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Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Letters 8/8/11

- August 8th, 2011
Scumbags of the North
Here’s to you, the filth of the north. You know who you are. The
unattended roadside fruit and vegetable stand thieves.
You pathetic cowards. How dare you vultures pillage from such trustworthy
people? What possesses you to snatch up an entire stand’s inventory
without leaving a single penny? I hope you do it to provide for your
family because you economically can’t afford to put food on the table.
How do you sleep at night? Do you toss and turn and wonder why? If some of
you are the unfortunate ones who have been stricken by this dismal economy
then I’ll spare you some regret. But, no matter how bad you think you have
it, I’m sure almost all of these farmers have it worse.
Do you have any idea what farmers have to go through, how much they have
to sacrifice, in order to produce any kind of profit? Maybe you should
visit one of the many local farmers’ markets held throughout the region
and inquire.
If you have any conscience at all I’m sure you’ll realize the mistake
you’ve made by depriving these farmers’ families an opportunity to earn
some kind of coin to support themselves. Hopefully, you’ll drive back to
the very stand (s) you stole from, beg for forgiveness and pay the hard
working, trusting people who unselfishly devout their whole entire lives
into producing food to nourish our communities, twice the amount of what
you so apathetically looted. And if you don’t, well I wish there will come
a day after you’ve spent weeks upon weeks suffering on your death bed and
at that very moment you’ll ponder your miserable existence and ask, “Why
me?”
And just then a montage of all the incomprehensible events that you’ve
per-formed in your spineless life will flash before you. Only to be
followed by you flatlining into the gates of hell allowing you all of
eternity to decipher if stealing from these farmers was an ethical
decision or not. After all, as bad as it seems at this point, it might
not be too late to redeem yourself.
...Or, you can just DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!
For whatever reason you have done this despicable act, just remember this.
The only thing we truly can control in life is our own conscience. There’s
no one else to blame but ourselves.

M.B. McGee • TC

Sick & tired
This is the most current response from my Republican state House of
Representative member. Keep pestering the hell out of them by being the
thorn in their sides since they are always saying that they don’t hear
anything from the majority of their constituents on the marijuana issues
except from the same few like myself.
I was actually told on the phone that they are getting sick & tired of
hearing from me on a daily basis! I told them that I didn’t care, was not
going to stop until they left us alone!
My Republican State Senator Darwin Booher, has never answered one of my
over 100 emails and snail-mails that I have sent since he took office, but
neither did former Republican State Senator Michelle McManus.
I call his office every morning and you can hear the contempt in their
voices that they have for me, as they tell me that I am THE ONLY ONE that
pesters them about marijuana issues and that Sen. Booher doesn’t believe
in it and thinks that people like me should be locked up. Well, that is
the only way that they will ever stop me from contacting them because I AM
NOT GIVING UP!!

Rev. Steven B. Thompson Michigan NORML • Benzie County

Local hero Joe Sarafa
One of the truly buried stories lost in the overkill of the debt ceiling
news is the disaster in rural North Dakota.
Our local Red Cross has sent people out to what is being described as a
major disaster for these people.
Joe Sarafa, owner of Crema in Traverse City and a local community
supporter of the Writers Series, a Safe Harbor volunteer, local attorney
and financial chairman of our local Red Cross, is there right now under
horrific conditions building shelters for the forgotten (as of this
moment) folks in North Dakota.
Let’s celebrate our local heroes and the amazing work the Red Cross and
its people do. Let‘s say thanks, because they will be there for us when we
need them. no questions asked

Louise Shomo • TC

Obama should take action
The President is faced with the situation where he seems to think he must
choose to undermine many of the social programs deemed essential by the
great majority of people in this country. He is threatened by those whose
stated goals are to prevent him from doing anything at all, along with
defeating him for reelection.
All this occurs when our social structures are of greater importance now
than in the past, since our people are split into the extremely rich and
an almost helpless majority of the middle class and failing poor.
In the 1933 Great Depression, President Roosevelt, despite opposition from
the legislature, took the reins into his own hands and constructed
agencies to remedy the problems of finances and unemployment. He created
and funded the Works Progress Administration, the Civilian Conservation
Corps and the National Recovery Organization by Executive Order. They were
generally deemed Constitutional and they worked.
Former President Clinton recently suggested that Mr. Obama, should follow
a similar course. Let the courts straighten it out, but get it done.
Mr. Obama must restore progressive taxation, preserve social programs and
reduce unemployment. He should use TARP funds that are still available
and redirect them for these purposes. If he doesn’t, and he is trapped in
proposed attempts to victimize the poor and middle class, tolerate
unemployment and not increase tax revenues, he will not be reelected.

Robert E. Marshall
Lake Leelanau

 
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