State Rep. Cam Cavitt, of Cheboygan, issued the following statement regarding a major fire at the Great Lakes Tissue Plant in Cheboygan on Wednesday that closed several roads and the lock on the Cheboygan River, while nearby residents were told to shelter in place through Thursday afternoon as environmental officials monitored local air quality:
“This is a major concern that should not be taken lightly. The Great Lakes Tissue Plant has been a staple in our community since the 1800s, employing thousands of Northern Michiganders and boosting the economy since it’s opening. I have spoken with local fire and police chiefs, along with city officials, and I’m relieved to hear no mill employees or firefighters have been injured.
“The destruction of this building is tragic. I thank all of our first responders and emergency personnel who rushed to the scene to help put out the fire and mitigate as much damage as possible, while making sure the mills’ hard workers and local residents were safe. Your heroic efforts and tireless work will not be taken for granted.
“I currently don’t have any more knowledge other than what has been reported in the news. I will continue to closely monitor this ongoing situation. If I receive any developments, I will make sure to keep the public and my constituents updated. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns.”
“MPSC made the right call today, but it doesn’t excuse the overzealous effort to delay and kill the Enbridge proposal,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “The operation of Line 5 is essential. The pipeline supplies more than half the propane used in Michigan. Enbridge is one the largest taxpayers in Cheboygan County. Without Line 5 tax revenue, entire school districts would be forced to close.”
“Michigan residents deserve more than what Democrats delivered in their financial disclosure package. I voted yes because the legislation is a step in the right direction. I’m just disappointed the step had to be so small. Transparency is important to me and every other Michigan resident. Forcing a 3 a.m. vote was irresponsible and exactly what we’re trying to get rid of.”
“When they’re in the freezer, all deer look the same,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “Hunting is about more than finding the biggest buck. Michigan has too many deer. We hunters need to step up and look past trophy bucks to help manage the population.”
“Parental rights are key to a successful education system,” said Cavitt, R-Cheboygan. “Families should have complete access to the materials taught in school. Transparency guarantees our kids aren’t hit with radical ideas outside the scope of a normal education.”