2017-04-20 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Mayor Jan Jeffcott recently forwarded an email to public safety that was originally sent out by Don Erickson. She said she didn’t like the comment about his smiling face being at a recent city council meeting because this is not a smiling situation.

Mayor Jeffcott is exactly right, this is not a smiling situation, but when you see or hear a good joke you usually smile or laugh. When I look at some members of the city council, I see a good joke and I laugh.

Apparently, Mayor Jeffcott never heard of the first amendment – free speech. If anybody read the email, nobody was threatened or attacked. If anybody is trying to use an intimidating tactic it is the mayor. If you don’t agree with my way of thinking, I will call or turn you in to public safety. If you raise your voice in opposition, I will call public safety.

The mayor goes on to say that the city council meetings are a meeting of an elected city council in public rather than public meetings. I think the mayor should read MCL 15.263 Section 3 and also Section 3 (5) which indicate that the public shall have the right to speak at these public meetings. Allowing the public to contribute to these meetings is not something they are doing out of the goodness of their hearts, it is the law.

There are many other inconsistencies to be noted. This is the same mayor and city manager that saw no problem with the former city attorney reviewing and approving contracts worth thousands of dollars (maybe millions) with a certain individual, even though they were business partners together. Apparently no conflict of interest there.

I have a memo dated Sept. 11, 2011, where the city manager sent a contract proposal to the city council stating that the city council had to approve this contract by Sept. 15, 2011. In this contract, it states that the city manager can only be dismissed or terminated (I hope they don’t send this to public safety) for just cause – which is in direct conflict with chapter 5 section 1(a) of the city charter that states the city manager shall serve at the pleasure of the city council.

Sure is nice to write your own contract. No conflict there either, I guess.

Could it have anything to do with political cronyism? I guess if you’re friends with the mayor, you can do just about anything you want. I think somebody should check into the legality of this. Remember, November is not that far away and as a fellow recently said, it’s time to drain the swamp.

This is not a threat to anyone, so no need for any visits from public safety.

Doug Erickson

Manistique

Dear Editor,

How fortunate you are.

Recently when traveling, we had the misfortune of having a serpentine belt break on our RV engine and to our good fortune, made it to the Sunoco station in Gulliver.

What do you do at 6:30 on a Saturday evening when all the stores and business are closed to get a replacement belt and have hopes of getting home that night?

First, a special thank you to Steve Rosebush of NAPA Auto Parts who came to open up the store and get us the belt.

Getting back to the RV we noticed we had also lost a pulley. A call to Burns Towing brought us the awesome crew of Ryan Burns and his dad. With their mechanical expertise, necessary parts and ability to brave the cold night, they had us up and running in a short time.

Then there was Christy, the manager on duty, at the Sunoco station who made us feel at home, gave us a place to park the vehicle, and gave us several names to call for assistance. Her professional, friendly attitude, and her praise for her local community of Gulliver was inspiring.

Yes, we made it home safely thanks to these individuals. Their friendliness, hospitality, work ethic, and professionalism sets the bar high for being a true American. You are very fortunate to have these individuals and businesses in your area. God Bless you all.

Bruce and Eileen LaLiberte

Niagara, Wis.

Dear Editor,

I am a former resident of Manistique and still have friends and relatives in Manistique.

The following is a story that would be of interest to those that knew me and those that helped in the location of my family.

Henry Joseph LaFave was born Sept. 28, 1939 to 17-year-old Geraldine Marie LaFave, a maid in the Shea household in Marquette. He was immediately placed in Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette.

He lived there for about four years when he was adopted by Nina and Bill McGlynn and renamed William J. McGlynn ... a name he retains today.

Bill’s adopted father died when he was 12 years old and his mother Nina was in poor health and died some years later. Nina made arrangements for Bill to go to the seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis.

After Bill had been there four years, the seminary came to the conclusion Bill was decidedly not priestly material, because he liked the church wine. Bill left the seminary.

The local Manistique funeral directors, Don Messier and Robert Broullire, took Bill in hand and helped him on the path to a more suitable future.

Bill entered Northern Michigan University and then on to the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and became a licensed funeral director before being drafted into the Army in San Antonio, Texas and Fort Ord, Calif.

After discharge from the U.S. Army, Bill worked at the Richard Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek for many years. At this point, he decided to go into sales where he became a very successful salesman.

His work at several companies was very rewarding and in particular at Basic American Food Co. His final move was to Heller Seasonings and at age 65 he retired. Bill then became president of U.S. Open Music Program for the next eight years, a very rewarding endeavor.

And so with the kind and capable assistance of JoAnne Swanson, Bill found four sisters and a brother all living in Racine, Wis. Bill reached out to them and the receptions was absolutely wonderful after 77 years and the calls, cards, and email started to flow.

A reunion of the long lost siblings is planned for July 2017 in Racine. So with all the years of searching finished, and the help of some wonderful Manistique people, and Marnie Hoezee at the Schoolcraft County Courthouse, a 77 year search has very happily and successfully been completed.

Thanks to all for the help and support.

Bill McGlynn aka Henry Joseph LaFave

San Ramon, Calif.

Dear Editor:

As a Manistique city councilman, I feel a special responsibility to the taxpayers of Manistique – as the former Chamber building lawsuit directly involves them. While it appears only one side of the lawsuit is out for public consumption, many are rightfully asking what’s going on?

I want to assure taxpayers that a substantial amount of money was donated to purchase the former chamber building. Furthermore, we believe we acted in the best interest of the community under competent legal counsel. As the facts of the case are presented – we have the utmost confidence the courts will render what’s in the best interest of our community.

I want to make clear that I will always make myself available to the city voters, as I work for them. Additionally, I want to assure city taxpayers that in the spirit of transparency all (city of Manistique) emails and relevant documents related to the lawsuit are available to them through the Freedom of Information Act.

What’s clear is the lawsuit is a shameful black eye on our community, while some are allowing their feelings to obscure the facts. I want to assure the voters that I take my duties very seriously, and would never act nefariously as alleged. Lastly, I want to thank the many wonderful people of Manistique and the business community who reached out to me with their continued support.

Sincerely,

Paul Walker

Councilman, City of Manistique

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