Letters to the Editor

System unfair to those accused

To the editor: I appreciated the series of articles recently by Graham Jaehnig about how defenders and convicted inmates, many of them indigent, are burdened with the cost of paying for our criminal justice system. I guess I’ve known that incarcerated convicts have to pay fines and court ...

Institutionalizing children

To the editor: Houghton County is sending a lot of money to other parts of the state for a purpose that would be preferable to not be spending anything at all. The expense I’m referring to is the hundreds of dollars per day per person the county pays for institutionalizing children from ...

No one chooses to be an addict

To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Stephen Danis to the DMG dated Dec. 15, entitled “Drug overdoses aren’t accidents.” First , I would like to say I am thankful that Mr. Danis has no loved one with an addiction.If there were someone in his family with ...

19 pints in latest blood drive

To the editor: The U.P. Regional Blood Center would like to thank Christina Asiala, Aspirus Keweenaw Laboratory and her staff for hosting a blood drive in the month of December. As a result of their efforts, we collected 19 pints of blood. One pint of blood can potentially save 3 lives. Also, ...

Rally to protect healthcare for all Americans

To the editor: Thanks to the Mining Gazette for covering the “Save Health Care” rally that will take place this Sunday, January 15, in Houghton. I want to clarify one important aspect of this rally. The Gazette article gives the impression that the “Save Health Care” rally is only ...

Donald Trump is a bully – and he is afraid

To the editor: Donald Trump is scared. Many describe his behavior as being that of a bully. The underlying motivation of a bully is great personal fear that they cover up by aggressive, inappropriate behavior. 1) bullies attack from afar. Trump throws his "rocks" from behind Twitter and ...

Predator hunts are commerical, unregulated

To the editor: There are more and more predator hunting contests. These organized hunts, sponsored by businesses and hunting organizations, are unregulated. They show disregard for the intelligence, beauty, complexity, and spirit of the individual wild creature as well as their populations ...

CLK salutes volunteer board members

To the editor: January is School Board Recognition Month – a time to salute the work of our volunteer board members and celebrate public education. It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. School board members in CLK Schools develop policies and make tough decisions ...

Thank you from Blondie’s family

To the editor: The family of Frank “Blondie” Jackovich would like to thank all the many friends,and their relatives that have expressed condolences, with sympathy cards, masses, food (brought to our home) and monetary gifts that were given during this most difficult time. A special thank ...

UPPCO service on Christmas

To the editor: Many thanks to UPPCO for sending a repair man to restore our power on Christmas evening. I thought for sure we would be without power all night. At 2:30 a.m. I awakened to see our lights on. Thank you to the worker for being on-call and willing to come out even on a ...

Lodge’s sale won’t cover debt

To the editor: Over the past year Jack Sprietzer has expressed frustration over the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and advocates that it be sold. His concern is understandable. For an unbiased perspective, I recommend “Best Use/Re-Use Study Keweenaw Mountain Lodge” by Place Dynamics LLC at ...

Wolf law subverts will of people

To the editor: What gives politicians the right to function unilaterally and particularly when it is directly against the will of their constituents? Doesn’t this reflect, at the minimum, an erosion of our democratic process? Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature passed very swiftly ...

Day to thank law enforcement

To the editor: As the calendar turns to January and the holidays are in the rearview mirror, many are reflecting on the previous month, and making sure they are sending out thank you notes. But our family and friends are not the only ones we should express our thanks to. Jan. 9 is Law ...

Repeat lies made Trump president

To the editor: Kudos to Ms. May & Burgan (who wrote in area papers) on their astute observations of the election of Trump. I concur fully and furthermore have the following contributions. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, said, “A big lie told often will make the ...

Which animal do you follow?

To the editor: The United States of America was once called a Christian nation, and today I don’t think we can say that anymore. Today we follow the “donkey Democrats,” or the “elephant Republicans” instead of the “Lamb — Jesus Christ the Son of God.” We are hearing today ...

Creator’s work still unknowable

To the editor: All stars are not created equal. In fact, just like the Goldilocks planet we live on, our sun is far from an ordinary star, remarkably stable and emitting light with a spectrum just right for our eyes to see and for plants to thrive. Red dwarf stars, for example, are far more ...

Massive effort to restore service

To the editor: During this Christmas season, as you well know, our community faced a terrible situation with the loss of natural gas which warms many of our homes and businesses.  Thankfully, Semco, and local employees Dick Haagsma and Mike Kosht were here and moved heaven and earth to get ...

More citizen involvement

To the editor: I wish to publicly thank the citizens of Hancock and a new generation of public servants.   It is so refreshing to attend a council meeting and see the younger faces of those who have chosen to serve their community. Hancock is in the position to pull together all the ...

Free mental health support

To the editor: When mental illness hits an individual ,it also impacts the family and support people around that person. The need for information and a community of others who know the difficulty of living in this situation is not always addressed by health providers. That is why a free ...

Wolf hysteria bill ignored voters

To the editor: Gov. Snyder ignored voters’ wishes when he signed wolf hunting bill SB 1187 into law. The governor should have taken into consideration that voters in this state are overwhelmingly against resuming wolf hunts, and voted as such multiple times. It is his duty to represent ...