I'm disappointed more people didn't vote in Michigan's primary | Letters to the Editor

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Voting should be like an oil change

As I looked at the participation of the Michigan presidential primary this year, I saw 400,000 fewer people voted this year than in 2020. ("Michigan 2024 presidential primary results: 5 takeaways," Detroit Free Press, Feb. 28.)

I also found through my research that typically during an election year, only 32% of people pay attention to national political news.

However, at any given time, you can hear side conversations about politics and how things can or should be.

How can the government work for those who don't voice their opinions by electing a voice for their concerns? If you don't say what you want, should you expect someone to know? If you don't work to get what you want do you deserve anything other than what you get?

I look at government as a functioning entity, therefore it has to be dealt with, worked with and needs attention. I pay attention to when my oil needs to be changed. I understand if I don't care for what I own, it won't last or possibly work.

Is the government any different? We have people who aren't representing us, don't understand our issues and won't or can't work to resolve them.

I however cannot personally put all or even most of the blame on those elected.

When we don't research and educate ourselves to know where our elected officials have voted or stood on issues that's on us. When we allow representatives to take credit for bills, they voted against or brag about how they care about us yet worked to prevent us from being taken care of, it is on us.

I hope to see more people get registered to vote, do some research and not just read one liners and headlines but actually research, get educated and then vote. I hope people will think about the issues that matter most to them and then put in some effort before voting.

Remember this, you can ignore and not participate in elections, but those elections will elect people who will make decisions that will directly affect your lives.

William Anderson

Cooks, Michigan

A "vote here" sign is posted outside Newaygo city hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Newaygo, Mich.
A "vote here" sign is posted outside Newaygo city hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, in Newaygo, Mich.

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Democrats properly represent Black Detroiters

I read the opinion piece by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans with interest. ("Warren Evans: Biden is trailing in Michigan polls. The party must engage Black voters." Detroit Free Press, March 4.) In it, he complains that the interests of Black voters are not considered by the Democratic Party except every four years. He gives no examples of how Black voters are ignored and does not acknowledge that the head of the Michigan Democratic Party is Black, as is the lieutenant governor.

I'd be curious as to what programs the Democrats advocate for don't benefit Black voters. It is obvious that Democrats favor programs to end discrimination, lower health care costs, guarantee access to the polls and abortion. What else is missing?

He complains that there are no Michigan Black representatives in the U.S. Congress. But that was the product of a terrible Black turnout in Wayne County coupled with the failure of Black political leadership to unify behind one Black candidate.

Robert Gilbert

Lake Lelanau, Michigan

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Water program is too expensive

Michigan wants to charge every homeowner a $2 a month fee for the privilege of having a water meter.

("Metro Detroit cities, townships at odds over $2 water bill monthly fee," Detroit Free Press, Feb. 6. )

Senate Bill 549 was introduced by Senator Stephanie Chang. The proposed $2 a month fee would go towards funding an affordability program to help low income residents throughout the state. Low income families having issues with water leaks would also qualify for up to $2,500 in plumbing repairs. Currently, this bill sits in the Senate Committee on Housing and Human Services.

We already have programs to help with water bills and this is just another scheme for the state to suck more money from Michigan homeowners.

Please contact your state rep and tell them to vote no on this ridiculous bill.

Gerry Bissi


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Greenhouse gas emissions needs more attention

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our country. Carbon dioxide emissions are at an all-time high, and we are already feeling the impacts. ("Detroit reaches 73 degrees, sets new record for high temperature in February," Detroit Free Press, Feb. 27.)

Greenhouse gas emissions are some of the biggest contributors to climate change. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., making up 29% of total emissions in 2021.

The electric power sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. based on a 2021 study. This is why we need to switch to renewable energy for both electricity and transportation. Making these sectors cleaner and greener would put us leaps ahead of where we are now in terms of lowering our emissions, and tackling climate change. I am personally really excited about the transition to using solar and geothermal energy to power our homes and switching to energy efficient appliances in our home. They will pave the way to a cleaner future.

President Joe Biden needs to include bold climate action in his plans for the coming year.

Jeana Marquardt

Commerce Township

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Help patients across the state and support drug legislation

As a doctor, I support legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board in Michigan. ("Prescription drug affordability board proposal passes Michigan Senate," Detroit Free Press, Oct. 4.)

Doctors and patients across the state support such a board to set upper payment limits on life-saving prescription drugs and hold Big Pharma accountable for their price gouging. Six other states have created their own prescription drug affordability boards which are starting their work to rein in out-of-control drug prices.

The Michigan Senate has already passed Senate Bills 483-485 to create this board in our state, and now it’s time for the Michigan House to do the same.

The voices against this legislation are coming from Big Pharma, which tells us all we need to know. By taking action here in Michigan, lawmakers can help patients like mine, and patients across the state, better afford and access the medications they’ve been prescribed.

Allan Wilke


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