Letters to the Editor

Blood center says thanks

On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center and all of the patients we serve throughout the U.P., I would like to thank Mary Minetti/Our Lady of Mercy, Melissa Stein/GS Engineering and Joe Freed/Copper Country Mental Health for hosting blood drives in the month of May.As a result of everyone's ...

Tournaments were a success

To the editor:On Saturday, June 7, 2014, U.P. KIDS (formerly the Good Will Farm) held its fourth annual fundraising Bridge and Mah Jongg Tournament. Many people and organizations came together to make this a success.Our special thanks go out to Superior National Bank & Trust, our main ...

Thanks for the playground help

To The Editor,On behalf of the Barkell Elementary PTO, I would like to thank everyone who played a role in the building of the new playground at Barkell Elementary School in Hancock! Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, teachers, staff members, community members and students who helped ...

Breakers to Bay went well

To the editor:The Breakers to Bay event organizers hosted the 6th annual 5 mile race to benefit a startup of the Stanton School Wellness group on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.We would like to thank the individuals and organizations that made it a success.Thank you to the following - The Ruohonen ...

Escaping Plato’s allegorical cave

To the editor:In Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from his book "The Republic," we have a metaphor that contrasts the way in which we perceive reality. Plato establishes a cave in which prisoners are chained from birth and forced to look upon the front wall of the cave. In the back is a fire that ...

VA mess is a prelude to ACA

To the editor:Each day that goes by this VA mess is getting deeper and deeper and more and more sickening. This a prelude to what a National Healthcare System will look like. Here's the real kicker. It's my belief the whole Obamacare debacle is an attempt to get us to a single payers system. ...

Hancock taking wrong approach

To the editor:Being in Marquette for minor heart surgery from May 19th, I had no opportunity to go to the May 20, public hearing on changing White Street in Hancock to one way.While my wife and I would be happy to see traffic on White Street restricted, we feel the city is taking almost exactly ...

Can we return to the old method?

To the editor:While I admit that I am ignorant of the county's budget, equipment, personnel, as well as brush and tree trimming, I have to say that this spring's brush and tree trimming along the rural roads leaves a bit to be desired. It looks like some extremely large and angry animal has ...

Trapping is inhumane killing

To the editor:"Sound science is the only effective way we have to defend against political and legal challenges like the ballot fight we face in the fall."Really John?"Sound science" tells us that wolf numbers do not need to be regulated or "managed"; their populations are self-regulating. The ...

Spring Cleanup successful

To the editor:The truth of the adage "many hands make light work" was reaffirmed in my mind on Saturday, May 17, at Main Street Calumet's annual Spring Cleanup. A group of 50+ volunteers gathered Saturday morning and spread across Agassiz Park, Memorial Park, and the streets and alleyways of ...

Class of 2014 says ‘thanks’

To the editor:A Big Thank You from the Lake Linden-Hubbell Class of 2014The Lake Linden-Hubbell Class of 2014 would like to thank the following people and businesses for contributing to their all night, alcohol free party which followed the commencement ceremony on May 23.Thanks to American ...

Thank you from Lakes & Kings

To the editor:The athletic departments at Calumet High School and Lake Linden-Hubbell High School would like to thank Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital for their help in providing sports physicals to our student-athletes this spring.Over 50 dedicated and community-minded health care professionals ...

Thanks for help with drive

To the editor:We would like to express our thanks to the Hancock Honor Society for the food drive they did for The Salvation Army on May 17. Another cold winter took its toll on our food pantry. Thank you for spending time on a Saturday to help your neighbors in need, and doing it with a good ...

Police were there for him

To the editor:I want to thank the Hancock Police Department, 911, and especially patrolman Jeremy Lassila. They responded quickly when I fell and Jeremy was very professional and kind.A grateful citizen,Richard KahnHANCOCK

Broken hip was a lucky break

To the editor:Over the last several months it has been my privilege to be a resident at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility while recovering from a broken hip. I think of it as my lucky break because this place is downright outstanding in the five-star quality of care it renders to the ...

2014 Land Jam was successful

To The Editor:Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) held the "Dam Jam" in 2013 that raised money to protect Upper Hungarian Falls which is now a KLT nature area open to the public year round. This year the event was renamed the Land Jam to raise money for KLT's Land Protection Fund to purchase additional ...

STVFD says ‘thank you’

To the editor:The Stanton Township Volunteer Fire Dept. and First Responders would like to thank everyone who came to our pancake breakfast in May. Thanks to Sharon Lampinen and Shelly Puuri for buying prizes and putting together kids' games. Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets. John Botto ...

Just what is the Republican plan?

To the editor:It's difficult to guess what the Republican plans are by listening to what they say. They're long on complaining and short on solutions. They like to talk a lot about what they're against, but they never say very much about what their plans are. They never answer questions ...

Hunting wolves is a waste

To the editor:Re: "Wolf Hunt Should be Open to Trappers."Hunting and trapping wolves is a waste of an incredibly valuable resource. A viable wolf population, which Michigan does not yet have, maintains healthy levels of herd animal populations like deer and elk. Overpopulation of these animals ...

The right wolf question not asked

To the Editor:There is a certain amount of circular logic that goes into establishing the numbers for a wolf hunt. The states ask "How many wolves can be killed without endangering them again." Numbers are determined, hunters and trappers proudly tout that the numbers are science based and ...