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Politicians same as pro wrestlers

Watching politicians debate taxes is as entertaining as Worldwide Wrestling. Divisive rhetoric hides the truth.  Either party could embrace the current tax reform bill if they were the ones in power.  Here’s what’s proposed. The standard deduction for income taxes will be nearly ...

Many helped with banquet

To the editor: As the director of the Life Outreach Center, I wish to thank all that were in attendance at our banquet held at the Siskiwit Reception Hall on Oct. 24. This banquet could not have happened without the help of several people. I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the ...

Move to rewrite US Constitution

To the editor: I was outraged and confused when I learned of Joseph O'Leary's voter suppression resolution that he presented to the Baraga County Board at its regular meeting Oct. 10. I couldn’t make sense of it. Why was this resolution presented to the Baraga County Board? Why was it ...

Lutherans are not anti-Semitic

To the editor: A man who often ridicules the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), on which Judaism is based, blamed Christianity for anti-Semitism even though it is a Semitic religion with a Jewish savior. His Nov. 4 letter criticized Luther’s anti-Semitic “The Jews and Their ...

Plan calls for radical zoning

To the editor: One of the elements of the draft Hancock master plan is a change in zoning from the current density-based zoning (the familiar R-1, etc.) to something called “form-based coding.” This is a significant shift in emphasis, as form-based coding does not restrict the use of ...

MSP course fosters respect

To the editor: Recently, my husband, Jim, and I completed a six-week course of training in the Michigan State Police Citizen’s Academy led by Trooper Matt Djerf. We’ve always had a certain amount of respect for the police and were taught respect for the law. But, if we ever thought ...

Tax plan hurts higher education

To the editor: The only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. The Trump administration is trying to make the latter a less stressful undertaking. While admirable on the surface, the current plan hurts everyone’s access to post-secondary education, including ...

Stand with Mich. families

To the editor: If Jack Bergman’s priorities are with working Michigan families, he has a funny way of showing it. His recent vote for the House version of the GOP’s tax bill aims straight at states which have a state income tax — like Michigan — ending the deduction for state and ...

Keep grad tuition waivers tax free

To the editor: There are over 1,400 graduate students at Michigan Tech, working hard to become part of America’s next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators. However, their ability to pursue a higher-level education would be dramatically impacted by the GOP tax overhaul ...

GOP tax plan not tax reform

To the editor: We need tax reform. Filing taxes is complicated. With so many deductions and loopholes, some people unfairly avoid paying anything. Our congressional representatives promised tax reform, and we elected them based on that promise. So, why aren’t they reforming the tax code to ...

2017 Make a Difference Day

To the editor: On Oct. 28, the city of Houghton Beautification Committee had over 100 volunteers from MTU student and the Houghton community work in the freezing rain and snow to plant more bulbs and prepare the now 60 volunteer gardens for winter. A huge thank you again to Johnathan ...

Gun violence and mental health

To the editor: This is addressed to those who believe that we don’t have a gun problem, but a mental health problem. My question to you is: What do you propose to deal with this mental health problem and what specifically are you doing to help? While you prepare your answer, let me ...

Uberwealthy get most in tax cuts

To the editor: Did you know the three wealthiest people in our country — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet — are wealthier than the bottom half of the population? The tax bill being proposed gives the wealthiest people and corporations huge tax cuts further increasing ...

Baraga backs voter suppression

To the editor: The recent decision of the Baraga County Board to rescind one’s voting rights if they do not contribute enough tax money is reminiscent of poll tax laws made illegal by the adoption of the 24th Amendment in 1964. The proposal was originally brought up by district attorney ...

Finns could show us the way

To the editor: Now that we’ve sent our thoughts and prayers to the latest victims who died at the hands of another fellow American with a gun, let us also show support with our actions. We live in an area with a strong sense of Finnish pride and community. Local Finns have brought us ...

GOP failing our democracy

To the editor: How many of you voted to keep a GOP majority in Congress in 2016? What expectations did you have, when indeed, that majority was sustained in both Houses? Most Republicans expected a repeal of Obamacare—this, after Congress voted numerous times for repeal over a seven year ...

Politics as Usual

To the editor: Does anyone know why Jack Bergman voted to repeal the Consumer’s Financial Protection Bureau’s rule that allowed consumers, you and me, the ability to file class actions suits against companies  who commit unfair or illegal practices? Did he do it to protect ...

Thanks, Christina

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Christina Asiala- Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Mia Moilanen-Michigan Tech Credit Union and Courtney Babcock-OHM Advisors for hosting a blood drive in the month of October. As a result of her efforts ...

Bill was not right type of reform

To the editor: There’s no doubt that Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. I believe that seniors and families should be able to see a rate reduction without a loss in coverage – something that a recently rejected no-fault reform plan would have required. ...

No hope or solace from secularism

To the editor: David Keranen’s recent letter began with a contrivance of esoteric words, ridiculing Lutheran Christianity. Keranen provided seven quotations which convicted Luther of anti-Semitism. However, Keranen’s opinion that Luther “unwittingly” may have been partly ...