2014-02-06 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I have been a hunter in the Upper Peninsula for the past 60 years, so you might think that I know my way around the woods. I remember that back in the 60s and 70s we were very lucky to see a deer, let alone shoot a buck.

As the years progressed, the deer herd increased in size to a point that we were required to have doe permits.

Then in the 90s we suffered two very harsh winters, which took a large toll on the U.P. deer herd. Shortly thereafter, a new threat arrived on the scene, it was called the wolf. The wolf population has grown every year.

The wolf is afraid of nothing. I have witnessed wolves chasing deer to kill for food. Biologists put a figure of 17 to 35 deer per year is required for each individual wolf to survive. Deer are the number one food source for wolves.

Recently my grandson, while archery hunting from a tree stand, had to remain there for several hours because four wolves had surrounded him. Needless to say he was a frightened young man.

My nephew reported to me that while walking into their camp after dark had a weird feeling, when he turned around using his flashlight, two wolves were following him.

Wolves have been sighted in the street in towns such as Ironwood, Crystal Falls and Norway. I am grateful that I have no young children waiting at bus stops or walking to school. Wolves not only kill for food, but they kill just to kill.

With last year’s long winter and this year’s severe and the large population of wolves we have, I am hoping that we will have some sort of deer season in the near future.

We need to control the wolf population in the Upper Peninsula. This can only be accomplished by utilizing sound scientific management by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.

That is why I support the Citizens For Professional Wildlife Management petition drive to enact the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

This citizen initiative will ensure that fish and wildlife decisions can be made by the Natural Resources Commission using sound science, as well as provide free hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to active military members and fight Asian carp with an aquatic invasive species emergency response fund.

I’ve already signed the petition and I think everyone reading this should sign it also.

You can request on by emailing cpwm@mucc.org or by going to citizenswildlife.com.

Tony Demboski president

Upper Peninsula Sportsman


Dear Editor,

I would like to thank those who have been supportive of our new business, including our great crew, many of which are local residents. Our primary focus is the highest level of care for our residents.

We are successful business people with years of experience. We did our research and found that there is a need for Advanced Life Support. Do you think we would spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to open a business that we expected to fail? Would a bank back us financially if they expected us to fail?

To Mr. Golat’s comment “what will prevent us from walking away should we fail?” Maybe our financial investment? Strong ties to this community? Family? Integrity? Commitment to excellence?

The concern about losing “free” ambulance services for area events is unfounded. As business owners, it has been our intention all along to provide such services as a way to give back to our community. As for “free”, organizations may not be billed directly for those services but ultimately somebody is paying for it.

As to council member Vandegraf’s “internet research”, did your research come up with the fact that there is only one other government subsidized EMS service in the state of Michigan and it’s located in the city of Detroit, which is now bankrupt?

Did your research indicate that all other services in this state are privatized?

Because privately owned services have a higher success rate and government operated medical healthcare services repeatedly fail. Are you aware that Manistique EMS operated at a deficit of $56,187 last year?

That fringe benefits of $50,230 were paid in 2013? That payroll expenses were nearly double of that paid by any other equivalent EMS service? http://www.michigan. gov/ documents / t r easury/ 772010ManistiqueCi ty20131226_ 443813_ 7.pdf.

If Manistique EMS is a nonprofit entity, where are the funds coming from to finance this operation and its deficits? Where will the funds come from to upgrade their licensure with new equipment and personnel? You questioned whether “the city of Manistique would have to approach its citizens for a subsidy to keep Manistique EMS open”. Taxpayers again?

I am also offended by your remark that there is a high turn over rate of employees in privatized services leading to less talented, less familiar faces and that they have no stake in the operation and are there just to collect a paycheck.

Who are you to judge talent and expertise?

Paramedics are highly dedicated, highly trained, intelligent professionals. Your implication that private ambulance services tend to transport more patients in order to get paid even if it’s not necessary is ludicrous not to mention unethical and illegal.

Your final comment “I am all for growth but not at the expense of our citizens well-being and their safety” seems quite contradictory. By passing the ambulance ordinance, are you not effectively putting those same citizen’s wellbeing and safety in jeopardy by not having the highest level of emergency service available to them?


Tracy Keskimaki


Dear Editor,

I was at the city council meeting last Monday night and was astounded at how they came in with their minds already made up. Nobody had to make a comment because it didn’t matter.

Why didn’t they table it for two weeks and have a public comment meeting? That way the public could come ask questions of everyone involved, be more informed, instead of all the rumors flying around that are not totally true.

It’s too bad they had Mr. Keskimaki tried and bankrupted before he had a chance to even prove himself. They said he doesn’t have a stake in this, that he can pick up and leave anytime. What about all the money he has involved, his family and friends, and time he put in trying to make this happen?

They said they put a lot of research to prove it’s not feasible for Mr. Keskimaki to make it in business in Manistique. Do they think he woke up one morning and said I think I will start an ambulance service? He put in a lot of thought, and hours researching this.

I think highly of who give their time to volunteer. Public safety officers do a great job, but there are a lot of people in our community who volunteer also that don’t get any recognition.

What does that have to do with ambulance service?

I think the board ought to be ashamed of themselves, for not listening to the whole and listening to only a few. That’s when greed overcomes common sense.

Diane Baker


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