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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Keeping Social Security

To the editor: I believe in Social Security and Medicare. I believe they are precious programs for the millions and millions of us who are not millionaires. I want to keep Social Security and Medicare for workers who add value to our society. President Trump does not. He has said many times ...

Markkanen’s first term

To the editor: I am writing to rebut a letter printed on Aug. 26. The author incorrectly claimed that State Representative Greg Markkanen has introduced zero pieces of legislation since taking office in January 2019. That could not be further from the truth. A simple search on the website ...

Thank you to the community

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank, IncredibleBank in Houghton and Calumet and the Calumet Colosseum, for hosting a blood drive in the month of August. As a result of their efforts, we collected 39 pints of blood. I would also like to thank ...

City council’s response

To the editor: Like many others who voted for the proposal to postpone the sale of the Lakeshore Drive parking deck, I am very disappointed by the response of the city council. Several members of the council asserted that nothing has been decided, so there is nothing to discuss at this point. ...

Trump’s America

To the editor: Look around you. What you see is Donald Trump’s America. Not Barack Obama’s, nor Joe Biden’s. Trump’s. Regardless of what he says, he “owns” it. Just like the CEO’s of the giant corporations that he admires. This is Trump’s America. Levels of race riots ...

Oh, Black Water

To the editor: In response to the letter in the DMG titled “Fascism in America” by David Keranen. First, I would like to thank David for the inspiration he has been to me in writing letters to the editor for the last 15 years. It’s been fun. Being an independent thinker and voter all ...

Democrats need Republicans

To the editor: In her August 19 letter “Democrats are the problem,” Marilyn Sager made an indisputable case to dispel decades of false narratives crediting the Democratic Party as the enduringly devoted guardians of African Americans. Ms. Sager wrote, “The Republican Party was founded ...

Hope available

To the editor: At a time when life seems darker than usual, it is normal for folks to be discouraged, afraid and even angry. And as sad and upsetting as the current situation is, there’s no assurance that it won’t get worse. Many reasons are considered and blamed for today’s many ...

We appreciate your support

To the editor: We at CLK Post 3900 of the VFW would like to give a huge thank-you to our golfers, hole Sponsors, Auxiliary and Sandy Pebbles Golf Course for a successful 15th Annual Neil Isaacson golf fundraiser. We understand that this year has made it harder on all of the nonprofit ...

Vote smart

To the editor: Janet Metsa is running for the Michigan House of Representatives, district 110. I first met Janet as an MTU junior when she was still in high school- not yet Chassell’s valedictorian and not yet the recipient a full scholarship to MIT. She was a dairy farmer’s daughter and ...

Sour grapes

To the editor: In the 8-20-20 edition of the DMG, the headline story was about how disappointed three republican representatives from the U.P. were about not getting any people from the U.P. on Michigan’s new Redistricting Commission. Why does it matter what part of the state the people ...

Judging a book too quickly

To the editor: Too many people are what Lenin called “useful idiots” for condoning his radicalism. Like the Marxists, they emphasize group identities (“oppressors” vs. “victims”), not individual acts. Thirty years ago, when he was interviewed on 20/20 (ABC), jazz musician Miles ...

Fascism in America

To the editor: Welcome to fascist America. The sending of uninvited, unidentified, camouflaged-wearing Federal troops to quell a peaceful protest is the hallmark of a fascist/Nazi tactic. And the clueless president is threatening to do more of the same. Clearly, with an election coming up, ...

Courage and conscience

To the editor: Irina Ratushinskaya, a citizen of Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, was arrested as a dissident in 1983 and imprisoned with a few other women political activists for several years. Her book, “Grey Is the Color of Hope,“ written in 1989, is a celebration of the ...

The sign of the times

To the editor: The prolific yard signs seen on Broad Street speak to an unprecedented interest in political outcomes as our election nears. Regrettably, we have seen an unusual amount of yard signs pilfered off of citizens private property. Can anyone guess which political signs are being ...

Native Plant Sale a success

To the editor: The Wild Ones Keweenaw chapter would like to thank everyone who helped make our first native plant sale a spectacular success. About 60 area residents purchased nearly a thousand plants, including milkweed, lance-leaf coreopsis, wild columbine, butterfly weed and more. ...