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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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Lost Lama

- September 8th, 2005
LOST LAMA: Members of TIBETmichigan have asked Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos to help find the missing Panchen Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.
Gedun Choekyi Nyima was born on April 25, 1989 and was officially proclaimed as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama, who died unexpectedly after delivering an anti-Chinese government speech. The young Panchen Lama is presently the youngest political prisoner in the world.
DeVos reportedly has many contacts with the Chinese government as a result of his business dealings there with Amway (now Alticor). Democrats have criticized him for outsourcing 1,400 Michigan jobs to China.
“You are in a special position to help locate and free the kidnapped Panchen Lama,” states an appeal from TIBETmichigan, which hasn’t had a response from the DeVos camp.

POT’S PECKING ORDER: TC’s Coalition for Compassionate Care circulated medical marijuana petitions in August for a ballot proposal on the next election. The ballot question asks whether lowest law enforcement priority should be given in TC for marijuana possession or delivery by caregivers; and possession, delivery or use by medical patients.

NMEAC (Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council) is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Oct. 28 at the Hagerty Center in TC. The watchdog group of citizen activists got its start in 1980 and has since been involved in virtually every environmental battle in the region, including the Crystal River controversy, Hartman-Hammond Bridge, Big Rock Nuclear Power Plant, and a failed plan for a mini-mall in downtown TC, among others.
 
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