The Midland Daily News welcomes letters to the editor from people who live within our readership area. Letters provide a forum for the public to express their views. Letters should be short and to the point, and should not exceed 350 words. The paper will edit letters for length, conciseness and clarity. Letters should include the writer’s first and last name and hometown address and a way for the newspaper to contact the letter writer, preferably an email address or daytime telephone number, to verify the author and should there be a question about the submission. If a topic has been thoroughly debated in the letters column, subsequent letters will not be published if they do not add new information or ideas to the debate. Letters that are libelous, malicious, inaccurate, in bad taste, demonstrably false, contain conspiracy theories or those that make personal attacks on private or public people, will not be published. All submissions will be posted with a first and last name along with the city of residence of the author. Under most circumstances, authors will be limited to one published letter every three weeks. Letters that exceed the 350-word count and/or whose authorship cannot be determined will not be published. The deadline to submit Nov. 3 election letters will be 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Oct. 30 will be the last day election letters will be published. Letters can be submitted online at ourmidland.com or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the cutoff date for submitting election letters to the editor?
The deadline to submit Nov. 3 election letters is 4 p.m. Oct. 19.
When's the last day you will publish election letters?
Oct. 30 will be the last day election letters will be published.
How do I submit a letter to the editor?
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Where can I get more information about absentee voting?
The race for two trustee positions is contested between Lawrence Henry, R-Midland; Darla Rippee, R-Midland; and George Whittington, D-Midland.
Darla Rippee is a Midland Republican.
Lawrence Henry is a Midland Republican.
George Whittington is a Midland Democrat.
There are two statewide proposals on the ballot this election.
A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent. This proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks, and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000.
• Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund.
• Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement.
• Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation.
Should this proposal be adopted?
A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. This proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications.
• Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied on taxable property in the Delta College district (comprised of the counties of Bay, Midland and Saginaw), be increased by 0.50 mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for eight (8) years, from 2024 to 2031 inclusive, as a partial renewal of the 0.4864 mill previously authorized by the electors which expires with the 2023 levy plus new additional millage in the amount of 0.0136 mill, to provide funds for community college purposes? If approved, 0.50 mill would generate an estimated $5,705,218 for the College when first levied in 2024.