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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Bush made me do it

Jeff Gibbs - September 29th, 2005
Recently, I learned a horrible secret: George W. Bush is to blame for global warming. It’s Bush’s fault your basic hurricane, which used to destroy, say, “a city,” n dismantles parts of three states and a federal agency in a single day. I mean, most Americans are against global warming, are pro-environment, and worship a guy whose only possessions were sandals and a robe. Someone must have brainwashed us into our energy-intensive, planet-destroying lifestyles and I think it was Bush.
Looking back, I am sure it was him that tricked me into trading my 1984 Honda Civic (45 mpg) for a minivan, then convinced my entire family to buy SUV’s. My poor mom! And I am equally sure it was Bush who grabbed the NO BLOOD FOR OIL signs from the hands of my protestor friends and forced them to fly to Ireland, Peru and India for “enlightenment.” How else do you explain liberals so cavalierly using so much of the stuff they loathe?
And remember George’s “missing” years in the ‘70’s? He was actually perfecting his Vulcan mind-meld and using it to making whites move to the suburbs to get away from black people; then making them move even farther out to get away from other white people. Yes, Bush’s brainwashing is the reason we now drive six miles for a gallon of milk and 60 miles to work. Once we were out in exurbia, the evil “W.” then hypnotized us into building plastic McMansions with four-car garages and filling them with cars for mom, dad, and the kids, riding lawnmowers, snowmobiles, power-boats, four-wheelers, weed-whackers and leaf-blowers. The horror!
But the greatest demonstration of the powers of Bush was when he telepathically forced President Bill Clinton to look the other way while auto companies went back to making cars with the fuel efficiency of a 1964 Cadillac, then forced Clinton to sign the global trade agreements (GATT, WTA, and NAFTA) that vastly accelerated our pillaging of the planet. W.’s next move was convincing the American public that the resulting economic boom was something “we deserved”-- and might just go on forever! Bush psyched us into thinking our riches came from “visualizing abundance” or “playing the market” instead of taking resources (like oil) from and enslaving (oops, I mean hiring) very, very, poor people to make stuff for us. Genius!
Even today there is little doubt it is evil George that keeps Americans watching “The Sopranos” on big-screen TVs, running air-conditioners day and night, and charging cell phones, iPods, and laptops incessantly so that more and more coal has to be burned to keep the electricity flowing -- making the planet ever more hotter and storms like Katrina ever more likely.
It MUST be George making us do it. Otherwise, now that we have seen on our big American televisions the living hell that is global warming courtesy of Katrina, we would be willing to give up a few things to stop using so much of the oil, coal and gas that causes it. Right?
But relax, don’t worry. If we all die a miserable death, it will be Bush that made us do it.


 
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