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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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Letters 5/17/07

- May 17th, 2007
Bad lesson for kids
On May 3, a group of fourth graders from Crystal Lake Elementary went to the State Capitol to learn about state government. On the way they discussed the budget impasse that will cost schools $125 per pupil retroactively.
As a demonstration, some students wore t-shirts that said, “-125.” It was not directed at either party, or branch of the government. It was meant to put faces to the numbers.
Sen. Michelle McManus responded in a most surprising way. She got mad. She phoned the superintendent and several school board members to express her anger, and then apparently contacted the capitol tour guide service to try to get the children banned from the capitol.
Is this how our state senator represents the people of her district? These power struggles are hurting our schools, our communities, and now our individual children.
Shame on you Senator McManus. Stop playing politics and get the job you were elected to do done.

Antoinette (Tiyi) Schippers
• Cadillac

Set McManus straight
I was one of 18 parent chaperones with a group of fourth graders from Benzonia who toured Lansing. On the way there, several of us discussed the budget crisis, and then discussed citizenship and advocacy with our kids (part of fourth grade curriculum of core democratic values). We thought we would use the opportunity to write a message to our elected officials on the backs of our t-shirts.
Since this was a group of active parents who are both Republicans and Democrats, we decided the message should just be “-125.“ Some people blamed the Governor, some the Senate and the House, but the thing we agreed on is that the clock is ticking and we can’t afford these cuts.
This touched a nerve with Sen. Michelle McManus, because she got on the phone mad as hell, and ranted to our school superintendent and several of our board members Thursday afternoon before we got home, and then called the capitol tour guide service trying to get us banned!
We’re not sure if she was threatened by fourth graders or if she was feeling guilty because there are now faces attached to that -$125.
You can email Sen. McManus at: senmmcmanus@senate.michigan.gov with -125 in the subject line. Please let her know that she is elected by us, and her job is to LISTEN to US -- and let her know that we are very disappointed in her unprofessional behavior. Then let her know that ANY cut to schools will impact us and hurt our children. Another cut this year will be the third pro-ration cut in the last five years.
As an elected official she has an obligation to provide Michigan with more than bargain basement services.

Lynette Grimes • Benzie County

Ban all smoking
I support House Bill 4163, Senate Bill 109, and Senate Bill 110 that aim to ban smoking in all Michigan workplaces, including restaurants, bars, office buildings and factories. These bills are important preventive measures to protect Michigan citizens from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke is the second leading cause of preventable death in Michigan, behind only smoking. Nonsmokers who are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke suffer death rates that are 30% higher than those of unexposed nonsmokers. Also, between 1,570 and 2,790 Michigan adults, children and babies die each year from others’ smoking.
In addition to saving lives, these bills have the potential to save health care dollars from being spent on preventable illnesses. As a second year medical student, this is one of the most valuable ways to improve the health of our nation.

Kimberly Johnson • Walloon Lake

Cough up the news
I am sure many of your readers, as well as the restaurants, would appreciate your noting in a prominent place in your review, whenever they are smoke free.
In your review of Agave Mexican Grill, nothing was said that it is smoke-free. Most non-smokers as well as many smokers prefer dining where they don’t have to breathe tobacco smoke.

Karl DeFoe • TC
Don‘t be a gossip
Moving to Northern Michigan from a small town downstate, I thought I had already seen and heard all the damage that gossip can do. But I was wrong!
Maybe it’s due to a mistaken form of loyalty to the storyteller, but I have now seen this harmful gossip actually affect the business decisions that some area residents have made. Sound implausible? I would have said the same before. But I currently know of an area business that is building their clientele by going after their former employer’s customers and using small town gossip to their advantage to get them actual results.
My word of caution to all those who listen to gossip: remember, there are two sides to every story and usually the story you don’t hear is from the person who has chosen to take the higher ground. In general, I have also found that any person who spreads gossip usually has many a story to tell, and many of those stories often portray them as a victim. Do you see a pattern here?
Watch what you believe, get the whole story, or who knows, you could be the next target!

Nancy Miller • via email
 
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