Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Corrections in sports column

To the editor: In Paul Peterson’s Nov. 8 column, he gave incorrect information. Bobby Layne was traded to Pittsburgh during the 1958 season, not after the 1959 season. And the Detroit-Dallas playoff game was in the 1970 playoffs, not 1971. And it was Bill Munson who overthrew Earl ...

Bergman should represent 1st Dist.

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 his cronies at ...

There is help for vets in crisis

To the editor: On Veterans Day we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of over 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans ...

Christians follow God, not a man

To the editor: For the first time in the history of the universe, I agree with David Keranen! Well...to a point. He wrote about Martin Luther and although it is not pleasant for the many Lutherans in town to hear, it’s true. He was extremely anti-Semitic. He correctly states that Luther ...

Freedom of speech is right for all

To the editor: Freedom of speech is a right of all who live in the United States of America. Whether you disagree with Ann Coulter, Elizabeth Warren, Milo Yiannopoulos, Colin Kaepernick, Richard Spencer, Bernie Sanders or others not of your persuasion, they have a right to speak and be ...

Use utmost safety in sharing road

To the editor: The Hancock Bike and Pedestrian Committee wants to remind all users to share the road and remember safety first! As the winter descends upon us all, there are more hours of darkness. If you are a walker, runner or cyclists be sure you are highly visible, with reflective ...

Haunted House Mine Tour

To the editor: Thank you to all the volunteers and visitors who made this year’s Haunted Mine Tour the best ever! Michigan Tech students from Alpha Psi Omega, Blue Key, Blue Key Honors society, the Geology Club, Arnold Air Society, Engineering World Health, Pre-Health Association, and ...