2013-11-14 / Views


Dear Editor,

The First World War, also referred to as the Great War, ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of November. Armistice Day, which was celebrated through the 1930’s, recognized the veterans of the First World War. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day by the Eisenhower Administration to recognize all who had served.

At nearly 680,000 strong, our state has the 11th largest veteran’s population in the United States. Of that, about one in three served before the Vietnam War and one in three served after the Vietnam War. Each year, thousands more return to Michigan from service in our Armed Forces. Currently about 17 percent of our service personnel are woman.

Governor Snyder has made Michigan veterans a significant priority by creating the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to gain state accreditation and standardizing the veterans’ disability claim application to reduce VA backlog. The state is also making strides to help local agencies coordinate veterans’ services.

As we remember those who served or are serving, please encourage them to review their benefits. Many of our mature veterans may qualify for Veteran’s Pensions or Aid and Attendance. Vietnamera veterans often qualify for Disability Compensation because exposure to dioxin or Agent Orange. Recently discharged veterans can qualify for a variety of benefits, including healthcare, education and hiring tax credits. More information may be found at Michigan.gov/veterans.

Thanks to all for their service!

Jason Allen senior policy advisor

MI Veterans Affairs Agency

Lansing, Mich.

Dear Editor,

The “wolf plan” is the wildlife management equivalent of trying to put lipstick on a pig. No matter how they dress it up, it’s still a pig.

According to the apparatchiks in the DNR, they will only consider public wolf hunts for conflict resolution, not for recreation. I guess they don’t want hunters and trappers to have any fun.

The problem is they are trying to reconcile science with emotion. It cannot be done. The limited wolf hunts scheduled for this fall are meaningless because they fail to address the overall problem. These hunts are an admission that their policy of using non-lethal control measures and responding to depredation complaints as substitutes for active management, is not working.

That constitutes management malfeasance because the plan conflicts with the provisions of the constitutional amendment approved by the voters in 1996. It mandates that game species be managed using sound science to the greatest extent practicable.

Potentially, that could be grounds for a legal challenge by disaffected stakeholder groups.

This politically motivated decision making ignores the fact that sportsmen and women pay for wildlife programs and we are entitled to reap the benefits. They are spending our money on this program whether we like it or not.

They never asked us if we approve of doing so or if this is an appropriate use of our license dollars. It’s “big brother” knows best.

Like coyotes, wolves are prolific and intelligent and are all but immune to overharvest. Ontario, Canada has long wolf seasons and liberal regulations. Most of their harvest is taken in the winter months with the use of snares. Michigan could learn from them.

Last, but not least, it is simply amazing how much unsolicited advice we are getting from all over the country. The letter writers, particularly from urban areas, think they have the right to tell us what to do. These folks reach into their vast fund of ignorance to expound authoritively on a subject they know little or nothing about.

I have news for them. We Yoopers are perfectly capable of handling our affairs without interference from outsiders. We recognize that the grey wolf is here to stay and that it’s imperative for us to figure out a way to live with them.

As for the know-it-all outsiders, we understand that wolves are best appreciated from a distance.

John Hongisto

Deerton, Mich.

Dear Editor,

I believe that to maintain sanity and comfort during these extremely chaotic times, the solution can be found by trying to understand “the enemy”, to see what makes him tick, and from there, a reasonable approach can be taken to overcome the problem.

This has become extremely difficult in the past few years since many liberals have succeeded in their efforts on so many levels.

Most Americans seek meaning in their lives not through government but through their families, their friends, and their churches and synagogues. But, in the past few years, we have seen an all-out assault on American spiritual and religious heritage, unlike anything we have seen before.

Thankfully, it appears this doctrine appears to be selfdestructing before our very eyes. America is still a god-fearing nation. We have seen America is a truly compassionate country. But what is the thinking out there that is trying to erode this?

Let’s look at some ideas:

1) Liberals seek power over the people because they are too incompetent to think logically for themselves.

2) Liberals seek the erosion of individual responsibility, “the state knows what’s best for you”.

3) Liberals feel good with wealth redistribution.

4) Liberals feel affirmative action or the establishment of “a quota system” is the solution to many problems.

5) Big government is what is best, to take care of you.

These are some of their basic principles.

They believe the break-up of the American family is caused not by degeneration of our society’s moral and spiritual fabric, but by the free market and the individual struggle for material success. The things they see as solutions to our problems are what most Americans see directly as the problem.

We have seen that it doesn’t take “guts” to become a liberal. It’s one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make in life. It “feels good” to show compassion and just say yes to everything, except cutting spending and downsizing government.

This is evidenced by our programs such as welfare, massive bailouts and handouts, and all the entitlements that create dependency on the government.

In every instance, the price of liberalism is the loss of liberty. But we are witnessing the decline of this nihilistic doctrine through ironically the famous Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”.

We finally have a program that has deleterious personal effects on millions of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, and it is hurting where it hurts most, in the “pocket book”.

This certainly has garnered the attention of even the leftist media and I predict this will finally lead to the erosion of massive liberalism and its harmful effects on our society.

Phillip Krumm

Johannesburg, Mich.

Dear Editor,

May I refresh everyone’s memory about the construction and ownership of the Manistique Area Senior Citizens Center since there has been so much interest in this subject?

In 1977 when I was the director of the center there was a Title III grant available through the Michigan Commission on Aging and given out by UPCAP for the purpose of construction of one Senior Citizens Center in our region. One qualification was an existing building must be renovated.

I wrote the grant and our center competed, with all of the other centers in the U.P., and was awarded it, not only because it was well-written and documented, but because of our extensive services and participation.

After looking at vacant stores and buildings I saw the DNR garage and office with a fine parking area standing empty.

I contacted Mac Frimodig, from the Marquette District DNR office and told him our intentions. He thought it would be a wonderful ides and would do the DNR proud to have a beautiful edifice constructed on its site. He said there were two interested parties also in this property, but he would do what he could do to see that we were the recipient.

We got the land, but the DNR said that we needed a public entity to own the building. The county told me that they were not interested in owning more buildings and the city said they would take it in name only and lease it back to the center.

A little over $124,000 came from the state in a grant and the people of our county donated $70,000 to construct the center. Not one dime came from our county or city.

I had such wonderful support from both our city and county when I was the director. There was no bickering or hostility.

The city mowed our lawn, shoveled the snow and did minor repairs. The county gave us a large number of CETA workers and gave us generous yearly funding from their budget.

They both embraced us and were so happy that we had a center who served our whole area.

Now when I see the turmoil one county commissioner is causing the center, my heart is grieved. When the people of Schoolcraft County voted for millage for the Manistique Area Senior Citizens Center, there were no provisions on what the money was to be used for.

It is used mostly for salaries and services. The Commission on Aging is a dedicated board seeing that all the monies are wisely budgeted and spent. Nothing is wasted on frivolous items.

A county commissioner has no authority whatsoever to tell the Aging Board how to spend their tax money. When the county and city attorney have given an opinion that what the center is doing is entirely legal, what right has the commissioner got to dictate his demands?

Also, the county charges the center $14,000 yearly to do their payroll and other vouchers – approximately $70,000 for five years that the millage is levied.

Nice amount.

Eileen E. Males – St. Onge


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