Letters to the Editor

Keep redistricting in people’s hands

To the editor: There was supposedly a balanced perspective on Proposal 2 at the library, but apparently it was mostly one-sided in favor of it, according to the article about it. But there are definitely some serious negative aspects about this proposal that are not being mentioned. ...

Violence has infected mindset

To the editor: In light of the current tragedy in a synagogue, where intolerance and hate have caused another tragedy to the innocent. The dilemma for our current society is the unthinking use of violence that does not connect with the concept of harm it causes to others, the pain of ...

When to give veterans tribute

To the editor: Every day is a good day to thank our veterans. Don’t wait until Veteran’s Day; hold the door for your favorite veteran or visit one of the many memorials in our area. On Oct. 20, nearly 20 of our local veterans were presented with a song tribute and a patriotic slide ...

Escaping from domestic violence

To the editor: Domestic Violence is a real thing. It can be as small as verbal abuse to physical that leaves bruises and even life long injuries. The most severe result in death, my sister Chelsey was murdered by a domestic partner that she was trying to get away from. She was on the path to ...

Learning about mental illness

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 ...

Coalition program held on grieving

To the editor: The Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement Inc recently celebrated the 22th anniversary of its founding. The Coalition is a local non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 1996 to meet the unmet needs of grieving people in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties. In ...

Legion holds Kickoff Ball

To the editor: American Legion Alfred Erickson Post 186 would like to thank everyone who supported our “Fall Kick-Off Ball” held on Oct. 20. Thank you to all who attended, to all who helped out with the event, and to the following businesses for their donations: Applebee’s Grill ...

Votes to take care of all of us

To the editor: My name is Elisha Kitchen. When I was 6 years old I was hit by a car when I got off of my kindergarten school bus. It was Valentine’s Day 1989. I spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital. I am paralyzed from the neck down and use a ventilator to breathe. I am going to be 36 in ...

People of UP stepped up

To the editor: My family and I want to thank the Keweenaw Community Foundation and everyone who donated to the foundation for assistance with the Father’s Day flood. The help we received from the foundation in our recovery efforts was a great blessing. It is truly amazing how many people ...

End vote rigging in Michigan

To the editor: A yes vote on Proposal 2 will fix a major problem for Michigan voters. Every 10 years, states are required by federal law to redraw voting districts to reflect population changes. Michigan’s boundaries are drawn by the very politicians who are elected from these districts. ...

McBroom is optimist, realist

To the editor: The election is fast approaching! I am writing this short letter to explain the reasoning behind my decision to vote for Ed McBroom for Michigan’s 38th District Senate seat. We live in the most interesting of times. Everything has become so incredibly and insanely ...

Candidate who has our back

To the editor: As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, I know firsthand how important it is to elect candidates who have our back. That is why I am proud to support Ed McBroom for state Senate. While serving as a state representative, McBroom wasn’t afraid to fight for us. He ...

Vote for people of Keweenaw

To the editor: The Keweenaw is a place where people value their clean water for fishing and swimming, and their working forests for hiking, hunting and timber. We care about and for our neighbors. We care about whether we and our neighbors can afford power and health care. We value ...

Farmer would be good senator

To the editor: I was on the Ontonagon County Economic Corporation as a trustee for several years. The bulk of my insight is related to that experience. Shortly before I started on the EDC Board, the White Pine Mine went out of business, and shortly after that, the Smurfit Stone Paper mill ...

Find common ground on roads

To the editor: Following up on the Gazette’s Oct. 19 letter from Lansing resident Amanda Hattis, there are a few pesky facts to point out. First, county road commissions have been hyper-responsive to concerns of the logging industry — mostly relayed through Sen. Tom Casperson — since ...

Health care for all isn’t socialism

To the editor: Socialism: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods ... a system of society or group living in which there is no private property” Merriam-Webster. ...

Inmate numbers need to decrease

To the editor: We were wondering what efforts have been made to reduce the number of inmates at the Houghton county jail. Perhaps electronic tethering could be used for non violent offenders. In addition any able-bodied nonviolent offender could be required to report to the courthouse every ...

Not running against wind farm

To the editor: With the election less than one week away, I would like to set the record straight, as transparency seems to be talked about a lot around here lately. Yes I have taken a stand against the Summit Lake Project. I’m sure most of you already know that. But as you vote, bear in ...

Republican cuts strip middle class

To the editor: Republicans would like voters to believe they have their safety at heart — that tighter borders and tougher policing will protect them from the boogeymen so eager to crush the American dream. If given the power, however, make no mistake: they will strip the ...

Prop 2 will result in fair elections

To the editor: The article in the Oct. 26 Gazette did not seem to reflect the reality of the impact of gerrymandering in Michigan. In the 2016 election, Democrats won more votes in Michigan’s state House elections (only by half a percentage point). In a fair distribution, you ...