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Letters to the Editor

Living your Faith

To the editor: Can you imagine living in such a chaotic and hopeless set of circumstances that you’re willing to sell everything you have to hire a smuggler to sneak your young son or daughter into the United States? Hurricane devastation, rampant corruption, and near apocalyptic social ...

Derek Chauvin’s eyes

To the editor: What did you see when you looked at Derek Chauvin as he heard the jury’s verdict? His cold determination not to feel remorse for his huge mistake was frightening and off-putting, but it taught me something about myself. A wise person asked, “How do you know when it is ...

Line 5 is safe

To the editor: Pipelines are the safest, most economical, and environmentally safe way to transport hydrocarbons. Transporting hydrocarbons using rail, truck, or barging proposed by Governor Whitmer and the UP Propane Research Team (UPPRT) is much less safe. Claiming that Line 5 is not ...

An open letter to UP residents about getting the vaccine

To the editor: The following letter is made on behalf of hospital leaders from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Hospitals: This is a message from your Upper Peninsula hospital leaders and health experts - fellow Yoopers who have endured the hardships of this pandemic alongside you. We’re ...

Scandalous love

To the editor: Perhaps we are afraid of God’s unconditional love for us because we’ve experienced rejection or abandonment in our lives. We silently wonder “What if God lets me down and I get hurt again? We prefer the “comfort” of our fears to the risk of letting go and trusting in ...

Unitarian Universalists support call for Line 5 closure

To the editor: In the April 17/18 Weekend Mining Journal, leaders of the Episcopal Church in Northern Michigan and the UP called Line 5 an “unacceptable risk that must go.” The Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship joins our Episcopalian brothers and sisters in calling for the ...

Line 5 is not safe

To the editor: Responding to 4/14 Mining Gazette article, “Enbridge Line 5 pipeline: What you should know,” for ten years citizens and experts investigated risks to our Great Lakes from the aging Canadian Line 5 pipeline. Suddenly, with the pipeline’s easement revoked and eviction date ...

Thank you DMG

To the editor: Thank you for the article regarding the Keweenaw Spay/Neuter Assistance Group’s Financial Assistance Program. We are grateful to get the word out to the community regarding the help that we provide to pet owners. There are just a couple of corrections I would like to ...

Spaghetti thanks

To the editor: Alfred Erickson American Legion Post 186 would like to thank everyone who supported our spaghetti dinner held on April 11. Thank you to all who attended and to all who helped out with the event. Thank you to the Mix 93.5 WKMJ, Daily Mining Gazette and Houghton Community ...

Careful where you put money

To the editor: Since 2005 my wife and I have owned about seven Toyota cars and trucks, including: a RAV4, a Highlander, a Tacoma, and at least four Tundras. We currently own a Highlander and lease a 2021 Tundra. We have purchased or leased these fine vehicles because we’ve felt they were ...

Naming conventions

To the editor: Lenin (1870-1924) said, “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Now capitalists buy the rope from their Chinese Communist “friends” and sell it to us. Will we hang ourselves? Lenin called liberals “useful idiots” but so are those ...

Protecting our climate: What role do we play?

To the editor: Sometimes we underestimate the role we can play as a citizen. History focuses on the dramatic. For instance, the World War II generation will always be admired for its defense of Democracy. Later, in less dramatic form, we held firm against totalitarianism facing down the ...

Support Biden’s rescue plan

To the editor: President Joseph Biden’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) should command pro-life support. It directly saves lives by expanding vaccines and fights poverty with unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, rent assistance and the new child tax credit. Official Catholic teaching says ...

Last best hope

To the editor: Any informed reflection on our nation’s past reveals that the “good old days” weren’t so good for all of those who call themselves Americans. Any such reflection clearly reveals an ever present campaign to consciously marginalize targeted groups of Americans in order to ...

Circles of community

To the editor: Recently you might have seen yard signs that say “Many Faiths, One Community.” The way we think of community is key. While belonging to a church is a choice, we are, of necessity, members of several communities, beginning with family and extending to the planet. Each of us ...

More than meets the eye

To the editor: Despite Michiganders twice voting against the hunting of wolves, here we are again facing threat of a rushed wolf hunt through the adoption of Sen. Resolution 15. Why the need for this hunt you ask? Well, the resolution states it will limit potential wolf and human contact. Such ...

Is it true?

To the editor: An Associated Press article in the DMG on April 5, 2021, stated the following: A Michigan sheriff is speaking up for an Upper Peninsula man who was charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Karl Dresch “stepped over the line” by going into the Capitol but he’s not a ...

Support slowing climate change

To the editor: I’m a retired meteorologist with two degrees in atmospheric science. The great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions (and other short-sighted, careless actions like widespread deforestation) are responsible for a ...

Where do we draw the line?

To the editor: The Second Amendment to the Constitution states “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This amendment is ambiguous since a well-regulated militia and arms are not ...

Who needs this change?

To the editor: Recently, Walmart went to self-checkouts. I wonder if anyone did a poll or asked customers how they felt? There were always long lines but now they’re very long. I’ve seen people just leave their carts and exit the store. I personally don’t like it. Looking for UPC ...