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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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Supreme Women

George Foster - October 6th, 2005
First Lady Laura Bush was only partly right when she suggested the next Supreme Court justice should be a woman.
Come on, Mr. President. The U.S. has nine justices that serve on the highest court in the land. After Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement, one woman remains. The fact that only two females have served in over two hundred years of Supreme Court rulings is shameful. Hundreds of male justices have been confirmed, but only two women?
The best solution is to appoint women for the next four openings on the bench. A five to four majority favoring female justices would help make up for past discrimination. The following are my choices for the next four Supreme Court vacancies.
Anita Hill. You may still remember Justice Clarence Thomas and Hill’s famous confrontation before the Senate committee that originally held hearings on his nomination. Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment in the work place while Thomas could remember none of it. Supporters of each accused the other of pathological lying. Who was telling the truth? Anita Hill’s confirmation would assure us of one honest African-American on the bench. Hill’s place on the court would also provide guarantees that minimal porn would be circulated among the justices in the future.
Ann Coulter. With a law degree from the University of Michigan and a resume of impressive legal credentials, Coulter became famous after writing four best-selling books that prove liberal Americans are traitors. Coulter has the necessary conservative agenda (and then some) to appease right-wing pundits but might need a little refresher course in history. I actually heard her refer to Alexander Hamilton as a past president – Alan Dershowitz gently corrected her during a TV debate.
Hillary Clinton. The Senator from New York would make a wonderful Supreme Court Justice. She is a brilliant attorney and has earned bi-partisan respect during her one term in office for hard work and dedication to the job. Clinton’s nomination to the court would eliminate accusations from the Democrats that the Bush administration is only interested in putting Nazi-types on the court. The most obvious reason for her selection, though, would be to eliminate Ms. Clinton from contention for the presidency. Many Republicans and Democrats would love to see her out of the picture in order to serve their own presidential aspirations.
Anna Nicole Smith. I’m not kidding. The former Playboy Playmate and topless dancer will soon be attending a U.S. Supreme Court hearing with her attorney Howard K. Stern (you couldn’t make this up). The highest court has agreed to hear Smith’s case relating to her inheritance of $474 million from her deceased ex-husband who was 73 years her senior. Smith’s experience in the court system and ability to attain a law degree overnight from any number of mail-order universities should make her an attractive candidate to liven up that stuffy bunch of eggheads.
By the time you read this, President Bush will hopefully have nominated a female to replace Justice O’Connor. It had better be a woman or he has some serious questions to answer from the chief justice of his private domain: Mrs. Bush.
 
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