Its time to repower, rebuild, and refuel America! To revitalize our faltering economy we must transform the ways Michigan and the rest of the world produces and uses energy. We need to get our economy moving by building a clean energy future.
We must start cutting global warming pollution now. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have a reasonable chance of meeting this objective if developed countries as a whole cut emissions 25-40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050.
We call on members of Congress to support policies that:
Move to 100 percent electricity from clean sources such as wind and solar. We need an aggressive national renewable electricity standard, national energy efficiency standard, strong building codes, and strong energy efficiency standards.
Cut our dependence on oil. We need to significantly increase the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, create new incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, and adopt a federal low-carbon fuel standard that will bolster rural economies and cut global warming emissions.
Create five million new clean energy jobs. We need to make major new investments in infrastructure and technology to jumpstart our economy and put Americans back to work.
Reduce global warming pollution by at least 80 percent.
Safeguard Americas wildlife and natural resources.
You can sign our petition at:
Brenda Archambo National Wildlife Federation Cheboygan
Offensive to nurses
I have been reading the Northern Express since it first became available in the Petoskey area. I learn much about our area and its people through your reporting. I may not always agree with the subject matter being presented, but I am better informed as a result.
I am sure that you have the ability to censor the content of articles presented, as well as a letter to the editor in response to that content. What I am not understanding is your inability to censor the content of the advertising you accept.
I am referring to the ad on page 3 for Streeters in the December 29 edition. The depiction of a bimbo nurse is derogatory, degrading and stereotyping for all nurses - male and female.
We nurses have worked very hard to become the professionals we are. To see this type of ad in a well-respected newspaper in the 21st century makes me angry. I believe we nurses are owed an apology.
Susan Hoshield, RNC, MSN, CPNP Petoskey
The outrage in Gaza by the Israeli military has me wondering, where is the U.S. Jewish response? Do they care that hundreds of innocent civilians are being massacred by Israel? Or is it only when Jews are being killed that its an atrocity?
Having been to Palestine a number of times and getting to know many of them personally, I can say with certainty that the Palestinians will not go quietly to the gas chambers.
Randy Bond Beulah
A group of us are putting together a fund raiser for Jeff (a Britten Banners co-worker) and Missy Smiths daughter, Bernie. If youve watched the news or read the paper Im sure youve heard the story of Bernie and her multiple heart surgeries. She has spent most of her first year of life at hospitals in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.
Bernie has been home for the last couple of months getting acquainted with her three older sisters, Izzy, Lucy and Sadie.
A group of guys here at Britten Banners dabble in music (Rick Daigh and Mark Sanders) have decided to put on a show at the InsideOut Gallery to collect some funds for Ms. Bernies never-ending medical bills and the equipment she needs.
The Berniepalooza event is from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, with a donation of $10 adults and free for kids under 12. Everyone and anyone is invited - kids are welcome!
To learn more about Bernie and her struggles check out her web site: http://www.healthebern.com.
Karla Shiels TC