Letters to the Editor

Support road patrol and dispatch millages

DELTA COUNTY RESIDENTS: I am writing you today in gratitude for the tremendous support that has been given to the criminal justice community by the residents of Delta County. As evidenced by the Back Our Blue movement, the daily positive comments on social media, and support for our newly ...

Growing older

EDITOR: It comes quickly! The era of our lives called the “elderly” years. If you didn’t learn to be patient in your younger years, you will in the elderly time. People will talk to their bodies, begging for more cooperation from legs and limbs. Our creator played tricks on us, ...

It’s not right to self-blight

EDITOR: Mr. Blasier. In response to your apology letter. Just because this corporation found a legal loophole to physically damage their own property to make a financial gain when they are in a financial hardship is equivalent to arson for the sole purpose of financial gain. Whether the ...

Brownfield opinion

EDITOR: I offer this letter to apologize for, and correct, my error expressed at the city council meeting of April 4. I voiced the opinion that if the Dial Companies, aka DP Management, LLC, disconnected their own sewer, the old Super One should not be considered a “brownfield” site. I ...

Biden has accepted concerns

EDITOR: Some women would welcome a display of Joe Biden’s affection. Some women would not. Because he did not sense the difference, Biden faces an accusation designed to undermine his presidential ambition. Five years ago, his accuser welcomed his public support. Today, one must question ...

Keep flying your kites

EDITOR This coming April 5 is the Qing-ming Festival Day in China, a day known as the Tomb Sweeping Day, which will be celebrated also in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The grownups will be gathered in the cemetery, to gather spring flowers and to plant young shoots, to say prayers ...

More school counselors needed

EDITOR: Can you imagine being responsible for over 700 students a day? This is what counselors in Michigan’s school systems have to face on a given day. Children are considered to be a vulnerable population. They rely on others to take care of them. They thrive on learning and looking up to ...

Wind machine’s carbon footprint

EDITOR: It would be foolish to alleviate pollution by building more polluting machines, would it not? An industrial wind machine’s carbon footprint is in excess of 250 tons and when in operation it increases the surrounding temperature by at least 2 degrees. The pollution caused by these ...

What’s happening to the economy?

EDITOR: Interesting. Where are we going in the present economy? What is happening? The malls closed main street. The internet is closing the malls! Then what? Stores are closing. Could it be that our little main street will eventually be back, with a fresh look of family-owned businesses ...

What a square

EDITOR: Webster defines a square as a “person who is disinterested in current fads, ideas, tastes, etc., old-fashioned, conventional, conservative”. “Square” is another of the good old words that has gone the way of disappearing, like modesty, patriotism and marriage, something to ...

Support second chances

EDITOR The goal of incarceration and community supervision has been redefined. The primary purpose used to be incapacitating a person convicted of a crime until their sentence was complete, an approach that inevitably led to high recidivism rates and wasted taxpayer dollars. But today, ...

Concerned about decision

EDITOR: I am writing to express my alarm at the result of a vote taken this past week in the U.S. Congress House of Representatives concerning a decision on what is basically infanticide, i.e. no prosecution as a result of a decision between a mother and her physician to withhold necessary ...

Save yourself, save you neighbor

EDITOR: In an emergency, every second counts. Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow or ice will impede emergency fire response. Fire engines carry a limited amount of water, so one of the first tasks upon arriving at a fire scene is to locate a water ...

Escanaba and marijuana

EDITOR: i spoke briefly at the town hall on Delta County’s views on supporting the marijuana industry coming to Escanaba and creating hundreds of jobs for lower income families. i am concerned that the only members that are going to get rich off of this industry are community leaders who ...

Escanaba’s school mascot

EDITOR: Hello, Escanaba School Board Officers: I’m writing in regards to the school’s choice of “mascot,” Mo the Eskymo. I attended last night’s basketball game between Escanaba and Boyne City, which is where I saw the mascot. Frankly, I was horrified at the caricature of a Native ...

United Way has strengthened its policies

EDITOR: As recently reported in the Daily Press, Carrie Flath pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the United Way of Delta County. The United Way contracted with Flath’s employer to assist with bookkeeping services, and one of her duties was to make deposits for the United Way. We are ...

Get off the phone

EDITOR: Walking in the mall I saw friends Jill and Jason — but they walked by and neither acknowledged me. I was puzzled. Later I saw my old friend, Dory, and she also ignored me. Days later I saw Phil, from work, and oddly he didn’t even hear me call his name from 15 feet away. I was ...

What happens to the building?

EDITOR: It is sad to see the enrollment numbers dropping in Escanaba schools. I read the story in the paper. How many of you read the points that were made about the Junior High/ Upper Elementary (whatever you call it) School building. The renovations of that building will have “extensive, ...

Druganaba is a horrendous name

EDITOR: For much of my work career before retirement, I worked professionally as a counselor for children and young adults ages 7-25 in schools, the YMCA and 6 universities. Although I was not certified in substance abuse counseling, I did some of that with supervision and in teams. Connected ...

Three years and a bridge

EDITOR Each time I cross the Mackinac Bridge I am more in awe of it. This magnificent structure was completed in three plus years over 60 year ago. Think about it. The project Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Escanaba River Bridge has going will be into its third year soon. ...