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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 12/20/07

- December 20th, 2007
It‘s Not Her Style
I love the Express, but grit my teeth every time I see the “My Style” feature. I’ve always found it rather strange and pointless, but at this time of year I find it downright offensive. The total for the individual featured in the Dec. 6-12 issue was $900. The same day I read the Express, the Record-Eagle ran a front page story about a local nonprofit thrift store, which gives away children’s winter wear, not having any gloves for an 11-year-old boy.
I went to the store and told the manager I would be happy to buy him whatever he needed, but the boy could not be located. However, the newspaper story resulted in a surge of donations. They were still short on snowpants, so I went out and bought many pairs of children’s snowpants and donated them. They cost less than what the “My Style” individual spent on her hair, makeup, and nails. I don’t have a lot of money, so guess I’ll just have to do without my $900 getup.
We all spend money on ourselves, but do we have to glorify it in the pages of the Express? Why not use the space to highlight more interesting things about local people, or to recognize some of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the many nonprofits, and their philosophy of giving. Anything would be more uplifting than how many hundreds of dollars somebody spent on their clothes, shoes, handbag, jewelry, hair, makeup, and nails. Is there anybody else out there who couldn’t care less?
To all those doctors out there who pose proudly and reveal how much they spend on themselves, and to all those 11-year-old boys who have no winter gloves, I wish you Merry Christmas and Peace.

Andrea Stewart • TC

Many Voices
Regarding the words of Matt Robb, in Express’ letters Oct.11 letters section:
“....politics to me was a scattered mess of emptiness - rhetoric from on high, specifically designed to confuse our better senses. Then, a voice boomed through the TV set, setting off flashing memories of a better world in the making. ‘There is not a liberal America and a Conservative America, there is the United States of America’.......”
This government of the people, by the people, and for the people was constituted by faith-full people who had to be persuaded to enumerate the “rights” they considered to be from God and were to be protected for the good of all, the common good. These people, no doubt in my mind, were hearing from God who wanted this country founded. God not only wanted this country, he still wants it and even now God himself inspires people for the common good. Although God is communicating to people, not everyone hears or listens or pays attention. It is not easy to tell who is and who is not hearing from God today. All I know is I want people holding office and employed by the government to be God-fearing and listening for God’s leading voice.

Marian Johnson • Manistee

School Ironies
I have noticed the irony regarding TCAPS’ recent decisions. If you examine academic literature regarding schools’ size/districts, student achievement and other indicators, you notice that at a point as school size increases with respect to student population these indicators are negatively impacted. One technique being utilized in academia to combat the negative effects of larger schools is the ‘school within a school’ technique. However, the technique is also being utilized in elementary schools as well. The concept is to operate several smaller schools within the same physical building (a larger school). Thus, the schools seem smaller, operate with a ‘small school’ mentality and can, or attempt to, capture some of the small school advantages.
The two ironies I notice are:
1) As TCAPS accepts a grant to implement ‘school within a school’ techniques, they are at the same time enlarging their schools.
2) Whether intentional or not, this technique is currently employed at Central Grade School. There are three programs housed each with their unique identity - traditional ed, Montessori and TAG. Implementing the change in student population - switching Glenn Loomis and Montessori students - actually does the reverse of the school within a school technique. The result is a larger than optimal traditional education student population.
A lot of people mention, ‘Well, Glenn Loomis is closing, and that is a given, so where must we move Montessori?’ However, I think this begs the question why is Glenn Loomis closing? Unless it is part of an end result the district is visualizing as the future of TCAPS. Perhaps they should share the picture. People discuss Glenn Loomis closing as if it were in fact closed. Remember, the school is there with students, staff and faculty in existence this year and if there is no basis to close it, then don’t.
Personally, I will not be directly affected by Glenn Loomis or Montessori locations, but both programs deserve consideration and support. Professionally, I do not represent any residents districted to Glenn Loomis. But, I am a parent that is interested in the district making decisions based on substantive reasoning.

Beth Friend • TC

Foie Again?
This week yet another letter on foie gras! I’m a birder, love life, but really folks, why can’t we get this upset about our young people dying in Iraq, or all the children living below the poverty level, or how more and more of us have no health insurance.
Then there’s the enviroment, cooperate greed, the fact that our economy is going down the tubes. The list is
endless. Let’s pick a better topic to vent our rage about! And let’s do something about it.
Have you written or called your congressman lately?

Heather Peyton • TC
 
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