Letters to the Editor

Patients access to records cut

To the editor: A recent online article described Marquette General Hospital CEO Brian Sinotte as “earnest, personable, knowledgeable and articulate.” In the same article he repeated his predecessors’ intentions to stem the outflow of patients to medical facilities outside of the ...

Advancements funded by govt.

To the editor: Two years ago my mom was diagnosed with sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that is curable only if it has not spread. Unfortunately, it had spread, and she was very sick. A wonder drug gave her life back for five months. The drug was the product of years of research, and it had ...

Education opener is pitiful

To the editor: Of all the life goals people scrimp for, making hard choices about spending and saving, one of the biggest and most cherished is often the college fund. Not everyone needs a college degree, but everyone can agree that a young person who wants one should have the chance to earn ...

Use existing resources for jail

To the editor: I am writing as a very concerned tax payer of Houghton County. I also want to go on record as a supporter of Sheriff Brian McLean and the whole Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. The level of coverage and professionalism they provide our community is very reassuring. ...

Fix health care law, don’t nix it

To the editor: The Republican Senate health care bill has been aptly renamed the American Wealthcare Act. This shameful partisan Senate bill was contrived by 13 men cloaked in secrecy behind closed doors. It rips over $880 billion from the Affordable Care Act and doles it out to the richest ...

Blood saves lives in community

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Angie Kolehmainen and Jamie Thyrion of River Valley Bank for hosting a blood drive in the month of June. As a result of their efforts we collected 18 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all the ...

Conservancies benefit all

To the editor: The recent articles on land conservancies in Keweenaw County are misleading and factually inaccurate. These articles suggest conservancies are leading to reduced access for residents and declining tax revenues because “much of Keweenaw County is in conservancy.” This is ...

Budget cuts bad for Keweenaw

To the editor: Mr. Trump’s proposed budget includes dramatic cuts in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These cuts have serious implications for residents of the U.P. EPA programs help to maintain the clean air, water, and forests that many of us value, and that support ...

‘Much’ land claim incorrect

To the editor: The data presented in the article in the July 6 edition headlined “much of Keweenaw County in conservancy” does not support this conclusion. The Keweenaw Land Trust and the Northwoods Conservancy own a total of 2,773 acres of the county, which equals 4.33 square miles. ...

Perfect example of forgiveness

To the editor: We as a nation are the apotheosis of Christian forgiveness. Many of us, not a majority, voted for an unrepentant liar, adulterer, woman abuser, racist, religious bigot, tax evader, draft dodger, hypocrite, bully, avaricious egomaniac. Some of us thank God for sending him to ...

Walking away from faith

To the editor: Do you know what an apostate is? An apostate is someone who hears the gospel, makes a profession of faith, acts like a Christian for a period of time, and then walks away. They do not last. They like the idea of God and salvation but the world offers too much enjoyment and ...

Police gave safe bridge escort

To the editor: The Keweenaw D. Girls ATV group, would like to say thank you to the Hancock police and also the Houghton police. We had a trip to Twin Lakes. From Calumet, and they did an excellent job on our escort across the bridge. With all the construction, we had a safe escort ...

Bright spot amid bridge chaos

To the editor: I just want to get to work and hope my coffee does not drip on my white blouse. Mornings are not easy for me, and when things don’t go smooth, or there is a barrier in the way of my normal turn, it does nothing but make me anxious, cranky and agitated. However, amid all of ...

Critique of the law of Moses

To the editor: Some comments on Ken Toth’s June 7 letter in the Mining Gazette. The Ten Commandments (Exodus, chapter 20) are somewhat limited. The First Commandment is an admission that there exists other gods, but the god of the Israelites demands to be the chief god. Because of the ...

Use Kitwin for 4-county facility

To the editor: It is June 21 and the jail in Ontonagon County has reached capacity — like Houghton and Keweenaw.  The only one left is Baraga, and it is only a matter of time before it is full.  When will someone step forward and say “enough is enough.” Let’s get serious about ...

The ghost in the machinery

To the editor: The May 27 letter by Rachel Laurn was one of the best printed in the Gazette. She did not deserve the negative response in a June 3 letter to to the editor. Her critic didn’t think that skeptics who reject the God of the Bible are atheists. His letters often deny the ...

‘Unborn scream in protest’

To the editor: Mother Nature. The crow’s feet at the corners of her ancient eyes deepen. Her eyes take in the whole of her blue-green sphere of teeming life. Her placid loving countenance slowly hardens as her furrowed brow of creases deepen into crevices of concern. Humankind, her ...

Democracy ruled at OCREA meeting

To the editor: Democratic member control — it’s one of the hallmarks of electric cooperatives and one of the seven cooperative principles under which the 900-plus electric cooperatives in our country operate. This principal was demonstrated in mid-June at the Ontonagon County REA annual ...

System will serve all residents

To the editor: I’m writing to publicly thank four members of the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners for their visionary and thoughtful support of the Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS-3) at the June 20th county board meeting. Commissioners David Nykanen, Gray Webber, John ...