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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Letters 2/26/04

Various - February 26th, 2004
Year after year, the developmental boundaries grew; Crestview Plaza was erected. There was talk of the eyesore it had created on the lovely landscape outside of town. A few of the downtown stores became empty. Some were replaced with banks and offices. Some buildings were removed entirely.
Who could help but notice when a portion of Little Traverse Bay became obstructed by a new, taller medical building? That picture-postcard welcoming view had changed. Who notices that change now?
Familiar, family-run motels on our main corners are now ubiquitous chain drug stores. Our farmlands have become parking lots dotted with squares of commercial sameness. Can you recognize if you‘re in Petoskey, or Anywhere U.S.A.?
More downtown stores are gone. The empty storefronts represent the abandoned dreams of many people who once believed in our community. If you are distressed by the growth you have witnessed, you have the opportunity to promote the antidote to sprawl -- the infusion of life-giving commerce in our downtown.
If you long to restore what sets this community apart from so many carbon copy communities that do not have a viable downtown, please support the smart growth proposed for our downtown. The addition of housing, hotel, storefronts, service businesses, jobs and parking translates into new life blood for our downtown.
Walk the downtown streets. See how many businesses are gone or closed for the season. Talk to the business poeple that are still holding on, committed to maintaining our unique downtown character. We must have year-round visitors and our community‘s support of the downtown for it to continue to exist. Throughout our community, skylines have changed; the landscape has changed. We must work to promote and improve what sets Petoskey apart -- our downtown.

Mary Ellen Lapp • Petoskey

There‘s a difference

The President has accepted at least $6.5 million in funds bundled by
Washington influence peddlers last year alone, 10 times what Sen. Kerry
has accepted from lobbyists over 15 years.
The only way to eliminate special interest influence in the White House is to reform the presidential funding system, and move toward clean money elections.

MaryAlice Lynott • Kewadin


 
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