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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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Some Things in Life ARE Free

George Foster - May 3rd, 2007
Some Things in Life are Free
ARF-ARF. Man’s best friend has arrived - expressdog.com, that is. You might want to run to your computer and check it out.
The rumors of free classifieds coming to Northern Michigan have been realized. expressdog.com is a new online site that specializes in free want ads and more. Beginning now, anyone who has a computer can go online and place free classifieds or find an ad for anything you might want to sell, buy, or exchange in Northern Michigan.
Across the nation, many newsweeklies similar to Northern Express Weekly have begun offering free online ads. Craig’s List and other free online classifieds systems have been taking the larger metro areas by storm. Craig’s List is used in 35 countries and rated one of the top ten most popular web sites in the world.
According to the Michigan Press Association, classified advertising is a $16 billion business and typically amounts to one third of daily newspaper revenues. With the dailies already on the decline nationwide, freebie ads represent a dagger to the heart of the traditional print publication.
Northern Express saw this trend years ago and have been planning to revamp our want ads for some time. We are finally ready to enter the brave new world of free online classifieds. Do you have a service to sell, apartment to rent or looking to buy a boat? Log-on to expressdog.com. Hoping to post a community event? No problem. We hope to be your one-stop advertising source for finding a job, car, and home.
For those loyal Northern Express classifieds advertisers, you can still call in or drop by with your paid print ads. We must be crazy because Northern Express has not increased the cost of our basic want ad in 15 years. To prove we are certifiable here at the Express, though, anyone can now place an ad online absolutely FREE. Our usual low prices will only kick-in if you request upgrades to the standard online ad or if you want your online ad to be also printed in the Northern Express classifieds section.
For a limited period of time, there will be no charge to keep your online-only ad posted on expressdog.com for four weeks. A few questions will be asked the first time you place an ad online. From that time forward, your experience on expressdog.com should be hassle-free. Security is critical for this type of operation, so email addresses and other personal information will never be shared unless you choose to include it in your
ad content.
Why such a generous offer? We at the Express don’t expect to profit from the expressdog.com, at least not in the foreseeable future. We sincerely hope to provide a needed service in Northern Michigan and seek to be part of a vibrant, online community.
Truthfully, there are others in this area who offer some form of free classified ads. At expressdog.com, similar to Northern Express, we hope to be freer, more irreverent and a lot more fun.
Won’t you give us a try?



 
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