Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Keep the bottle deposit law

EDITOR: The (bottle) deposit law is working. The last time I was in Wisconsin, which I freely admit, was a while ago, the state looked like a garbage dump. Wisconsin at that time, and as far as I know still does not have a deposit law. I am really surprised that our state representative, from ...

Lessons for fans, coaches and players

EDITOR: Most fans “weigh in” on each sporting event watched, which includes opinions expressed during the game as well. The fan sitting alongside endures unsolicited opinion as each game unfolds. The opinions, both during and after the game, sound something like this: ‘What’s the ...

Contemporary Christmas carols

EDITOR: Contemporary Christmas carols Silent Night: Not with kids around. To break the seasonal silence of an alone person, contact them soon. Hark the Herald Angels Sing: Oh, how we can use some additional angelic involvement, now. O Come All Ye Faithful: Faithful to our children, ...

Wind turbine mistake

EDITOR: In a recent letter, I stated that Heritage Energy had moved all wind turbine sites in the Garden II project back to 1,000 feet from all non-participating property lines. I need to apologize for not properly fact checking that with Heritage. They contacted me and informed me that was ...

Keep an eye on children

EDITOR: I would like to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children at the Christmas parade this coming Friday. While the lights are beautiful, the darkness, combined with all the lights, also makes it very difficult for drivers to see the children. Children are focused on the candy ...

Line 5 letter was incorrect

EDITOR: In a letter to the editor Nov. 24, the writer made numerous incorrect assertions regarding the operation of Line 5. Foremost, Line 5 was constructed in 1953 as an option for transporting oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, transporting oil via pipeline has a safety ...

Support renewable energy bill

EDITOR: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage our ...

Casperson has done enough

EDITOR: Our “Lame Duck” state Senator, Tom Casperson, has really kicked it into gear during the last weeks of his term in office. His Senate Bill 1196 will allow other states such as Pennsylvania or Wyoming to truck radioactive fracking waste to Michigan and dump it here. This bill ...

A lesson in judgement

EDITOR: Black Friday is a bargain hunters delight. Everyone hits the stores for those special deals. My husband and I were no different. We noted an advertisement for a recliner chair at Menards. After traversing through hundreds of people, we found and got in line, to purchase the chair. ...

U.P. needs propane, not a tunnel

EDITOR: We have been told a Line 5 tunnel will provide “energy security” for Michigan, especially propane for the U.P. But 100 percent of the propane NGLs crossing the straits go directly to Sarnia for Enbridge profit, not Michigan need. The 2 percent of Line 5’s natural gas liquids ...

Events brighten the community

EDITOR: In our world the way it is today, we look for goodness and happiness to give us hope. There have been two events in our community that have done just that. The other night the Esky Pops gave a concert and it was awesome. They brought happiness, joy and smiles with their songs and ...

Enjoy the holidays this year

EDITOR: Xmas, bah, humbug vs Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyous Yule, Mary Christmas. My Aunt Irma hated the holidays, so much to do, so little time. My neighbor Marge dreaded the baking, gift buying, wrapping, etc. Uncle Charlie sadly always took out a loan. Sophie always complained ...

Color of the flag

EDITOR: I was reading a Kurt Vonnegut book, and it had a racist character saying that the color white in the American flag stood for the skin color of the American people. That gave me an idea: maybe we can improve race relations in this country by changing some of the white stripes and stars ...

Help YAP help others

EDITOR: As fall provides natural beauty for us to enjoy each year, it is also a reminder of the beauty of giving that comes with the holiday season. I have been fortunate to share the kindness of others all year long but, for many, the holiday season is when it is needed most. At this time ...

A soldier’s story

EDITOR: The 10 helicopters carrying 60 infantrymen landed in a relatively clear area; a few small trees, high grass and scrub brush for as far as you could see. Within 10 minutes we were under enemy machine gun fire. Our company hadn’t formed up to begin the operation, so troops were ...

League says thank you for assistance

EDITOR: The League of Women Voters of Delta County would like to extend their thanks to all those who assisted us with our activities during the 2018 election season. Thank you to the Daily Press for partnering with us to produce the 2018 Voter Guide and our financial sponsors for their ...