2012-08-09 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Meet us at the flag pole!

A group of local citizens are meeting at the Triangle Park across the street from the Post Office in Manistique, every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to pray for our country and sing patriotic songs.

The group believes that prayer for our country and its leaders is essential in this difficult time for the United States. The United States has always been a “beacon on a hill”, giving hope and opportunity for those seeking a life of freedom and prosperity. It seems more and more that our Country is blending with Global interests that do not include belief in the Christian foundation of our country.

The Holy Bible says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” and, “If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” It seems Christianity is under enormous attack from secular elements in our society, trying to remove all reference to God and God’s word from our culture.

The theme of the group is:

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

The meeting is nondenominational and non-political. The group is inviting all to come and join in on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Prayer is powerful and multiplies with those who participate.

Ken Burgin


Dear Editor,

Last evening or morning, some one who doesn’t like democrats, stole my Obama sign from my front lawn. The sheriff department was called. They said they would call the state police because they didn’t have a car available. No one showed up. So what I’ll do is offer a $50.00 reward for the name of the thief. By the time this gets in the paper, the thief will have bragged to someone.

When I went to Cass Tech my teachers told me I had a gift for explaining myself. I hope they are right.

I am not impressed with the police and judicial system here in Schoolcraft county. I think there is a lot of hanky panky going on at the court house.

There is a system for finding out things on police reports. Its called the Freedom of Information Act. F.O.I.A.

If one had an incident where a police report was needed – if you wonder what was done to solve your problem – go to the sheriff’s department, state police, prosecutors office or clerks and request a copy of the investigation. It costs a small fee but believe me, its well worth it.

Kind regards

Richard W. Hughson


Dear Editor:

Here we are one year later and Manistique Papers (MPI) is a survivor! As we mark one year (Aug. 5, 2011) since Manistique Papers announced it was closing, we remind ourselves the economic after effects of the closing would have struck deep and would linger for years. The loss of 150 jobs in Schoolcraft County would be devastating and in contrast this would be the equivalence of losing 40,000 jobs in counties like Wayne County based on the population and income ratios.

The resilience of our community became quite apparent; shortly after the closure announcement many people pulled up their bootstraps and began the arduous task to find a viable solution. The first objective would be to prevent our lifeblood from being scrapped out to the highest bidder. After much toil and commitment and less than two months after the closure, a deal was struck and Manistique Papers re-opened and the process began to finish the bankruptcy proceedings and to find a buyer.

While there were many key players who helped save Manistique Papers, I think it’s important to recognize MBank of Manistique, Gov. Rick Snyder (who personally came to Manistique) and State Sen. Tom Casperson. MBank bought Manistique Papers existing loan from RBS Citizens for $6.8 million and sold $2.5 million to the MEDC-Michigan Business Growth Fund. Gov. Snyder then directed officials from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) to approve a loan of up to $5 million for Manistique Papers, through the Michigan Business Growth Fund Loan Participation Program. I think it’s fair to say without MBank, Gov. Snyder, and Sen. Casperson Manistique Papers would be still closed today.

So here we are! Almost one year later and Manistique Papers has emerged from bankruptcy, and Manistique Papers has new owners, Watermill Group and Future-Mark Papers. We are so proud to hear that Manistique Papers has recently hired several new employees; indeed the future of Manistique Papers appears much brighter today. So with the good news, we are pleased to announce Gov. Rick Snyder will tour Manistique Papers on Aug. 13 at noon. At approximately 12:30 p.m., Gov. Rick Snyder will hold a “Town Hall Meeting” at Manistique Papers with the general public invited to attend. We are also pleased to announce State Sen. Tom Casperson and U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek will be in attendance.


Paul Walker

Chairman Schoolcraft County

Republican Party

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