Letters to the Editor

Thanks for repairing water main

EDITOR: I have been critical of the city crews in the past. Today, they deserve everyone’s respect and thanks. At 5:30 a.m. the temperature was way below zero when the water main broke. How many of us, you and me, would even be outside in those temps? Yet, the crews went to work and what ...

Protect animals during cold weather

EDITOR: Animals left outside can suffer potentially deadly frostbite and hypothermia, as well as dehydration when water sources freeze. Short-haired breeds, young or elderly animals, and small animals are especially at risk. Dogs are often tied up outside 24 hours a day, sometimes with ...

Response to letter

EDITOR: Thank you Gary Niedermaier for your not “In This Country” Letter to the Editor....great literary take. Not okay: “Polluted air and water; lack of spiritual guidance; hungry children; veterans in poor situations; money for cancer research.” Definite needs. You wrote: ...

Build the wall

EDITOR: Barriers exist to prevent unwanted elements from infiltrating and degrading a preferred, existing condition. Some are natural; climate, mountain ranges, and large bodies of water have hindered invading hordes throughout history. Our body’s immune system is an example of a biological ...

Bishop Noa Home workers

EDITOR: I am a Catholic, was raised Catholic, and am a proud union member. I hold strong in my Catholic values and believe we have a strong Pope who is making a positive difference. Unfortunately, there are leaders within the Catholic Church who are not holding to similar values. An example ...

Today marks a grave injustice

EDITOR: Today marks a grave injustice Last month we celebrated the birth of Christ, the true meaning of life! Today, January 22, 2019, however, prolifers will observe a grave injustice to the sanctity of life, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This Supreme Courts decision legalized the ...

Cost of marijuana

EDITOR The recent passage of Proposal 1 shows that 55 percent of voting Michiganders understand the costs of marijuana prohibition and are ready to pursue evidence-based policies to reduce drug abuse, prohibition related violence and mass incarceration. Marijuana prohibition enforcement ...

Bridge mess continues

EDITOR: On Friday, Jan. 11, the bridge over the Escanaba River(Three Year Bridge) was closed down in the morning. I read the paper every day and never saw anything about it. I was told by a few people that they were cleaning the bridge. When it was re-opened, the ice build-up was still there ...

Escanaba, marijuana and the city council

EDITOR: There has been discussion at Escanaba City Council (but no action to date) on the question, “Should Escanaba “Opt Out” of retail sales of marihuana in Escanaba?” Proposition One, passed in November, allows cities to forbid retail sales of marihuana by opting out. I have two ...

Let’s not go to pot

EDITOR: (I was hoping that someone else would beat me to writing this letter). Recently the Press carried a headline reading: “Residents: Pot Legalization A Good Move.” The article written by Clarissa Kell was primarily interviews with Seth Selthofner of the National Organization for the ...

In this country?

EDITOR: Meals on Wheels for those in need? Not okay. Not in this country. Veterans living under freeway overpasses? Not okay. Not in this country. Salvation Army bell ringers collecting money at Christmas for those in need? Not okay. Not in this country. Marines collecting Toys for Tots? Not ...

New Year resolutions

EDITOR: I resolve to— 1. Boycott the U.P. Marquette law firm that advertises how much they can get you in a divorce case—using the TV commercial featuring a couple arguing...so tacky. 2. Continue to watch pro football, cuz I love it despite the flag respect, but to openly criticize ...

Story touched the heart

EDITOR: The story that ran in the Daily Press Tuesday, Dec. 18th, 2018 very much touched my heart. “Michigan man 90, brings Christmas to wife in nursing home.” I’ve worked in a nursing home for 24 years full time now. I always said “hardest job I’ve ever had, but most ...

Stabenow a champion for animals

EDITOR: I write to thank U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for her terrific work to include mainstream animal welfare reforms in the recent Farm Bill that passed the Congress overwhelmingly. The Farm Bill contained three key provisions that will impact millions of animal lives and Sen. Stabenow ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: During Vietnam foreign nationals living in the U.S. holding a green card fell under the draft act. If called, they either went into the U.S. Army or returned home. We had five in our company in Vietnam. Nathan, one of our medics, was from Jamaica. An English fellow I didn’t know was ...

Start a new tradition

EDITOR: This Christmas let’s start a new tradition, one we can all do in 15 minutes, preferably on Christmas Eve. At 11:45 p.m. until midnight, after the kids are supposedly sleeping, gather all teens and adults and sit around your decorated tree, lights ablaze, no other lights. Sit ...

When did church attendance become unimportant?

EDITOR: Having just experienced The Festival of Choirs, with everyone heading toward the exit, I overheard this comment: “That almost made me want to go back to church!” Obviously, the choirs had performed exceptionally well, singing traditional Christmas hymns that speak of Christ ...

Don’t dump bottle deposit law

EDITOR: End bottle deposit law - insanity. I will take each issue as they come up. Relieve the strain put on local businesses that have return stations. If the strain is to much for them. they can stop selling anything that has a deposit on it — simple. Michigan recycling rate is one ...

More to the story?

EDITOR: Dear State Sen. Tom Casperson: I am writing regarding the article you had in the Dec. 14 issue of The Daily Press entitled “Put ‘tree police in proper perspective.” You state that less than 10 percent of Michigan’s local governments have an ordinance that allows them to ...

Gladstone utility rates

EDITOR: It’s no secret the city of Gladstone has inflated the cost of utility services to pay for non-utility city operations for over a decade. Each year a little more money was needed. The utility rates went up for electricity, trash and water, a dime here a quarter there. September 2016 ...