Letters to the Editor

38th annual Great Bear Chase

To the editor: A record 740 skiers enjoyed a perfect day for cross country skiing for the 38th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase at the Swedetown Trails. About 80 percent of the participants came from outside of our immediate area, which means almost 600 skiers and their families ...

Camp Read Away celebrates reading

To the editor: Superior AmeriCorps held its fourth annual Camp Read Away event on Saturday, March 3 at the Copper Country Mall in Houghton. The event was intended to give participants access to free books that were donated to Superior AmeriCorps during a book drive held in January, and to get ...

Nipple Ollande teaches dribbling

To the editor: March Madness evokes fond memories. As young lads at the Charles Briggs Grade School in Laurium, an older kid, perhaps two years our senior, taught me and my chums the rudiments of basketball at a nearby playground. Tall for his age, Robert “Nipple” Ollande dazzled us ...

Find all PHF grants at website

To the editor: As chairperson of the Portage Health Foundation, I wish to thank Ms. Boxer (letter to the editor on March 16, for providing the foundation the opportunity to highlight the various ways we have begun to meet the healthcare needs of our community. In addition, I ...

Shout-out to snow removal crews

To the editor: As I was scooping my driveway a plow went by as they so often do during the winter. It occurred to me how we take the operators of snow removal equipment for granted. They are out early in the a.m. and even throughout the night, and on weekends and holidays as conditions ...

Catholic shrine open to all

To the editor: The Bishop Baraga Foundation would like to thank Katrice Perkins for her article on the lighting of the Bishop Baraga Shrine. Two statements need clarification. One is “We don't want people to think it is a religious shrine.” Actually the shrine is a religious Catholic ...

Spaying/neutering service available

To the editor: The Keweenaw Spay/Neuter Assistance Group held an eight-week long, free spay/neuter clinic, and we would like to thank the long-time supporter of our organization, who made this event possible. (She knows who she is.) We would also like to thank Dr. Kathe McMullan and the ...

Vote James to drain swamp

To the editor: Michigan has a very exciting graduate of West Point running for U.S. Senate opposing Debbie Stabenow. His name is John James. He is a former Army captain, Ranger-qualified aviation officer who served with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned a combat action badge ...

Ice hockey players seen as artists

To the editor: The creativity expressed on Hancock’s and Detroit’s hockey rinks, of arenas in Oskar and in Houghton, is of a brilliance to embarrass the displays of Michigan’s galleries and the products of her studios. For the potential NHL draftee, the quality of creativity is ...

Unsportsmanlike conduct on NMU

To the editor: Northern Michigan has shown us their true colors this weekend: It is hosting a conference playoff title game in a 4,000-seat arena and Michigan Tech only gets 150 tickets. Obviously they don’t want us there. This is an historic event and may never happen again, and we ...

Houghton County shorted on grants

To the editor: I am voicing my concern about the granting practices of the Portage Health Foundation, in particular I am questioning the numerous grants being made to Baraga, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. In my 30-plus years of direct association with St. Joseph Hospital and Portage ...

Whitmer clear governor choice

To the editor: I’ve been following the Michigan governor’s race closely, and there’s a clear frontrunner. Gretchen Whitmer is the only candidate with the skills and understanding to go into the Governor’s Office on day one and get things done. Whitmer has been fighting for Michigan ...

Family fun day at Barnelopet

To the editor: The 11th annual Barnelopet children’s cross-country ski races were held on Feb. 11 at the Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock. Thanks to sponsorship by the Portage Health Auxiliary, this event was free to all. This financial support purchased beautiful enameled medals and race ...

Legislation allows for meter choice

To the editor: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons of Michigan) recently announced that passage of Analog Meter Choice Bill HB4220 is one of its top 10 priorities for 2018. Gary Glenn, sponsor of the bill, said people are looking for affordable ways to be able to keep their ...

Tech library’s annual book sale

To the editor: Our annual book sale will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 6, 2018 for members (memberships are sold for $20 at the door) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7, 2018 for the general public. The sale is held in the MUB Ballroom. There is a need for gently used books, paperbacks, ...

Flowers given for no reason

To the editor: This is another example of why it’s so great to live in the Copper Country. On Thursday afternoon, March 1, I was in the express checkout lane at Econo Foods and the young lady ahead of me was picking out several small bouquets of daffodils that were in a display, and said ...

Jesus’ friends, followers Jewish

To the editor: True Christians never misuse the Bible to stereotype Jews. The Jewish identity of Jesus is important to them. So are the Jewish origins of the New Testament, half of which Paul wrote. He said, “I am a Jew.” Jesus was popular among Jews of his day even though not many knew ...

ATV Club’s After Holiday Party

To the editor: The Keweenaw ATV Club would like to say thank you to the following businesses for their donations to our After Holiday Party membership drive: M-M Power Sports, Houghton Power Sports, Dan’s Recreation, Burger King, McCabe Dist., U.P Pub, Dollar Bay Power Sports, Paul ...

Community input promotes unity

To the editor: The future of our County Jail and Courthouse offers Houghton County residents the opportunity to exercise our freedom and responsibility to work together. We must become informed, listen to each other, and share the cost involved in solving the problems. A few years ago, ...

Earth is gift of perfection

To the editor: Whenever I consider our blue planet spinning at breakneck speed, 24/7, precisely tilted and revolving, it is amazing that Earth’s outer covering of 70 percent liquid stays intact. No other planet has been discovered like ours. God’s creation of the entire universe is the ...