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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Why Hillary should not be president

George Foster - November 1st, 2007
Don’t get me wrong.
I am not a Neanderthal who detests women asserting themselves in public or the work place. Nothing is more attractive than an independent-minded woman who speaks her peace - I married one. Whoa mama, don’t ever change.
Hillary Clinton has never been accused of being a shrinking violet, either. She is also smart and an accomplished Senator of New York. Yet, I don’t believe she should be president.
First of all, electing Hillary would perpetuate a Clinton family dynasty. You may have already forgotten how experts believed Clinton-fatigue was a factor in kicking out the Democrats, thus George W. Bush sweeping to the presidency in 2000. Now we want to bring back a Clinton because of Bush-fatigue? If Hillary Clinton is elected in 2008 and serves two terms, Clintons and Bushes would have monopolized the White House for (gulp) 28 consecutive years. Just end it, people, END IT.
During my lifetime, it is an understatement to say that the United States of America is in a rut. From 1952 to 2004 a Nixon, Bush, or Dole has run on the presidential ticket in every election except 1964. That makes over fifty years of the same recycled mush. In a country of hundreds of millions of potential candidates, can’t we find anyone new? And I don’t mean Jeb Bush.
Also, America is not ready for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman. There, I said it. I expect to be sleeping on the couch for a while if my wife reads this.
Few are discussing the fact that if Ms. Clinton is even nominated for president, it will be a momentous event in American history - a first. For you youngsters, it seems unbelievable that women were prohibited from even voting for president in this country until about 80 years ago, let alone running for the top office.
The woman who breaks this ground will need to be confident and accomplished in ways that are not obvious. When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball over 60 years ago, he was vastly more advanced than a typical rookie. Robinson was a college graduate, an elite athlete in at least three sports, a military veteran, and had already played baseball against future Hall of Famers in the Negro Leagues. Because of the depth of his varied resume, Robinson was also mentally and physically tougher than everyone else. While white players and fans verbally attacked him unmercifully, he somehow kept his cool with dignity in his first season in order to ensure that the change in baseball’s policy would work.
Jackie Robinson earned the right to become the African-American to destroy Major League Baseball’s taboo on minorities. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton should not be granted the historic honor of being the first Ms. President.
Let’s face it; we would not be considering her for the top office except for her famous husband. Americans should first be considering Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, and other such qualified women who have worked their way to prominent political positions and have served in leadership roles at national government posts for many years.
What about time spent as First Lady, you ask? Don’t go there - it doesn’t count. It may actually be a negative experience for purposes of seeking the presidency. First Ladyship does of course have value in each administration, but every woman in that role has had to support her husband’s policies whether she agreed or not.
Please do your patriotic duty and vote for your favorite candidates in the upcoming elections... as long their names aren’t Clinton or Bush.
 
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