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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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Our Men‘s Issue

Robert Downes - September 6th, 2007
Hey, whatever happened to old
what’s-his-name? The so-called Angry White Male of the ’90s? He swept the Republicans into absolute power and marched around for a decade or so, pounding his chest with his neoconservative views.
He’s been pretty quiet lately. These days, you barely hear a peep out of him.
Maybe he‘s rethinking a few things that used to send him into a tizzy.
Back in the early ’90s, we launched an annual issue in the Express that focused on the theme of “Women Today.” It wasn’t long before men were saying, hey, what about us?
At that time, men -- some at least -- were in a state of flux. The ’90s were the era of the “men’s movement,” with books like “Iron John” spelling out the responsibilities and mysteries (such as they are) of maledom. Groups like Fathers for Equal Rights were raising a howl over perceived injustices in child custody cases. It was a time when men were reading each other the riot act over their responsibilities as fathers. It was the age of the “Angry White Male,” marching in step with Rush Limbaugh, castigating “feminazis” and the Clintons.
Some felt threatened by the fact that women were achieving positions of power -- I remember one guy griping about having a woman for a boss. He assumed that as a man I shared his us-against-them
outlook. But I was embarrassed for him for being so insecure.
Were men angrier in the ’90s? You
decide. But it does seem like we’re mellower in the ’00s.
If anything, we’re in a bit of a retreat because of all the disastrous male examples in recent years.
Other than our brave soldiers -- both male and female -- in Iraq and Afghanistan, who do men have as role models to look up to today? The leaders of the war and subsequent occupation -- Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Wolfowicz and Bremer -- have created one of the biggest disasters in our country’s history. The blunders of the war are already being studied at the U.S. Army War College as textbook examples of how to blow it, according to “Fiasco,” an excellent book on Iraq.
Among the disgraces mentioned above, we can add Karl Rove, Alberto Gonzales, Scooter Libby, Jack Abramoff and “Good Job, Brownie” Michael Brown. Men with an anti-government agenda who came to Washington at the behest of the Angry White Male and did a number on us. Nice work, guys.
Today, the federal government seems directionless
and ineffective, our Justice Department is a disgrace, much of New Orleans is still a wreck two years after Hurricane Katrina, and our nation’s infrastructure is at risk. America’s image in the world has been dragged through the mud by torture scandals, a war of aggression, and policies of surveillance and
imprisonment without trial that are more in step with a police state than a democracy.
And let’s not forget the moralizers who whipped the Angry White Men into a frenzy during the Clinton years. The replacement team has turned out to be as freaky as a drag queen revue, with the likes of Sen. Larry
“I Am Not Gay” Craig, intern-lover Rep. Mark Foley, and evangelical cheerleader Rev. Ted “It was just a massage” Haggard. These days it seems as if the gay-bashing GOP has come out of the closet as the Gay Old Party.
At least we men still have our sports celebrities to look up to: Barry Bonds, Mike Vick, the Tour de France cheaters...
You still hear echoes and whispers from the Angry White Male these days, even if he’s been chastened by the goofs of recent years. He’s the guy who says that Sen. Hillary Clinton will never be president because she’s a woman.
But maybe that’s precisely why we should elect her.


New faces in new places at the Express


Northern Express would like to welcome Kristi Kates to the role of interim editor this week. Kristi is temporarily taking over for Robert Downes, who is pursuing a personal project over the next few months.
Kates brings strong writing and copy editing skills to the job. She also writes the Modern Rock column for Express, along with 4Play CD reviews, concert coverage and photography, and numerous features.
Additionally, she is a regular contributor to national music magazine Remix, and she‘s an accomplished indie musician, singer, and songwriter in her own right.


Also new is account representative Gayle Lyn Smith, who is reaching out to advertisers in a wide-ranging sales territory that includes Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Gaylord, Cheboygan and Indian River in the north, and the Cadillac-Manistee area at the southern end of the Express’s area
of coverage.
Smith is the former Northern Michigan Director of Donor Recruitment-BioMed for the American Red Cross. Personable and energetic, Smith has a strong background in public relations along with being active in local community issues for the last 10 years. her interests range from delving into computer technology to breeding Portugese water dogs. She and her husband Mike, who is an attorney, have twin 13-year-olds and live in Lake Ann.
Welcome aboard to Kristi Kates and Gayle Lyn Smith.
 
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