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Letters To The Editor

Volunteers are appreciated, missed

To the Journal editor: April 18-24 is Volunteer Appreciation Week. It has been over a year since we have had volunteers on-site at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. The absence of our volunteers is significant and felt daily. Historically, we capture 9,000-plus hours of volunteer ...

Role playing in climate protection

To the Journal editor: Sometimes we underestimate the role we can play as a citizen. History focuses on the dramatic. For instance, the World War II generation will always be admired for its defense of Democracy. Later, in less dramatic form, we held firm against totalitarianism facing ...

Operation Exodus happening now

To the Journal editor: In 1954, a 17-year-old girl boarded the ship SS United States, unaccompanied, in Le Havre, France, for a one-way voyage to America. Once in New York, she took a train to Detroit, where she was met by her older sister. From there, they traveled on to St. Ignace. This ...

Snowbound Books a wonderland of words

To the Journal editor: Snowbound Books, putting it plainly, is a paradise through pages. They have everything you’ll ever want or ever need in the coziest shop in town. Every summer, I take great pleasure in riding my bike down to the wonderful shop and spending an hour (or more) browsing ...

Asks for millage support

To the Journal editor: On May 4, the voters of Alger County will be asked to renew the 0.25 mil property tax to support Michigan State University Extension that we first voted to collect 20 years ago. MSUE administers the Michigan 4-H programs, which are near and dear to my heart. I’ve ...

Thank you, MCHD

To the Journal editor: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to the residents of Marquette County is a Herculean task with many complex and detailed issues to address and coordinate, including organizing a system to get people scheduled, securing and storing the vaccines in the appropriate ...

Wolf hunt not needed

To the Journal editor: The discussion of opening a wolf hunt in Michigan has been proposed now that the former administration delisted wolves from the endangered species list in January of this year. It is illogical to host a hunt or even to begin planning a hunt in the same year the animal ...

Why we live here

To the Journal editor: We are now into spring in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a very nice winter, not a lot of snow and real cold weather. So that’s good news plus with Easter on April 4 is the good news of Jesus’s resurrection. A promise of a better life beyond this one in ...

Congrats given

To the Journal editor: Congratulations and great job to Deputy Keith Romback for 2020 Deputy of the Year. Deputy Romback drives a white sheriff’s car for the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. A big “hi” to Deputy Keith Romback from his buddy, Scott “Toots” Tuttila of Negaunee. ...

State was wrong on restrictions

To the Journal editor: In Michigan, our state stands apart from the others in two important ways in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is one of the strictest responses, meaning gathering limitations and business closures, among the 50 states. The second is the highest infection ...

Consistency needed

To the Journal editor: Politicians are not particularly known for their consistencies of belief, but the latest controversy of corporations speaking out and making business choices based on Georgia’s new voting laws is especially enlightening. While many have fought tooth and nail ...

Information offered

To the Journal editor: I am writing to correct some misinformation in a recent Letter to the Editor concerning the For the People Act which passed the House as HR1 and is now in the Senate as S1. The writer stated that “voter ID is not required.” That is incorrect. The same voter ID ...

Whitmer, Nessel off base on Line 5

To the Journal editor: Gov. Whitmer and her buddy, Attorney General Nessel, are at it again. These two women, pandering to their left environmental zealots, are still trying to get Line 5 shut down. It obviously doesn’t matter to them that they are wasting millions of our tax dollars, ...

Law would help environment, climate

To the Journal editor: I’m a retired meteorologist with two degrees in atmospheric science. The great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions (and other short-sighted, careless actions like widespread deforestation) are ...

Identification needed

To the Journal editor: This letter is in response to the article, “LWV supports Democracy Reform" by Darlene Allen, president of the League of Women Voters of Marquette County, posted in The Mining Journal on March 16. Yes, HR-1 bill will make our election system more accessible to all ...

Vaccinations handled well

To the Journal editor: I’m a senior citizen who recently received my first COVID vaccine shot. I received it at Northern Michigan University. I was so impressed by the way the procedure was handled. I was met at the door and I asked to use a wheelchair for support as I proceeded ...

Redistricting must be transparent

To the Journal editor: A transparent redistricting process in Michigan gives voters, instead of politicians, the power to choose who represents them. The League of Women Voters of Marquette County is working hard to ensure Michigan’s redistricting process is as transparent as possible ...

Ban voter restrictions

To the Journal editor: Some Michigan Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise Michiganders, but those most impacted will be middle and working class minorities and working class whites. I began working on voting rights issues in 1998 while a student at Saginaw Valley State University in ...

Hospital visit a positive experience

To the Journal editor: I had a recent visit to UP Health System-Marquette due to a bad case of atrial fibrillation and wanted to share my wonderful care from the emergency department. I was put in a room after about 10 minutes and had a wonderful experience with Dr. Amedeo Sturla and nurses ...

Vehicle sought in crash

To the Journal editor: I’m asking for the public’s help in identifying a person involved in a hit and run on Dec. 13, 2020 in North Lake Location. The vehicle is an older model white SUV, similar to a Ford Explorer, driven by a male. Damage would be on the driver’s side, front ...