Letters to the Editor

His suggestion comes to fruition

To the editor:Years ago I suggested that all employee perks should be taxed, including company financed health insurance.Now that many companies are no longer providing health care but instead paying employees to buy their own, those payroll supplements will be taxed.That includes federal and ...

Jeffers Marathon a great success

To the editor:The Jeffers High School Athletic Department would like to extend its thanks to all participants and volunteers who made the 9th annual Half Marathon/5k Walk/Run Fundraiser a huge success.Thanks to the following businesses for their contributions to this fundraiser we could not do ...

Medical staff gave good care

To the editor:We neglected to mention our appreciation to the staff and management at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in our mom's recent obituary.She was a resident there for the last 2 1/2 years and we will always be grateful for the loving and personal care she was given. From the ...

Generous hearts warm community

To the editor:The Board of Directors of the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the community for the outpouring of generous donations after a recent lightning strike. The damage to the steeple was extensive, but we're extremely thankful ...

Cemetery is in great shape

To the editor:Compliments to the Hancock City Lakeside Cemetery grounds keepers.Having relatives buried in most of the local cemeteries I can honestly say that the Hancock Cemetery has taken on the look of a golf course through a lot pride, hard work and a couple of push mowers and encourage ...

Questions about local healthcare

To the editor:My husband is in dialysis 3x/week at Portage Health. They take blood samples at least 1x/month for the many tests they run. My husband went to a neurologist, also from Portage and he requested two blood test that dialysis didn't do.We asked dialysis to draw one blood sample at his ...

Another side of Syrian story

To the editor:I am tired of hearing about Assad's regime being brutal and oppressive.Any government, democratic or otherwise, will respond violently if a bunch of people try to overthrow it.I have been in Syria under Assad Sr., and members of my family have been there more recently for times ...

Vets deserve their benefits

To the editor:I had the privilege and honor of accompanying a World War II veteran on this week's U.P. Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C. Being a part of this flight was a tremendous experience I will never forget.These veterans, like all who have proudly worn a uniform for the United ...

President must be impeached

To the editor:I am writing today to ask your readers to urge Congressman Benishek to support an official impeachment inquiry into President Obama's unconstitutional actions. ObamaCare violates the First Amendment to the Constitution by forcing employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs and ...

Thanks for the help at tourney

To the editor:Now that summer is winding into fall, the Copper Country Walleye Association wants to take a moment to thank all the businesses that supported its second annual Angler and Young Angler fishing tournament on Portage Lake last July.Many generous local sponsors helped make the event ...

Clarification is needed on PA 21

To the editor:As Yoopers and other Michiganians circulate petitions to repeal Michigan Public Act 21, it's evident that clarification is needed on a few issues.If voters fail to reject PA21 of 2013, the right to referendum on wildlife management issues is gone forever.Remember 2006? Voters in ...

Political parties aren’t different

To the editor:Can you imagine Michigan Democrats taking over in November and slapping a 4 percent tax on small business gross income? The impact would be devastating.Now for the reality check; Michigan Republicans voted in a 4 percent income tax on all retirement gross income for the majority ...

Bible describes a relationship

To the editor:This letter addresses the self-qualified Californian author who obviously has no agenda (DMG 9-4-13). One point he missed: the deity he refers to is God. The Old Testament repeatedly uses phrases like "...and ye shall know that I am the Lord God." (Ezek. 13:9)No "jumble" of ...

Grace runs a great program

To the editor:I just returned from Grace Lutheran Church in South Range. I witnessed an awesome program for kids K-5. It runs from 3-6 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, at the church. There is no cost and it is well-staffed by many caring adults, even some great MTU student ...

Stray animals still a problem

To the editor:Although what I have to say is not a huge problem in the entire scheme of things, it does involve the suffering of living creatures, and does affect our communities.I am speaking, once again, about the problem of stray cats. K-SNAG has been inundated since our organization began ...

It’s important to look at Bible

To the editor:Not every word in the Bible's history of creation is literal. We need to know when words are figurative and what they mean.The first chapter of Genesis doesn't really describe the creation of the earth, sun, moon, stars as celestial bodies. It tells about a new creation on the ...

Disagree with David Keranen

To the editor:Another letter against the Bible came from David Keranen of California (DMG 9-4-13). He finds most of the Bible and the record of its deity either boring or repugnant. This calls to mind Alexander Pope's couplet, "All seems infected that the infected spy, As all looks yellow to ...

Farm Block Festival a hit

The 6th annual Farm Block Festival took place at our farm on Aug. 9-11, 2013. The music festival is a fundraiser for the Dan Schmitt Gift of Music and Education Fund which provides low cost guitar lessons to children both here in the Keweenaw and in Kalamazoo.We want to thank the following ...

Republicans are listening to people

To the editor:"New Democratic Party chair visits," September 9, 2013.Fight earlier, fight everywhere, fight often, and fight for victory? The reason Michigan lost a decade is because of this attitude. The Michigan Democratic Party does not care about Michigan, its citizens, and its ...

Impressed by Tech students

To the editor:I had the privilege of volunteering this past Saturday for MTU's Afternoon on the Town. Myself and the other volunteers were impressed with the hundreds of incoming MTU students. We wanted the community to know just how appreciative and polite the students were. What a delight it ...