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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Letters 5/3/07

- May 3rd, 2007
Give teens some Space
This is regarding Bonnie Szydlowski’s letter to the editor published in Northern Express Weekly on April 12, and Rick Coates’ article on Internet bullying published March 22.
In her letter, Szydlowski is concerned with the fact that friends of MySpace users are able to send comments or messages, and write bulletins in the Myspace user’s name. I know from using MySpace, that if you are using the site wisely, it is possible to keep a password or email safe from other users. If concerns arise about other people doing things in somebody’s name, then it is the fault of the user for giving out the password.
I’m concerned about how parents view Myspace. It is possible to keep each profile private and allows access only to friends of the user, and to filter who becomes a friend. It isn’t a good idea for users to accept friend invitations from those whom they don’t know. It is also possible for any user to report indecent photos to MySpace. They are then deleted, and the user who posted them is warned.
Szydlowski also suggests that parents get more involved in their children’s lives by becoming their MySpace police. In her letter, she suggests parents read everything posted by or to their teen, along with providing a personal phone call and credit card number before allowing an account. This is impractical (especially about the personal phone call) and downright nosey.
I can see the concern for children, but as people grow into their teenage years, they grow up and need a personal life of their own. My friends and I don’t post bad messages about each other, but I still wouldn’t like my parents to read every conversation that goes on. I believe that the majority of teens are able to handle their own lives in this respect, and that if they are irresponsible about their use of MySpace, then things like Internet stalking and bullying are bound to come their way. I hope that all parents will be able to trust their kids online, and not have to monitor every step of their growing lives.

Molly A. Willette-Green
• Interlochen

Autism & vaccination
I found the article about autism interesting because evidence of a direct link between childhood vaccinations and autism was not mentioned. The children who develop autism are diagnosed with this disorder after they are vaccinated. Another interesting fact is that Amish children do not develop autism, nor are they vaccinated:
“I’ve been working with Amish people since 1980 and since early ‘99 I have been in a high concentration of health work with the Amish. I just came back from a trip where I visited the 89th Amish community I’ve been invited to. “I’ve got to tell you, I have never seen an autistic Amish child -- not one. The Amish have big families, and they should also have autism,“ says Dick Warner, of Water Purification and Natural Health, as quoted in A Glimpse Of The Amish, written by Dan Olmstead.
It would be interesting to see somebody dive into the connection between autism and childhood vaccinations we give to our babies.
My children did receive their vaccinations and were fortunate not to develop autism. However, I know of other families who are not so fortunate.

Vita Morse • TC

Support Islamic vets
When I was a boy in the south end of Dearborn there was no mosque in town, but many Islamic children, so their parents sent them to Baptist bible school. When I went into the Marine Corps during the Korean War, more than 30 Islamic American young men also went into the Marine Corps. Our country has nothing to fear and much to be proud of in our Islamic veterans.

Marshall Raftery • Brutus

Bring back war tax
The latest cut war funding action of the Democrats is a slap in the face of our young men and women in the military, and is a win for insurgents!
The only way to end this war is to threaten to triple combat pay, nay multiply combat pay by 100, and pay for it by bringing back President Roosevelt’s tax rates of 75%, especially on unearned golden parachutes and the ENRON and WorldCom types.

R. W. Stetson • TC

More idle talk
I am truly disappointed at your omission of reducing idling as a measure to take in becoming “carbon neutral.” Having had my “American Idle” article published in the Express, I was very optimistic that you and the people in Traverse City would have realized that idling is a serious problem -- a behavior that contributes to millions and millions of tons of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases. And the real point of my piece was that this is something car owners can do to stem global warming. People really want to help.
Yet the tone of your April 19 article (“Random Thoughts“ by Robert Downes) was glib and dismissing. Now I feel that my original cynicism about the futility of getting the message across was right all along. Why didn’t you include reducing idling on the list of suggestions in your article? Both Natural Resources Canada and the EPA agree idling is a major problem---but apparently you don’t.
You people want to stay in denial. Fine. Not with standing Gore’s inconsistencies, you really are doing a disservice to those of us common folks who have seen the light. Thanks for nothing. Congratulations on making an honest and conscientious steward of our planet -- with an important message to the people -- feel virtually discounted.

Gary Klinga • via email

Defend supplements
A group of U.S. senators is considering legislation that would severely restrict our access to natural health care. They are considering Codex Alimentarius (food rules - Latin) a very serious threat to health freedom. It was created to regulate how food and nutritional supplements are produced and sold to the consumer. It is solely about trade and the profits of multi-national corporations i.e. the pharmaceutical industry.
Codex is designed to protect the profits of the drug companies. It would eliminate many natural health products and treatments. The Codex Vitamin and Mineral Guideline can ban all high potency and clinically effective vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C. It would be restricted to only a few milligrams per dose. Other nutrients, such as amino acids, are under threat. Natural food stores and wellness companies would be hit hard.
We must protect all of our health freedoms. This means that we have the right to use:
1) Vitamins and minerals instead of antibiotics,
2) Natural and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy,
3) Clean foods free of genetically modified components with clear and accurate labeling.
We need to raise our voices once again to let Congress know they are putting our health at risk.

Nancy C. Hayward • TC

Engler & taxes
At the end of John Engler’s tenure as Michigan’s second longest-serving governor (12 years), Michigan was receiving 85 cents for every dollar sent to Washington. Indiana and Ohio were getting back at least a dollar.
One reason for this disparity is because Michigan Republicans cut spending on social programs. Your federal taxes subsidize the needs of other states -- helping some neighboring states to do better.
During boom times our “representatives” accepted raises and voted for tax cuts (from .046 to the present .039) instead of protecting Michigan’s future. While Engler and his legislature protected their benefits, Mitt Romney secured health care for Massachusetts.
Republicans claim recent elimination of the Single Business Tax (SBT) was necessary for Michigan jobs--yet Engler didn’t eliminate the SBT.
To afford their cuts, why would Republicans vote to cut education and necessary expenditures? Pick one: a) They don’t think your child’s future is worth two cents, b) They want to punish the Governor for her landslide, c) They care more about political games than Michigan’s credit rating, or d) all of the above.
After rolling out of Michigan, Engler became president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In a video, the ex-Governor said a NAM study revealed, “The unavailability of technical skills threatens U.S. competitiveness and leadership and technology and innovation.”
Apparently, Engler now agrees with our present governor about the need to improve education. However, critics say Engler and NAM put “spin” on the study, using the results to justify outsourcing, and flooding the USA with more imported workers who will settle for less pay than Americans holding those jobs.
Isn’t contributing to the public good an idea worth two cents?
Tell Michelle McManus and Jason Allen that cutting to the bottom will ensure Michigan stays at the bottom.

Joyce Walter • via email

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