As Santa, I always like to say thank you for good deeds done with a happy heart. So first of all, thank you to Northern Express for your recent My Style that featured yours truly. I think it opened people‘s eyes to the ins and outs of Santa fashion. But I‘m really writing to say thank you to a young man named Alex who gave me a gift at my downtown Traverse City house. Imagine, a gift for Santa! It was unprecedented. I was so touched, it brought tears to my eyes. As I promised Alex, I waited for Christmas to open it and to my surprise, I found a “Wishlist Santa“ from Michigan State University, all dressed in Spartan green. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful gift, which I will keep on the mantle over my fireplace. Alex, you have realized the real gift of giving at Christmas. Maybe there‘s a future for you at the North Pole.
P.S. I hope you got the snowboard.
Santa (Al Lien)
Heres an FYI for Democratic primary voters. Michigans primary will be held January 15, 2008. The Democratic ballot will have 6 choices: Hillary Clinton; Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Uncommitted, and Write-in.
Please notice that 4 names are missing from the list. Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote uncommitted instead of writing in their candidates names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted under state law. A vote for uncommitted is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Convention.
Pearl Brown Traverse City
Cost of Michigan‘s Presidential primary January 15, 2008: $10,000,000+.
Influence of Michigan‘s primary: Down 75%. (We‘ve lost half our Republican delegates, and all our Democratic delegates.)
Private files on primary voters: Free for the Democratic and Republican party machines -- exclusively.
Voters‘ privacy: Priceless which, to big-party fat cats, apparently equals worthless. (We the People must also show ID to prove we‘re the same people who registered -- or waste time, and more tax dollars, on paperwork.)
What you can do January 15: Pick a party that doesn‘t already drown you in junk mail. Vote for whichever of its candidates you like most -- or least or an underdog or write-in. Then, whenever that party solicits you, it‘ll be delaying the next first-class postage-rate increase.
What you can do November 4: Vote for other parties and other candidates. If we elect them, the expressions on those fat cats‘ faces really will be priceless.
John Anthony La Pietra Marshall
If the shoving of a tube down a throat that can bring a fish back up the wrong way to swell up it‘s liver bothers you. Then don‘t look into the commercial veal industry. Or any large poultry or egg production.
Turkeys breed so that they will look up in a rain storm and drown. This is the bird that Ben Franklin thought should be the bird that represented America.
There are far worse offenses done to animals out there than Goose liver. Don‘t believe in it, don‘t eat it. If you are true to your beliefs than you are a vegetarian and animal poop is a good thing. Unless it gets on your spinach.
And what was the name of that book about the Chicago Slaughter houses??
Michael H. MacCready Manton
As one who has been following the local coverage on Sovereign Deed‘s coming to Pellston, I was glad to see Anne Stanton‘s article in the Dec. 13 issue of Northern Express.
Hurricane Katrina certainly proved to us that we can‘t count on government to respond and meet basic human needs in catastrophic situations. It is certainly not surprising to see that those with means will find ways and opportunities to meet their emergency needs. It was also not surprising to hear that outfits like Blackwater were on site in New Orleans within hours, defending property and wealth.
What is significant about Stanton‘s report is the lack of background vetting that Emmet County officials have done on Sovereign Deed. The fact that officials in Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin were not in active conversations with Sovereign Deed to compete for its operation, indicates that their names were dropped to push local officials to act quickly and imprudently. Then the issue of Sovereign Deed ordering 2,000,000 respirator masks and being sued for lack of payment only pushes our alarm bells.
This venture is beginning to look like the big hole in downtown Petoskey. Perhaps Emmet County would be ahead to save money on infrastructure and trade the big hole to Sovereign Deed.
John Rohde Petoskey
The My Style feature on Cora Hargis, (Northern Express, Dec. 27, 2008) should have said she attends Traverse City Senior High School, not Traverse City High School.