To the Journal editor:
Small business is the backbone of America and there are many such efforts throughout the Upper Peninsula. Mine is one of those efforts. Small business has many different store or office fronts and hires a few to many employees; what we all have in common is that we support each other and our community.
We do this by keeping our money local buying from each other, gas, groceries, hardware, cars and trucks and so much more. We love where we live and love our families and churches. Many of us give our time and earnings back to our community by volunteer work and sponsorships.
But things don't always go great and from time to time one or more of us will find ourselves in a bureaucrat "red tape" jam. Well, that is just what happened to me this last year. I found myself (again) facing off a local Federal Agency who wanted to put some immediate stop action to some of my business activity; if allowed it would have caused a 45 percent loss of revenue.
I called our Congressman, Dan Benishek, and as quick as I could blink, his office was on the phone with local rangers to put into motion a workable compromise. Without Dan Benishek and his very capable staff, I really don't think the solution would have been one that worked favorable for my business and agreeable with the federal agency goals.
Our Congressman understands that business, not matter big or small, even very small, are all important to our economy. He also understands that property rights, which are part and parcel to our business, holds up and gives strength to all other Constitutional rights.
Dan Benishek has proven to be a very good Congressman and an excellent representative to our interests; he deserves our vote that will return him to D.C. to build on that which he has already gained for the 1st Congressional District. In my house we are voting, Dan Benishek for Congress.
Kathy Stupak-Thrall, Ben Thrall
Foxes Den, Crooked Lake