To the editor:
First off, I would like to thank the Michigan Democratic Party for their highly entertaining mailings. Scarcely a day goes by that I don't get a large, full-color flier painting Matt Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine, as a nefarious, black-hearted scoundrel bent on polluting the Great Lakes, robbing senior citizens, stealing Halloween candy from little children, etc. These ads are genuinely hilarious and I really get a kick out of them. Obviously the Democrats think they can buy Huuki's seat, but it rarely works that way in the Upper Peninsula.
I don't know Matt Huuki all that well, but I have observed his family with admiration over the years. Matt lost his father in an accident at the White Pine mine in the early '80s, and his mother Sandy was left to raise a large brood of children in a very small house. Matt has built an excellent small business, Matt's Auto Glass, while his brother Dan has built another thriving business, Keweenaw Overhead Door. You need to be a hard worker, a creative thinker and risk taker to build businesses like these brothers have. These are the qualities Matt brings to Lansing.
The U.P. is on the cusp of seeing new mining ventures, possibly even in the Keweenaw. Mining requires tremendous capital and therefore can only be done by large corporations. There are always inherent risks when you deal with large corporations, but we must also understand that mining companies themselves incur large financial risks. Rather than adopt an adversarial stance toward them, we need clear-eyed legislators that can balance the legitimate needs of large corporations against environmental and local concerns.
I'm voting for Matt Huuki.
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