2013-01-24 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Schoolcraft County hasn’t always been my home, but I could not be more proud to call it just that, “home”. The outpour of donations, volunteers and concern for my sister, Grace Jones, during her battle with cancer, has made me realize just how lucky I am to have settled here. She has touched the lives of so many of you, and you all have shown how much you care for her. Thank you for that. Grace is the most generous person I know and I am so proud to call her my “Sister”. Thanks to every person who volunteered at her benefit.


Hope Helmus


Dear Editor,

Thank you for printing letters on opposing views as it pertains to responsible gun ownership. How many citizens have actually read the second amendment? It was written at a time when a one shot musket was in vogue, not military type assault rifles that hold 30 plus rounds

The Supreme Court commented on the second amendment saying that we could have a handgun in our homes for self protection.

The NRA exists for the purpose of selling guns-period. Just as the tobacco lobby exists to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, look what they have done for us.

The bottom line: President Obama ain’t gonna take ur guns.

Vic Hughson


Dear Editor,

I have owned rifles and shotguns since I was an adolescent and have gone hunting almost every year. Nothing in the proposed guncontrol legislation would prevent me from continuing to enjoy doing so.

It makes common sense to me to have a universal background check on gun buyers that purchase at gun shows, online arms stores and between private individuals. Currently, a giant loophole exists that allows any terrorist, convicted felon, or mentally ill individual to purchase a gun without any background check.

Congress needs to reinstate a ban on military-style assault rifles, and restore a ten round limit on ammunition magazines. I was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War and trained on the M-16. The civilian equivalent is the “Bush Master”. The type of rifle used in the horrific school shooting in Newton, Conn. A rifle firing so quickly that one little girl was shot 11 times. There is no reason to have this type of military weapon for private use in a civilized society.

Nothing in the proposed gun control legislation proposed by President Obama would have any effect on law abiding citizens who want a hunting rifle or a handgun to keep at home. The laws, if enacted, would not stop every mass killing. However, I firmly believe it would stop some. If it prevents only, how can Congress not act?

Richard Johnson


Dear Editor:

January is School Board Recognition Month – a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education.

Public Education is the backbone of American society, and local school boards are deeply rooted in U.S. tradition. It’s the foundation on which our democracy was built. Today, local school boards continue to do the most important work of their communities – that of educating our youth. They ensure that decisions on school programming are made by people we’ve elected to represent our community’s values, culture, and circumstances.

The staff and students of our district are asking all members of our community to take a moment and thank a school board member. We salute the public servants of the Manistique Area Schools whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public education possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Serving on the Manistique Board of Education: Rae Birr, Joan Brown, Amy Kraatz, Giannine Perigo, Ginger Stark, Gail Wood, and Tim Zellner.


Kathy McDonough


Manistique Area Schools

Dear Editor,

I am a grandma, a member of the NRA and I don’t hunt. The NRA is in place to protect our right to own a firearm if we so wish. This current president can pass all the laws he wants but it won’t stop gun crime. Because when you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. What happens if all guns are outlawed? Don’t you think it would be easier for the federal government to further control us. Other countries might find us an easy target with its citizens unarmed. In 1935 Adolf Hitler said “This year will go down in history, for the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration, our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future.” And this is what people want, I don’t think so. This is just another way for this current administration to control us and diminish our rights. Go NRA.

Becky Nelson


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