2013-08-08 / Views


Dear Editor,

The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance, the voice of the U.P. hunters, fisherman, trappers and other outdoor people find it very disturbing that our local newspapers are receiving letters to the editors from people as far as California, attempting to cloud the minds of our residents, our Michigan legislators and the Department of Natural Resources with information on wolves that is deceiving and inaccurate.

According to DNR experts in other states, Michigan has one of the best wolf management programs that currently exist in the United States. This plan had to be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Division before the wolves could be removed from the endangered species list.

The HSUS in 2010 raised close to 150 million dollars in revenue. They are a tax free non-profit organization. They only spent one percent on animal shelters. Where did they spend the rest? They are limited as to how much they can spend on political lobbying.

We would give a second thought when it comes to making a donation to the HSUS. They were successful in stopping the Dove hunt in the Lower Peninsula. Now they are after the wolves. Soon it will be to stop all hunting and fishing in the state of Michigan.

The tradition of hunting, fishing and trapping has been a way of life passed down by our forefathers since the existence of the United States of America.

Do not let our heritage and rights be destroyed by the HSUS.

Tony Demboski president, UPSA

Dear Editor,

I am writing to thank everyone who has made it possible to have a school band program in Manistique again.

Thank you to the administrators, particularly Mr. Shiner, who worked very hard to find a way to do this. A big thank you is owed to our entire school board for all of the extra work they did to bring band back. An extra thank you to Ginger Stark who has, for several years, brought regular reminders to the board, staff and community of the broad positive impact that music education has on all of education

Thank you to the teachers who have also worked with the board and administration to find a way to fit band back in.

A sincere word of appreciation to the students, staff, parents and other community members who have shown their support for band by contacting the board and administration, by rejuvenating the band room, and by volunteering to lead/participate in other music opportunities these past two years.

Restarting a band program will not be easy, but it will be good and worth it. I encourage everyone to continue supporting band in whatever way that may suit them.

Do you or did you play and instrument? Offer to assist a beginner (or ask a student to help you re-learn). Attend concerts. Lend a word of encouragement to a student who may feel frustrated with their instrument. If you have an unused instrument, see if there may be a student that you could loan it to.

Band is a school activity that can truly give back to the community in many ways. Let’s continue working together as a community to ensure a growing school music program offering opportunities to a growing number of our students. Music has something to offer everyone!


Heidi Troyer


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