I understand all of the pros and cons of why everything is shut down. However, if you look at it from another perspective, you have to question why. The ...