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Letters to the Editor

Party of one

To the editor: This has been a remarkable year for politics. The two major parties have been challenged in their efforts to influence the few independent voters to see things their way. Once upon a time, both parties would set out white paper-like statements of their goals and objectives ...

Whose truth?

To the editor: People employ different means to seek the truth. Some employ intuition; they go with their gut. Some go along with whatever pack with which they identify; a kind of herd mentality. Others habitually seek a contrarian view; they seek to go it alone. Others allow for ...

Importance of rural hospitals

To the editor: We in Baraga County have the luxury of having a hospital quite close by and I am wondering if many readers know how small hospitals stay afloat. One way is to qualify for a designation as a Critical Access Hospital, which Baraga County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) has done. This ...

‘What if’ argument

To the editor: In response to columnist John Kass and his “what if” scenario in which it was republican mayors who couldn’t control their cities and people in MAGA hats taking to the streets instead of democratic mayors and Black Lives Matter protesters, I would like to point out some ...

Save local animals

To the editor: We local animal lovers are very fortunate to have three excellent indefinite stay (no kill) shelters in our area. Not enough praise can be heaped on CCHS in Houghton, OCAP in Ontonagon and UPAWS in Marquette. Their euthanasia rate (the final act of kindness that can be bestowed ...

Driving local economics

To the editor: Mea Culpa! I now see, looking at “michiganvotes.org” that Greg Markkanen has indeed submitted 33 bills in his first two years. I would have sworn that when I wrote my letter of Aug 26 in the Gazette there were none, for which error I apologize to Mr. Putala (SEPT 4) and to ...

Rising star?

To the editor: You saw an article from the Associated Press that Governor Whitmer is a Rising Star in the Democratic Party because she was considered for Vice President. The reason for this is because Joe Biden thought this might win Michigan. We are smarter than that. Michigan is coming ...

Working to dismantle racism

To the editor: The members of the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) believe Black lives matter. We join Unitarian Universalists throughout the nation learning to do the work of dismantling racism in ourselves and our institutions. This work is urgent and at the same time, ...

Importance of Janet Metsa

To the editor: Janet Metsa is not an ideologue, she is a problem solver who wants to work with all the citizens, when she is elected to represent Michigan’s 110th District, this November. Janet grew up in Chassell and attended public school here through high school. She attended MIT and ...

What do I believe in?

To the editor: I received a packet from Catholic Vote asking for support, money and vote. I would like to make it very clear from the beginning. I was born and baptized a Catholic and I am 82 years old and try hard to adhere to my faith. I do not believe in abortion and I am a Democrat. I ...

Question to Houghton

To the editor: We have lived in Houghton for almost 30 years, during that time there have been three City Managers.  All of them have moved the city forward at a nice pace.  In those thirty years there has never been a dispute between the residents and City Government that has provoked a ...

How many plants are there?

To the editor: At a recent Michigan rally Trump claimed to have saved the auto industry and 22 new auto plants have opened under his administration. The fact is that absolutely no new plants have opened and plants have actually been closed during his reign. This is fact, not opinion. ...

Get Goghing

To the editor: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) annual Inside/Out Program brings high resolution reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout Michigan. This year the city of Hancock was selected as the Upper Peninsula site. Seven full-scale images have been ...

Goebbels repeats

To the editor: It appears the Democrats are emulating Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or ...

Amendment could help

To the editor: Among other qualifications the Constitution requires a person to have attained the age of 35 years to be eligible to the office of President. An amendment is necessary to set an upper age limit, perhaps 66, to lessen the odds that in the future the electorate will not be ...

McLean doing good job

To the editor: I recently read a letter to the editor about Sheriff Brian McLean that I know was filled with misinformation of willful malice and an attempt on character assassination. I am a retired Sheriff with over forty years in the law enforcement business. I have been in law enforcement ...

Redistricting article misleading

To the editor: The 8-20-20 redistricting commission article was misleading and biased. The Republicans have opposed the redistricting proposal from the beginning. The trio of Ed McBroom, Beau LaFave and Greg Markkanen favored the former method of redrawing voting district lines, because as ...

A need for reconciliation

To the editor: Nothing good comes from anger and hate. The killing of George Floyd, the shooting of Jacob Blake and the killings of 3 protesters remind us how far America is divided. Each victim left a mother, a father and other loved ones. Polarization has reached its worst level since the ...

Enough already

To the editor: It’s time that every law-abiding citizen in America rise up and give Washington D.C. an ultimatum - get to work in Congress and stop backbiting one another. All of you Senators running around the country for over a year campaigning and wasting tax payers’ money, when you ...

To be or not to be

To the editor: “To be or not to be” remains a legitimate question. To riot or not to riot should never need to be asked. Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, St. Louis, whatever city is next. I cannot think of any family, neighbors, people in my neighborhood or town who would ever choose or ...