Letters to the Editor

Spring Fling in Baraga a success

To the editor: The Baraga County Task Force, a work group of the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative, would like to thank the following organizations, individuals and groups for their participation and support in making the 2018 Baraga County Spring Fling a success: Sacred Heart School, ...

Good call to uphold vote rule

To the editor: The recent US Supreme Court decision allowing Ohio to curtail its voter rolls is a step in the right direction. The gist of this decision is that those who’ve moved from one address to another without verification or have not voted in three two-year election cycles will have ...

Services taken for granted

To the editor: To all the work crews of the Houghton Road Commission, thank you! I am grateful and even in awe of the amazingly fast and effective work you have done to get our local communities back to almost normal within just days. As someone who lives just off of Agate, I was shocked, ...

Yoopers are being proactive

To the editor: Since early morning of Sunday, residents of the Copper Country have witnessed  how fortunate we are  living in this community even when facing  adversity.  Municipal  employees  (police, fire and public works), private entities and scores of volunteers continue aiding ...

From Dawn of a New Day

To the editor: We want to thank all the local businesses that contributed to the success of our fundraiser dinner on May 5.

Houghton High Class of 2018

To the editor: The Houghton High School class of 2018 would like to thank our community for its support of our all-night lock-in party held on May 25th, 2018. Because of your donations and support of our fundraising efforts, we enjoyed a night of fun and friendship during our last event as a ...

Some lack values to do good

To the editor: Chicago gangster Al Capone said, “I would rather be rich ... and greedy and go to hell when I die, than live in poverty...” He died at 48, mentally disabled by syphilis. Loretta Lynn’s autobiographical song, “Coalminer’s Daughter” had a much better message about ...

Empty buildings for veterans

To the editor: In the past month, the news has reported that over $90 million is being spent downstate for V.A. facilities. We have a facility in Marquette and Iron Mountain but why not one here? The VA clinic in Hancock has over 700 patients. On M-203, there is a facility that was ...

Prevailing wage repeal will hurt

To the editor: Another attack on hard-working families happened this week in Lansing. This time, the Republican-controlled legislature went after the wages of our construction workers by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Enacted in the 1960s, Michigan’s prevailing wage law ...

Outdoors can be hazard for cats

To the editor: Could this be your cat? A petite, young female tabby cat was recently found in the Quincy Hill area. A kind person called K-SNAG when he noticed her wandering around with a dead kitten partially emerged from her body. While trying to remove the kitten, he discovered she was ...

Flag also stands for free speech

To the editor: This is in response to Ken Toth’s letter on June 5 about flag burning. I understand your dislike for the burning of the flag. I dislike it also. But the Supreme Court has ruled that under the First Amendment it is considered free speech. When I volunteered for the military ...

Will stand up to special interests

When someone thinks of Michigan, a few things typically come to mind. The Great Lakes, maybe some of our sport teams, and a particular industry — the auto industry. Michigan is home to the Big Three American automobile manufacturers and these companies makeup a huge part of our state ...

Bible believers show naivete

To the editor: A response to the religious letters in the Mining Gazette that are out of touch with reality. To interpret ancient writings literally, with their contradictions, various translations, interpolations, errors, and scribal mistakes, is the height of naivete. Also, millions ...

Support for Copper TRACES

To the editor: From May 15-17, Keweenaw National Historical Park was proud to host ‘Copper TRACES for a third year. The annual event brings fourth grade students from across the Keweenaw Peninsula and western Upper Michigan to the park for fun, educational field days, filled with hands-on ...

Stanton Fire pancake b’fast

To the editor: The Stanton Township. Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank everyone who came to our pancake breakfast on Mother’s Day weekend. Your support will help us continue to serve our community. Thanks to all who bought 50/50 raffle tickets. The winner was Marvin Heinonen. ...

Fourth Mom Prom fundraiser

To the editor: Mom Prom Keweenaw 2018 wrapped up its fourth annual fundraising event this week, offering $5,500 to two local families. The gifts to the Handler and Lafreniere families bring the total of Mom Prom Keweenaw distributed funds to nearly $10,000 this year. On behalf of the ...

Standout year of prep sports

To the editor: Local newspaper readers recently had the pleasure of seeing the Daily Mining Gazette recognize the top high school sports stories of 2017-18. Clearly, the Copper Country earned well-deserved statewide recognition for successful girls and boys basketball, hockey and ...

Special ed. awards event

To the editor: On behalf of the Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education, I would like to thank the following people who helped make our 16th annual awards program on May 15 such a great success: Sue Mewbourn, executive secretary for Special Education – her always outstanding efforts ...

Would Jesus be packing heat?

To the editor: I read a report today about the Red Letter Evangelicals. I had never heard of them before. In some Bibles every word that Jesus spoke is in red letters. One of their leaders works with the poor, visits the condemned in prison on death row, attends the sick and homeless and sews ...

Flag is refuge from oppression

To the editor: “I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just a cloth shaped into design. I am the refuge of the world’s oppressed people. “I am the silent sentinel of freedom. I am the inspiration for which American patriots gave their lives and fortunes. I have led ...