2013-10-17 / Views


Dear Editor,

Today I received a letter from the Committee to Preserve Social security and Medicare.

If we don’t act immediately our Social Security payments will be stopped as soon as next month because of the debt ceiling. As you know, the government borrowing limit is about to default! If the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the Treasury Department will run short of money and that includes Social security.

Because of the default, it will not be allowed to access the $2.73 trillion in the Social security fund.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, “All payments across the government, including Social security would be at “risk” so would Medicare and Medicaid.

Many in Congress will see the debt fight as an “opportunity” to cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid!

We must tell them to stop playing Russian roulette with our benefits, retirements and savings.

We must write our representative or go on the computer and tell them we will not stand for this!

Marilyn Burton


Dear Editor,

On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center I would like to thank the following coordinators and organizations for hosting blood drives in the month of September: Phyllis Burge, Lila Panek and the Amity Group; Allison Jones, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. As a result of their efforts we collected 48 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all of the community members for taking the time to give the “gift of life.” Thank you for supporting your community blood center.

Sallie Coron, BS

Public Relations coordinator of Blood


U.P. Regional Blood Center

Dear Editor,

For those who were unable to attend the Sunday Manistique Community Chorus, you missed another great musical performance at the High School. Also, this event was dedicated in honor of Dorothy Hoholik who gave so much to others and our community.

We will be looking forward to another of your performances. Thanks.

Wilbur LaBar


Dear Editor:

It has been often said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results. That very sentiment appeared to ring true a few months ago when our very own Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility was seeking funds from the county to keep their doors open.

Much has changed recently with the changing of leadership, operational, and budgetary procedures. StaffatMCFhastakena5percent to 7.5 percent pay cut – all in the true spirit of shared sacrifice in trying to keep our facility open.

The wonderful staff at MCF have moved forward, very proud of their 50 years of caring for our community, with the most important goal in keeping the highest level of care earning them a “5 Star Facility”.

The Schoolcraft County MCF brings approximately 120 jobs to the community with an annual payroll of nearly $4 million, with operational expenditures (based on 2012 figures) of $7.6 million.

The loss of 120 jobs may result in many MCF employees of having to start over, possibly leaving the area in the process of finding a new job in the medical field.

Furthermore, the loss of revenue would have devastating financial consequences for Schoolcraft County and the Manistique Community.

Local businesses, Manistique Area Schools, and the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (just to name a few) would suffer additional losses at a time when financial resources are limited.

The very thought of moving our loved ones out of the area to other facilities may prove emotionally devastating and will have untold consequences.

It’s fair to say our loved ones may not be treated as well because it’s just a job to other facilities – whereas here we are all family. In our community – nearly everyone knows somebody that lives or works at MCF, reinforcing the idea that our loved ones receive the best possible care with dignity. Most will agree that we need to keep long term care available locally, as MCF offers many services from a well planned activities program – to rehabilitation therapy to promote functional outcomes for residents.

Please consider joining me in voting “yes” for the MCF millage proposal on Nov. 5, and let’s keep our loved ones home.


Paul Walker


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