2013-05-02 / Views

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor,

Clarification: A letter issued by the Schoolcraft County Commission on Aging and the Manistique Senior Center requesting a tax sharing agreement with the Downtown Development Authority was delivered by mail to Manistique City Hall on April 16. It was written on Schoolcraft County Commission on Aging/ Manistique Senior Center letterhead and was given its due attention. The center is governed by the above two boards.

Following my letter to the editor in last week’s issue of the Pioneer Tribune, I received a call from the center’s Executive Director Connie Frenette. She informed me that the Manistique Senior Center Board had decided to remain neutral on the issue of a tax sharing agreement with the DDA and shared that decision at the public hearing held by the city of Manistique April 22.

Rick Demers chairman of the Downtown

Development Authority

Dear Editor,

For centuries, marriages were private contracts between two families that may or may not have had the bridegroom or bride’s consent. Marriage was not only for procreation, but for also building financial, social and, in some cases, political alliances. When the state-run Church of England decided it wanted to have a say in approving marriage partnerships, laws regarding marriage licensing were established to ensure a level of control and source for revenues.

According to the North Carolina History project, in 1741, the state increased control over marriages, primarily to prohibit interracial marriages by issuing marriage licenses. By the 1920s, some 38 other states had issued similar laws in an effort to keep the white race “pure”. Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924 made it illegal for mixed-race couples to marry. The RIA remained law until 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court declared Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage unconstitutional.

So if marriage is only for procreation, does that mean everyone should be tested before they are granted a marriage license? If either party is unable to create a child, then they are not issued a license? Once married and you can no longer have children you must get a divorce. What about let’s have the government decide how many children we can have.

Marriage is, among other things, companionship and love.

Our feelings are better left to us, not the government.

Who someone falls in love with or chooses for a companion is their business.

Fifty percent of all marriages in America end in divorce and the percent are higher for the second and third marriage.

There is no viable study that shows children are better cared for in a house that contains a man and a woman.

Change the definition of marriage the sun will still rise and set.

Bill Anderson


Dear Editor,

Recently, the Manistique Senior Center has become part of the conversation regarding the ongoing Downtown Development Authority debate. Currently, the senior center takes no position in regard to the TIF Plan Amendment; furthermore we trust all involved will make the right decisions and changes that will benefit everyone.

Our mission at the center is to improve the quality of life for all senior citizens by promoting independence and opportunities for community involvement. Our success at the senior center has been made possible by the generosity of the city of Manistique, Schoolcraft County officials, Schoolcraft County taxpayers and the many folks who volunteer and work at our center.

We pride ourselves as your senior citizen one-stop resource center. We are so proud to offer a range of activities and programs for our seniors. We constantly evaluate our programs through input we receive from seniors. Plan a visit today! Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been coming for a while, you’ll feel like family.

Connie Frenette, director

Manistique Senior Center

Dear Editor,

Like columnist Lois A. Corcoran. I began making cards with my own sentiments. While online last month, I saw a site for collecting homemade cards for our military to choose from at worldwide locations. Now I’m making 4th of July cards (deadline May 30) which will be sent to overseas “heroes” to send home: only the front is decorated. There are specifics for making only A2 size cards; coloring sheets to download for kids (class, scout group project anyone?); and Any Hero letter/ card tips which safeguard creators’ privacy and give mail to those who receive little ... or none!

I’m so excited about this method of tapping my interest and skills that I hope to also make cards to thank our local veterans for their service by Memorial Day. Perhaps some readers would like to do the same locally and/or create for those now serving. Add to the 3 million already made in recent years by checking info at: www.operationwritehome.org

Vicki Hill,


Dear Editor,

What great performances, first our Manistique Community Orchestra and now Saturday and Sunday afternoon that featured the Emerald Glee Club’s (“On With The Show”) with special guests the Manistique Community Chorus. We are fortunate to have such great leadership and excellent performers. Events like the above indicates our community appreciates our local talent with the payback of large attendances at these performances.

We are indeed grateful to each of you for your rehearsal hours spent preparing for us.


Wilbur LaBar


Dear Editor,

I notice that the pretentious potentates trying to take our guns away are now trying to destroy our second amendment gun rights, and turn us into victims of criminals, by destroying our U.S. Constitution by organizing a U.S. Constitutional Convention, also known Con-Con, among our states. So, the subversive elements who hate our country will have a chance to gut the Constitution to pieces. Their efforts to destroy our country and our enduring Constitution, which has proven to be the most liberty-minded in history and has repeatedly saved our country from enemies throughout history. I wish to urge all Americans to contact their state representatives and say no to a Con-Con!


Ed Nemechek

Landers, Calif.

Dear Editor:

There are several children and adolescents that struggle with mental health issues all across our counties that we serve. It is important for them to have mental health resources available in our schools and in our communities. With more resources our children and adolescents will be better able to prevent the depression, crime, drug use, and suicide that can occur when children are denied help. Our young people need us to stand up and demand support for mental health services. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. We know it is important to teach kids to seek help for their problems and not be stopped by the stigma of mental health issues.

Kids need a safe place to go and talk about mental health issues and families need the support and resources to help their children. One out of five children and adolescents in the United States suffers from some form of mental illness. The majority will experience their first symptoms by age 14, but less than half will have access to treatment or professional help. Studies have shown that emotional problems decrease and attendance and grades increase for student populations when they have access to mental health services.

We feel it in important to raise awareness about suicide and mental illness in the communities we serve. May 9, 2013, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day and we urge our citizens and all agencies and organizations interested in meeting every child’s mental health needs to unite on that day in the observance of such exercises as will acquaint the people of counties with the fundamental necessity of a year-round program for children and youth with mental health needs and their families.

What can adults do to help a child who has experienced trauma? The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers these suggestions:

Maintain usual routines

Make sure that the child is not being isolated

Provide a safe place where the child can talk about the incident

Be sensitive to potential environmental cues that may cause a reaction (e.g., an approaching storm or the anniversary of an event)

Prepare the child in advance of a change in routine or other event that could be unsettling

Monitor what information the child shares with other children to prevent excessive curiosity from peers

Nurture the child’s positive selfview

Draw on cultural and familiar assets

With the support of caring adults, children can recover from traumatic events, reestablish a sense of well-being, and obtain treatment and other services if needed. Remember to hug your child and if needed, get them the help they need. Celebrate May 9, 2013, and support children’s mental health needs and their families.

Thank you,
Families First
Debbie Sirk, Families First
Emily Malcho, Families First
Goldie Allen, Families First
Penny Clark, Families First
Tracey Miller, Program

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