Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Whitmer for next governor of Mich.

To the editor: Ever since Gretchen Whitmer visited Houghton in February 2017, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of electing her as our next governor. She spoke of the importance of actually listening to the needs of the people of Michigan and of working with elected ...

Miss rational political debate

To the editor: I was a child of the ’50s in a good-sized loving family. For us politics was a topic in the weeks before an election. My father was a Republican, a proud fiscal conservative, and my mother, a Democrat, called herself a progressive. Not surprisingly, we five children ...

Stand up for climate by voting

To the editor: Just the facts, ma’am, no doomsday climate rhetoric. On Oct. 9 my email was jammed with messages from every publication employing a science journalist. The foremost climate change organization on the planet had issued an exhaustive study. The IPCC is elite scientists ...

Going back to Christian roots

To the editor: I was interested to read about religiously conservative women in Texas who are beginning to question some of the tenets and practices of this administration which don’t line up with their faith. I wonder if they have heard of the Christian movement, “Reclaiming Jesus” ...

Dianda dishonest on several issues

To the editor: I am writing in response to the recent letter published by state Rep. Scott Dianda regarding auto insurance. Dianda claims the bill he voted against, HB 5013, was a terrible bill “written for the insurance companies,” and a “political gimmick.” I don’t think that ...

Use both heart, mind in voting

To the editor: I want to thank Mike Irish for his thoughtful letter to the editor in the Oct. 20 Daily Mining Gazette. His letter suggested that voters use their hearts and minds when casting their votes on Nov 6. He shared his method for sorting through the opinions and positions ...

New perspective, fresh ideas

To the editor: I will be voting for Gretchen Janssen on Nov. 6 because she will bring a much-needed new perspective and fresh ideas to the Houghton County Board. Gretchen is a lifelong resident of Houghton but new to the political scene. She has never run for office before and does not ...

Change board at Mich. State

To the editor: In past elections I have admittedly not spent much time thinking about the University Board of Trustees elections. However criminal events recently brought to light should force us to pay close attention to these positions. This year, Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually ...

Ninth Annual Quilt Show

To the editor: The Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild would like to thank all who participated in the 9th quilt show and quilt raffle which supported the 31 Backpack program and the Barbara Kettle Shelter Home. We were able to give $3,000 to each recipient. The winners of the quilts were ...

VFW holds Freedom Fest

To the editor: The Chassell VFW Post 6507 Auxiliary would like to thank the community members who supported our District 15 Freedom Festival on Oct. 13. Thank you to Thrivent Financial, Pizza Hut, Pepsi-Cola, Econo Foods, WLUC TV 6, the radio stations, Chassell Township, the L’Anse ...

Buying art is real support of arts

To the editor: As in Marquette, so in Houghton. Marquette is almost certainly benefiting, or going to benefit, from “Seat at the Table”, and Houghton could benefit from a similar series. “Seat at the Table”, however, approaches the arts uniquely, and from a bizarre perspective. ...

Reefer madness is imminent

To the editor: Now to hear from “the other side” re: Marijuana legalization. States legalizing recreational dope have had massive increases in crime, traffic accidents and fatalities, mental illnesses, welfare recipients, unemployment, overdoses, more serious street drug ...

Tax cuts add to national debt

To the editor: In an Oct. 13 letter to the Gazette, Matt Kiilunen, Chassell, urged voters to reject Democrat’s socialist programs because those programs steal an individual’s freedom. Yes, Democrat Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson brought Social Security ...

Mayor supports council incumbent

To the editor: This letter is in support of city of Houghton Councilor John Sullivan. On Dec. 16, 2015, John was appointed by the council to fill an unexpired term. In November of 2016, John was elected by the residents of the city of Houghton to continue to serve them. As mayor, I have ...

Address climate change with vote

To the editor: Last week, we learned at the State of Lake Superior conference held in Houghton that Lake Superior is probably the fastest warming lake in the world. We saw our friends and family in Florida, the Carolinas, and Virginia hit by another devastating hurricane. And the week before ...

Vote to restore rational thinking

To the editor: With the upcoming midterm elections, there seem to be clear-cut differences in opinion and strong emotions regarding candidates and parties. To help me decide, I use two categories that I find useful: principles/philosophy and values/character. Under principles, I use the ...

Jail proposal lacks input

To the editor: It goes without saying that our county jail needs renovation. No citizen wants to have our officers or inmates in jeopardy. But the public should not feel guilty or made to feel they don’t have the welfare of the judicial system in mind if the 2018 jail proposal fails. It ...

Track record of community service

To the editor: On Nov. 6, voters in Houghton County’s District 2 (Franklin, Quincy, Osceola, Schoolcraft, and Torch Lake Townships) should elect Melissa Davis to serve as their commissioner. As I go door to door in the district to introduce Melissa, I consistently hear voters say they want ...

Hold insurance cos. accountable

To the editor: As representative for the 110th state House District, I’ve put over 600,000 miles on my car driving between my home in Calumet and Lansing to be a voice for the people of the Upper Peninsula. As I go around the district, people tell me that basics like gas, utility bills, and ...