Letters to the Editor

Give devotion to ending wars

To the editor: Congratulations on the efforts of so many local constituencies who have put together an impressive program, World War I Copper Country. My father served in that war and never spoke about it. I can’t help but think that rather than memorialize a 100-year-old war that was ...

People should be treated humanely

To the editor: I have written in the past on this issue and several years later we as a community we are again faced with the need to vote to modernize the jail, and increase its capacity to meet the needs of both the inmates and jail personal. Over the past years the ...

More religious reading needed

To the editor: Do you remember William J. Bennett’s “The Book of Virtues” written 25 years ago, followed by “The Moral Compass,” published two years later? Said virtues would include but not be limited to self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, work, courage, perseverance, ...

Summers knows of our struggles

To the editor: I am proud to be a yooper, but it pains me to see so many families and seniors here struggling. Not only are there not enough high-paying jobs, but it’s getting harder and harder to afford just to live. From skyrocketing prescription drug prices and health care costs, to ...

Gerrymandering is a threat

To the editor: My name is Elizabeth Benyi from Calumet, and I am an unpaid volunteer for Voters Not Politicians. I got involved with this because I believe in one person one vote and that every vote should count. I care about everyone voting yes for Proposal 2 on the Michigan ballot this ...

Showing disdain for veterans

To the editor: Ed McBroom, candidate for state Senate, must be real desperate as he gleefully accepts the endorsement of “Motor City Mad Man” Ted Nugent. Nugent is a draft dodger who avoided going to Vietnam by multiple deferments. Nugent, another chickenhawk like his idol in the ...

Conservatives, do unthinkable

To the editor: It may be time for conservatives of the Upper Peninsula to do the unthinkable. By conservatives, I mean people who are guided by the U.S. Constitution, who hold to traditional morality and who embrace free-market capitalism including free trade. These individuals believe ...

HKCD holds Coastal Clean-Up

To the editor: On Sept. 15, the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) participated in the annual Coastal Clean-Up and sponsored trash collection by volunteers at the Bete Grise Preserve, the Bete Grise North Public Beach and the Joseph and Mary Lizzadro Lakeshore Preserve. Many ...

Criticism of KNHP was uncalled for

To the editor: I read the article in the Sept. 18 edition of the Gazette about Julie Johnson, a candidate for the Calumet Village Council. She was critical of several committees and programs in the village and maybe she is correct. That I don’t know. However, her criticism of ...

Be independent, think for yourself

To the editor: The two writers who I always look forward to reading are Joe Kirkish and Nicholas Wilson because they are factual, ethical, but not politically correct necessarily! They don’t go “off of the cliff” with the rest majority of those who listen to the prevailing ...

Religions aspire for social control

To the editor: Is it a little unfair that I was born, by the luck of the draw, to Finnish parents who were Christians (Lutherans — one sect of the “true” religion) who immigrated with my grandparents to the Copper Country in the early 1900s? I could have been born elsewhere or in ...

Previous letter writer wrong

To the editor: A recent letter printed in DMG’s weekend edition, contained copious misinformation regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Glaring errors exist within the writer’s first sentence, “11 men will influence a woman’s right to control their own reproductive ...

Kneel in respect for anthem

To the editor: This letter is in response to the post by Greg Bettis in a Sept. 14 letter to the editor and is written on behalf of the Keweenaw Roller Girls. As our announcer said prior to the anthem at our Sept. 8 game, for safety reasons no derby skater may be upright on skates without a ...

Find courage to meet threat

To the editor: My dog, Climate, died — almost. Do you remember your first heartfelt loss? For me it was when our family dog Beven, died. He ran out, yelped and fell over dead. Recently, without prior research, I went to Ashland to listen to retired climate scientist Guy McPherson. ...

Craziness at US 41, M-26 junction

To the editor: If you’re not crazy now, be careful when traveling on Highway U.S. 41 and Highway M-26 in Calumet Township at the junction of Calumet Avenue and Lake Linden Avenue. There are now 10 traffic lights plus a number of signs with arrows on them telling the drivers of the vehicles ...

All these things will pass away

To the editor: When she was a teenager in the 1930s, my mother wrote to her cousin, Arthur Koivula of Park City, Utah. His short life and tragic death 75 years ago teach valuable lessons. His father, an immigrant from Finland, settled in Utah as one of the Scandinavians that ...

Kneeling for flag is respectful

To the editor: For what it’s worth, if anyone listened to the entire national anthem, not just the warm and fuzzy first verse, they may be surprised at the violence that Francis Scott Key depicts in his poem that ultimately became our national anthem. It appears hate and prejudice has been ...

Committee will hold fake inquiry

To the editor: Once again 11 men will influence a woman’s right to control their own reproductive health decisions for decades. The all-male Republican Senate Judiciary Committee is hell-bent on rushing approval of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court despite ...

Land trusts provide trails

To the editor: The Keweenaw ATV Club would like to thank both TRG and AFM for their continued support and excellent cooperation in extending every effort to obtaining, keeping and managing our recreational trail system up and running in Houghton and Keweenaw counties and beyond. It is ...

Sponsors collect 51 blood pints

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank the following blood drive sponsors for July and August 2018: Hanna Axle-Somero Enterprise, Jodi Gerdts-Houghton River Valley Bank, Jamie Thyrion-Calumet River Valley Bank, The Laboratory @ Aspirus Keweenaw ...