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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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Letters 7/3/03

Various - July 3rd, 2003
Tax cut hazards

Re: the tax cut debate in a letter by Steven Yenshaw in the June 19 - 25 issue. I disagree, mostly with the last paragraph. More money in the hands
of taxpayers has not always worked, and many times it has been
detrimental. Kennedy‘s tax cut contributed to the increase in inflation
during the ‘70s and Reagan‘s tax cut increased the deficit, way out of
proportion because he didn‘t veto the spending bills. It also
contributed to the the stock market crash of 2000. There are many more
examples.
Too much money in the hands of the wrong people at the wrong time can
create problems in the future. Economically, the lower third of the population tend to cause CPI inflation;
the middle third, real estate inflation; and the top third, capital
inflation.
The current tax cut will not improve the job situation because it
gives the money to the wrong people. Wealthy people don‘t spend extra
money, they invest it. Investment does not create demand. Put money in
the hands of the poor, they spend it, creating demand and then
eventually jobs.
Also, the tax cut increases the imbalance in who pays the taxes; the
wealthy pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes because many
taxes are not based on income or are capped, such as property taxes,
sales taxes, FICA, medicare, etc.
If you only look at part of the picture it will be distorted.

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City

Disliking Hillary

George Foster is convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton is disliked because
she is a woman (“Random Thoughts“, June 19). Millions of us dislike Hillary not because she is a woman, Mr. Foster, but rather because she is a socialist.
Her approach to life is to take hard-won money - by the force of government
-- from the producers, the creative, the motivated, the skilled, the educated, the risk-takers, and the investors to give it to those who, in her opinion, “need“ it more. This is not fair, just, or sonstitutional.
It is ironic that she is a woman, since -- if she had her way -- she would be
Big Brother.

Michael LeButt • Cheboygan

Women problems

“Hats off to Hillary and Martha“? Not a chance.
The problem(s) our culture has had and is having (from a male‘s perspective) with woman ascending into power is multi-faceted, but at the root psychological level, it is all about adults integrating and reconciling the effect of parental authority in their lives.
Who among you reading this letter regardless of age does not inwardly cringe and attempt to flee the moral battlefield when your mother, living or dead, begins to chastize you for one of your misdeeds?
Even if “her“ admonishments were justified, the resentment nevertheless still boils and steams steadily until the personal embarrassment has been molified. Complicate the “classic“ reruns of childhood memories of the seemingly omniscient and omnipresent mother spanking and/or scolding you with a failed marriage or two and a tyrannical and/or incompetent female boss and you have been poured a potent psychological drink with which not to spill as you navigate your way back through the crowded room to your table.
Consequently, George Foster; Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart are not disliked by men and women simply because they are women with considerable power. They are disliked because as symbols of womanhood and motherhood, their corruptioin and hypocrisy is seen as a betrayal. A betrayal that reaches into the deepest and tenderest parts of our hearts.

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey


Dictatorial powers

The President addressed Congress and citing Iraq‘s attempt to purchase nuclear material from an African nation, received funding for a war. The evidence cited was a forgery.
The Attorney General appears before a Congressional Committee to ask for revisions of the “Patriot Act.“ He testifies that because of police surveillances on public libraries and customers, Ted “Unabomber“ Kaczynski was captured. Oh? No, he was captured when his brother read the Unabomber‘s “Manifesto“ in a newspaper, realized who wrote it, and called the FBI.
My point is: What is trustable? The proposed revisions of the current Patriot Act will give the offices of the President and Attorney General near dictatorial powers that will almost nullify our Constitution, leaving the accused without due process protection or arrest notice to family or friend!
These types of powers are foreign to American democracy. Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.“
For over 225 years Americans of every ethnic background have selflessly shed their blood during wartime in order to protect the Constitution for themselves and succeeding generations. We need to let our government officials know that‘s still the American way!

Scott Zorc • Buford, Ga

Who got the concert dough

Thanks to the great coverage from the Northern Express the Northern Michigan Nurses Appreciation Night concert in Petoskey May 31 featuring Greg Brown and Robin Lee Berry was indeed a huge success.
Error, Error, Error!!!! though in stating that the proceeds went to support the striking nurses. This was not a fundraiser for the striking nurses.
The issues surrounding the nursing strike are more complicated than this request for correction can cover but the strike relief fund is being supplied by other sources and the striking nurses as a group chose NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY in presenting this concert.
The concert was the brainchild of David Trautman, an EMT from the Harbor Springs
area and it must be stated that ALL the proceeds beyond expenses went to
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity and to a Breast Cancer Support
Group in Petoskey called “Just For Us.“
The community was and is so divided about the details surrounding the strike and, though those of us who put together the concert fully support the decision to strike and praise the courage born of necessity required to maintain this strike, our effort was to bring a community into the same room for an evening to remember what if feels like to be with neighbors enjoying something together. We wanted to thank all nurses for choosing one of the most honorable and difficult careers known to
humanity but absolutely NONE OF THE PROCEEDS WENT TO THE NURSES STRIKE
RELIEF FUND.
Thank you for otherwise great coverage on this issue.

Robin Lee Berry • Boyne City
 
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