Opinion

Votes to take care of all of us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name is Elisha Kitchen. When I was 6 years old I was hit by a car when I got off of my kindergarten school bus. It was Valentine’s Day 1989. I spent 5 1/2 months in the hospital. I am paralyzed from the neck down and use a ventilator to breathe. I am going to be 36 in ...

He was there to serve UP people

Editorial

To the editor: I am writing to tell everyone why they should support Ed McBroom for state Senate. I got to know candidate McBroom during his first term as a Michigan representative, which would have been in 2010. Those of you that know me know all about the problems I have had with the ...

People of UP stepped up

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My family and I want to thank the Keweenaw Community Foundation and everyone who donated to the foundation for assistance with the Father’s Day flood. The help we received from the foundation in our recovery efforts was a great blessing. It is truly amazing how many people ...

End vote rigging in Michigan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A yes vote on Proposal 2 will fix a major problem for Michigan voters. Every 10 years, states are required by federal law to redraw voting districts to reflect population changes. Michigan’s boundaries are drawn by the very politicians who are elected from these districts. ...

Drug takebacks is vital service in this society

Editorial

Although drug takebacks have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

McBroom is optimist, realist

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The election is fast approaching! I am writing this short letter to explain the reasoning behind my decision to vote for Ed McBroom for Michigan’s 38th District Senate seat. We live in the most interesting of times. Everything has become so incredibly and insanely ...

Candidate who has our back

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, I know firsthand how important it is to elect candidates who have our back. That is why I am proud to support Ed McBroom for state Senate. While serving as a state representative, McBroom wasn’t afraid to fight for us. He ...

Vote for people of Keweenaw

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw is a place where people value their clean water for fishing and swimming, and their working forests for hiking, hunting and timber. We care about and for our neighbors. We care about whether we and our neighbors can afford power and health care. We value ...

Farmer would be good senator

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was on the Ontonagon County Economic Corporation as a trustee for several years. The bulk of my insight is related to that experience. Shortly before I started on the EDC Board, the White Pine Mine went out of business, and shortly after that, the Smurfit Stone Paper mill ...

Trick or treaters need extra caution, care

Editorial

Area children of all ages are donning costumes and heading out for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, according to the Michigan State ...

Find common ground on roads

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Following up on the Gazette’s Oct. 19 letter from Lansing resident Amanda Hattis, there are a few pesky facts to point out. First, county road commissions have been hyper-responsive to concerns of the logging industry — mostly relayed through Sen. Tom Casperson — since ...

Health care for all isn’t socialism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Socialism: “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods ... a system of society or group living in which there is no private property” Merriam-Webster. ...

Inmate numbers need to decrease

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We were wondering what efforts have been made to reduce the number of inmates at the Houghton county jail. Perhaps electronic tethering could be used for non violent offenders. In addition any able-bodied nonviolent offender could be required to report to the courthouse every ...

Not running against wind farm

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the election less than one week away, I would like to set the record straight, as transparency seems to be talked about a lot around here lately. Yes I have taken a stand against the Summit Lake Project. I’m sure most of you already know that. But as you vote, bear in ...

Latest state job report is good news

Editorial

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

Republican cuts strip middle class

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Republicans would like voters to believe they have their safety at heart — that tighter borders and tougher policing will protect them from the boogeymen so eager to crush the American dream. If given the power, however, make no mistake: they will strip the ...

Prop 2 will result in fair elections

Letters to the Editor

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.

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

DNR fish stocking benefits economy of whole region

Editorial

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Miss rational political debate

Letters to the Editor

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 ...