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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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Letters 2/18/08

- February 18th, 2008
A $10 million fiasco
Michigan’s recent accelerated primary election, according to State Senator Michelle McManus, was an exemplar of Lansing’s political strategy and a whopping success which thrust our state into the national limelight, greatly increasing its citizens‘ influence on national politics. What on earth was she thinking?
First of all, those of us of the non-Republican persuasion were effectively cut out of the election altogether, even as we cast our meaningless votes for Senator Clinton or “uncommitted.” Even the Republicans, while at least having a full slate of candidates, should know that the National Republican Party slashed their delegate allocation in half.
McManus goes on to state how the acceleration brought candidates to Michigan.
Again, nothing could be further from the truth. No viable Democrats came to Michigan and only a couple of Republicans. We paid out $10 million for this fiasco.
McManus represents the deepest flaw in our state’s entire political process: The modern day professional politician. They have no clue!
They come to the party, but bring nothing; feeding from the table that we the people fill. It‘s an Orwellian nightmare come true: Less is More, War is Peace and Michigan has again benefitted from the benevolent vision of its professional politicians.

Bill Brown, Maple City

Imagine
Imagine spending $2 trillion not on a brutal, unjust war, but instead reaching out to our poor and oppressed fellow humans... feeding the hungry, providing shelter and access to clean water.
Imagine America the beloved – not feared and hated.
Imagine Al Qaeda unable to find new recruits, and the hatred of terrorism defeated finally in the only way it can be – with love!
Imagine Americans awakening from this nightmare of endless war, waged by greedy fear mongers willing to shed the blood of not only their perceived enemy... but of our own children!
Imagine America leading the world to peace through disarmament, and ceasing the insidious manufacture and dissemination of weaponry.
Imagine our military reinvented, that our youth might serve as stewards and humanitarians and begin the healing and rebuilding of the ruin that a century of reckless destruction has wrought. We are on a bus called global warming and we are headed for a cliff my friends.
We cannot – must not – trust our short-sighted driver!
Imagine a bright and promising future for our grandchildren and for theirs, a future based on love and respect for each other and the natural world.

Richard Allen • Leland

Gifts for kids
Thanks to the generosity of our neighbors in Traverse City, many children around the world have something to smile about. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, collected 10,773 gift-filled shoe boxes from local residents during last year’s collection season. These gifts from right here in our community are now on their way to helping children around the world.
With the donations of shoe box gifts from churches, individuals, businesses, and community groups, Operation Christmas Child will be able to hand-deliver over 7.6 million gifts to children in more than 100 countries. Many of these distributions are taking place right now. On behalf of our community, I would like to thank all the local collection sites for providing locations for collecting the gifts and all the volunteers who served with this amazing project for children.
To everyone in the Traverse City area who packed a shoe box gift, please be encouraged by the fact that these simple gifts will serve as powerful messages of joy and hope to needy children around the world. Thank you for joining our community in this amazing outreach, and for giving to others at Christmas.

Bonnie Freeman,
regional director,
Operation Christmas Child

Keep forests motor-free
I have attended meetings over the past two years where citizens that are older want more roads and/or more vehicles (ie. ATVs) allowed in our forests. They want access to places that have a favorite view, or maybe where they have always found mushrooms.
I am in this senior citizen category, and I fully understand the dilemma.
I can no longer walk as far as I used to, and cannot climb the hills as easily.
I know that in a few years I will not
be able to physically go wherever I want to.
Then, I became a grandparent, I think of all the places that I have loved to walk to, and my memories are wonderful. I want my grandchilren to have the same memories of these quiet walks in the forest, and the long
walks to the beaches, up the steep hills, and down.
If, selfishly, we allow easy access to these places we love, our grandchildren will never have the priceless memories of getting there as we do. Making these places easily accessible will mean many, many people going to them, and they will never be the same.
We need to think of future generations, and enjoy the activities we can do, enjoy our memories, and know, that like our parents and grandparents, we have left our special places for our children and grandchildren.

Sally Casey • Honor

 
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