Letters to the Editor

Who are real heroes?

To the Journal editor:

Remember the devastating terrorist attacks which took place on Sept. 11, 2001? As our country healed from those horrific events our nation became united. Patriotism was on display all across our great nation as flag’s flew ever abundantly. Fast forward, less than 20 years ahead.

Have we forgotten, countless people died defending our flag for the freedoms we enjoy today? I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but it shouldn’t disrespect, demean or harm others in the process. By kneeling during our National Anthem, you are disrespecting our flag and the veterans. You are spitting in the face of all who currently serve, have served or died defending our flag and the freedoms we all enjoy today in the United States of America.

If you don’t have the decency to stand proud during the playing of our National Anthem, you should consider residing elsewhere in the world. You may be imprisoned or even executed in some countries for displaying such disrespect. Nobody is forcing you to live here, but your wages and freedoms sure are nice aren’t they? These overrated and grossly overpaid “super heroes” continue to set very poor examples which our society embraces. Money and platforms have trumped patriotism and volunteering. This platform continues to make waves, but it doesn’t address or help solve the problem. Instead, it adds to the already growing division in our country. Why don’t these “super heroes” donate a portion of their multi-million dollar contracts to help feed or shelter the homeless in a community?

If more time was spent actually helping people instead of kneeling for the National Anthem, they would be doing something to make a difference and modeling positive behavior to our society. Unfortunately our culture reveres these mere athletes as “super heroes.” As fans, we wear their jerseys, watch them on television and some purchase overpriced tickets and trek hundreds of miles to see them perform in person. Sadly, some of these same fans, spend no time volunteering in our community, spend little time with their own children, or fail to attend their own child’s sporting events claiming to be too busy. Could this be a result of poor role models? Just a thought.

Our real super heroes are the brave men and women who serve, have served or died, for our great country, including our military, police and firefighters.

Lance Peterson


Sight was better than Bigfoot

To the Journal editor:

On the morning of Oct. 6, I joined Duke LifePoint Michigan Nurses Association nurses on the picketline in front of the UP Health System-Marquette hospital. Upon arrival, I was shocked to see something more unusual than a sighting of Bigfoot!

In my 36 years as a proud United Steelworkers of America member, who has been involved in several strikes, I have never witnessed a Republican politician near a union picket. To my utter amazement, there were not just one but three Republican politicians in my view: state Sen.Tom Casperson and Ed McBroom. Under their wing was the fledgling Republican candidate for the 109th District, Mr. Rich Rossway.

“Wow,” I thought, the nurses have really created a lot of public support! I was able to join in a pointed but respectful conversation with Mr. Casperson. I hoped to speak with Mr. Rossway, but was disappointed when the trio left when the cameras turned off.

The following day, Oct. 7, Mr. Rossway (along with Sara Cambensy) appeared on the front page of The Mining Journal. Mr. Rossway’s quote was, “I was there to better understand the concerns of the employees and protestors.” If Mr. Rossway wanted to “better” understand the nurses’ concerns, wouldn’t spending some time actually listening and walking with them be a “better” option?

In contrast, the Democratic candidate, Sara Cambensy, had been on the picket line both days, interacting with, walking alongside and encouraging the nurses with a loud speaker. To me, that demonstrated real support for our nurses! Sara Cambensy “walked the walk and talked the talk.”

On Oct. 8, my wife and I again participated in the community march in support of the MNA nurses. I was pleased to see such great community support. It started at noon. When we arrived at 12:15 p.m., we were informed Mr. Rossway had shown up for a photo op and was gone — again.

Sara Cambensy arrived about 2 p.m., allowed many community members to take ‘selfies’ with her, actually participated in the march, listened, encouraged and thanked the hundreds of community participants. Clearly, she was actively supporting our community nurses, not just promoting herself.

Remember when you vote on Nov. 7, the candidate who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with our community, but even more so, remember those who just came for the photo op with our nurses as their photo props. Very sad!

Al Henderson


Treatment was lacking

To the Journal editor:

I am a resident at Jacobetti Home for Veterans. On Oct. 9, I had an appointment at the former Marquette General Hospital, now a corporate enterprise.

My driver parked in a space near our destination. He was told that we could not enter there; we were directed to the emergency room. I was pushed in my wheelchair to the emergency entrance. A uniformed police sergeant told us that we could not enter there and we were directed to another entrance. After what seemed to be miles of hallways, and elevator rides, we reached our destination.

Upon exiting the building, we were greeted by two uniformed police officers that were guarding the entrance. Police officers are paid to protect the public, not serve a corporate enterprise. By the way, I am a retired police officer with a degree in criminal justice and an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Some time ago, under Citizens United, the Supreme Court decided that corporations are “people.”

I submit that corporations are crooks, with leadership wearing expensive suits.

Victor Hughson