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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Federal Deficit

- July 21st, 2005
Federal deficit
on the decline

The federal deficit is $94 billion less than expected, boding good news for the nation’s economy, reports Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland).
A release from Camp’s office notes that the national deficit is $94 billion less than a forecast made in February and now stands at $333 billion, or 2.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is smaller than the deficits in 15 of the last 25 years as a percentage of GDP.
Camp credits Republican tax cuts as playing a role in generating better than expected revenues. He adds that nationally, the economy has created over 3.7 million jobs since May 2003, with job gains for each of the last 25 months and more Americans working than ever.
The numbers show the nation’s unemploy-ment rate fell to 5.0 percent in June, the lowest rate since September 2001, and lower than the average rate of the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
“Clearly we have more work to do in Michigan, but nationally we are back on track and moving full speed ahead,” said Camp, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee that was responsible for writing the tax cuts into law.
He adds that projections show the deficit will fall to $162 billion in 2009, or 1.1 percent of GDP.
“These numbers are only going to get better as Congress holds the line on spending,” Camp said.

New casino complex
planned in Petoskey

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are on a roll in Petoskey with plans for a new $197.4 million casino, hotel and entertainment complex which will replace Victories on U.S. 131.
To be located on a 97-acre parcel of land on Cemetery Road, south of Petoskey, the plan includes an eight-story hotel with 250 rooms and a rooftop restaurant. Every room will have a view of Little Traverse Bay or Lake Michigan.
The complex will include a 1,000-seat entertainment center for concerts, pow-wows, banquets and other events. Also in the works is a 300-seat buffet near the new casino, which will offer 1,500 machines. Currently, there are 1,100.
Tribal chairman Frank Ettawageshik said the project will be constructed over the next two years, with a groundbreaking to be held this summer.

Missy Kamyszek remembered through scholarship

The First Annual “Missy” Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser raised more than $23,000 at Magnum Hospitality restaurants in the region.
Missy Kamyszek was a manager at Red Mesa Grill Boyne City, whose life was tragically cut short last summer as the result of domestic violence. Scholarships will be awarded annually in her honor to area students enrolled in the NMC Culinary Program. Recipients will be culinary students who, like Missy, demonstrate a commitment to the spirit of ‘hospitality”.
On June 21, all four Magnum Hospitality restaurants hosted fundraising events. Magnum Hospitality’s goal of $10,000 was more than doubled.
Events at the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City and Traverse City, Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids and The Fish in Harbor Springs raised more than $23,000 to permanently endow the scholarship fund.
Magnum Hospitality donated $12,765, or 50% of its sales on June 21. Another $11,000 was raised through silent auctions and cash donations.
 
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