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Letters to the Editor

Obamacare ad is misleading

To the editor:Anyone watching TV recently certainly has seen the advertisement in which Julia Boonstra berates Congressman Gary Peters for supporting the Affordable Care Act. She has leukemia and reports that her insurance policy was canceled and that her costs in her new policy are ...

A better idea for tax relief

To the editor:I question the recent Gazette editorial endorsing the proposed Republican income tax rate cut. I was curious as to what research was done to declare this proposition a "good idea and it's fair." The paper credited Gov. Snyder's "taxation measures" for ending our ...

Questioning the human soul

To the editor:To propose that humans have a soul is an extraordinary claim. The late psychologist Julian Jaynes speculated on consciousness. By his concept, humans have consciousness and dogs do not. What? Surely my dog Spot is conscious when he is awake, looking at me and wagging his tail. ...

Holiday effort was a success

To the editor:2013 was the 15th year for the Keweenaw County "No Kid without a Christmas" program and once again it was a great success. Thanks to the unbelievable support from the people of the Keweenaw, this valuable program was able to assist many families who otherwise may do without during ...

Ski for the Key says ‘Thanks’

To the editor:Under a purple Yooper sky and blazing sun, over 80 x-country skiers and snowshoers, demonstrating a true sense of community, and undaunted by single-digit temps, came out to the Ski for the Key (Ski for the Keweenaw) at Swedetown Trails on Feb. 8 in support of Omega House and ...

New IRS rule is unacceptable

To the editor:Currently the IRS is proposing to codify with new regulation 134417-13 the unethical targeting of 501(c)4 organizations that oppose the Obama agenda. According to U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp, over the past few years the IRS targeted not only ...

The realities of coyote ‘control’

To the editor:Obviously, Mark Roth (DMG 2/27/14) is unaware of the realities of coyote "control". Predator hunts and trapping are sure ways to increase the coyote population. Increase, not decrease. Sounds nuts, I know, but it's true. Do a Google search on "coyote control" and do some ...

Water credit is not enough

To the editor:First of all, I want to make it clear I am NOT angry at anyone. In fact, I specifically want to state how thankful I am to the City of Houghton Water Department and to the gentleman who came to my home to get my water running again. I discovered my water pipe was frozen on Feb. 4, ...

Enough is indeed enough

To the editor:Public Health Bills 575-578 address the Bureau of Health's licensing board of health professionals; they're designed to amend existing laws protecting the general public. License boards re-instate sex offenders despite convictions of sexual abuse against patients, including ...

Save a part of local history

To the editor:A January 2014 article in the Gazette said the Keweenaw National Historical Park's Advisory Commission is going to buy the Quincy Smelter. I remember walking around the smelter on different tours with Congressman Bob Davis and U.S. Senator Carl Levin over 25 years ago.Back then, ...

Why there’s no flag at memorial

To the editor:We do have a beautiful Upper Peninsula War Memorial and Park located at the top of Pine Mountain but, we also have the following concern.If you were wondering why there is no American Flag flying on top of the hill at the memorial, I will try to explain. The flag that is flown ...

Despite cold, warming exists

To the editor:You may think that the bitter winter we have had would make global warming deniers out of all of this. But think twice.Those of you of my generation may remember the song "Rainy Night in Georgia," popularized by R&B vocalist Benton Brook in 1970. The lyrics go, in part, "A ...

You believe it when you see it

To the editor:The Apostles saw with their own eyes that Jesus came back to life after He was killed and they saw Him rise up into heaven in the clouds.When you see something with your own eyes, no one can talk you out of it, no one can tell you it didn't happen, no one can change your ...

Heikinpäivä, a huge success

To the editor:The Finnish Theme Committee of Hancock wishes to extend a warm and hearty thank you to everyone made Heikinpiv 2014 a great success. Despite the bitter cold the coffee was hot and hearts warmed. As the folk saying goes, winter's back is broken and we've made the best of winter in ...

Help support lighting project

To the editor:As the manager of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, I would also like to thank all those who have supported the No. 2 Shafthouse lighting project. If it weren't for the generosity of the community, this project would not ever been possible.However, I wish to address an apparent ...

Parents were royally treated

To the editor:My parents, Loyd and Jean Lander, came to PortagePointe together, nervous and not really wanting to be there. It was a sad time in their lives, having to leave the home they had lived in for the past 66 years of their marriage, a place they raised their six girls.It was Dec. 13, ...

Taxpayers pay for wolf folly

To the editor:I find it interesting that the Federal Government spent in excess of $200,000 to protect a farmer's cattle from wolves. According to the January, 2014 AP news article, MLive.com said it made the estimate based on documents it reviewed. Much of the expense was in administrative ...

US should follow Scandinavia

To the editor:One benefit of being a Swedish and a Danish pensioner is I get to see how different the income taxes are paid there and here in the USA. For instance, in Denmark the income tax includes a 5 percent health tax which pays for the National Health.That might be the approach we could ...

Wolves, coyotes pose problems

To the editor:I've been told by many older hunters that in the 50's and early 60's you might walk all day and not find a deer track and if you did you better stay on it. If history repeats itself we might be headed that way again. I think the biggest problem is the DNR (does nothing right) has ...

Carnival was wonderful

To the editor:I would like to commend all of the Michigan Tech Students for a wonderful Winter Carnival. This year's theme was a great choice, my family loved seeing all the Disney movie choices. I would hate to be a judge, I could never pick one over another they were all so great. The month ...