To the editor:
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to meet Scott Dianda, D- Calumet, at various functions and I can proudly say that I support his candidacy. He is a strong supporter of public schools, and he stands for the students and teachers that make our local schools the best in the state of Michigan.
I am an unemployed teacher and I'm disgusted and offended by the direction in which our current representatives have taken education. First off, state Rep. Matt Huuki, R-Atlantic Mine, voted to remove more than $1 billion from the public school system. And now, teachers are faced with having to pay much more of their health insurance costs, with only a minimal increase in wages. The government is also threatening to tax pensions and deny retirees health insurance. Who wants to become a teacher with those kinds of benefits? I certainly wouldn't have chosen to study education if you'd told me that when I was a college student. Scott stands behind teachers and believes they should get the security and benefits they deserve.
With leaders like Mr. Huuki, how can our state compete with other states for companies if we cannot offer those businesses a well-educated workforce? Our state will fail to succeed in the 21st century if we cannot give those businesses the human capital that they need to be successful.
Mr. Dianda is also a strong proponent for responsible mining in our region. We have vast mineral wealth here in the Copper Country, and we should mine for it safely. With productive mining in our area, we can add numerous jobs and bring a lot of money into our local economy. If we want Michigan to be one of the best states in the country, we must support candidates like Scott Dianda, who will add to the public good and not to their own pocket book. We need a change in Lansing, and I believe Scott will be leading the charge.
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Candidate, Calumet Village council