I read the letter from Adrian from Beulah and agree with what he had to say (re: “Support the Home Team,“ 6/15).
I spent over 30 years with General Motors at the Willow Run Plant where we built the Corvair, Chevy II, Buick, Olds, Caddy and Caprice, to name a few. One of our tasks was to count the non-GM cars parked in the parking lot on a regular basis.
At one time the plant was thinking about not permitting these cars on the property. Instead they decided to tag the vehicles with a suggestion to buy GM and named the local dealers.
That didnt go over well. Some employees didnt care about GM. They were just there for the money. They stole parts, cheated on their time cards, drank to extremes, sold and did drugs. Theres a book out called Been There which tells a lot of what happens in an assembly plant. These true events will give you something to think about.
Don Montie Northport
Purge the czars
What is it with the current Obama administration that makes me question whether they have the best interest of the United States at heart, or whether they wish to grab as much power as the opportunities allow them?
With all the new czar appointments of late, one might conclude they have a strange fascination and appreciation for the prior Russian empire. Perhaps its just me and thats what the citizens want. I doubt it though, and I believe many are downright scared of the ongoing power grabs.
They should be. A lot of damage is being done. A lot more has been proposed. I dont admire any czar, foreign or American-born. Wake up and voice your concern loudly to your representatives and friends.
Brian D. Spencer TC
We are being betrayed
Yup! Thats it in a nut shell.. no, perhaps I should say in a light bulb! I voted to elect intelligent, knowledgeable individuals, who would represent my needs as a U.S. citizen, a mom, a small business person, and loving wife. Is this happening? NO! I can see by what I have read that our Congress is going the way of oppressive big business with bucks to bend logic, thought, heart, integrity and loyalty to their constituencies.
The current Energy Bill courageously initiated by President Obama and allegedly touted by his smiling, two-faced Congressional followers, is being gutted, renamed, and basically tossed into the abyss of a trash can, to allow the oil and coal industry to keep on, keeping on.
According to an Associated Press article titled Congress abandoning Obama clean energy goals,“ the current bill they are playing with wont require any boost in clean energy than is already part of a horrid Bush Energy Bill. Even more appalling this bill will repeal parts of the Clean Air Act, preventing Obama from cracking down on dirty power plants! I stand in disbelief that this is even happening!
Obamas Energy bill would create good jobs to rebuild our failing environment, and our economy both locally and nationally. This new version wont require more clean energy than we are currently working with. The prospects of creating new wind and solar energy sources would create more than twice as many jobs as filthy, polluting coal and oil.
If you really care about the future of your children and grand childrens lungs and physical well being... then call your Congressional representatives to put an immediate kibosh to this slanted and biased bill for the oil and coal industry and tell them you are watching them, their voting records, and their so-called financial gifts.
Linda Beers Aydlott East Jordan
Promoting free speech
I just want to thank the Northern Express for allowing the writers of Letters to the Editors to actually express their views. Unlike the Record-Eagle, our letters are not picked apart, our opinions not challenged, and we dont have to feel as if we are writing a blue book essay, including footnotes and an acknowledgement section. They state the section is Your Views, however it is your view only if youve satisfied them.
Ive been writing letters to many publications over the years, (the R-E for 10) however what is currently being practiced at the R-E is unlike anything Ive ever encountered. One shouldnt have to validate their opinion in order to get an opinion letter published. Thank you Northern Express for allowing freedom of speech.
Michele Lonoconus Thompsonville
Thank you Michele, although it‘s worth noting that the Express also edits and shortens letters, to the irritation of some writers. -- Ed.
Cheers for Outer Vibe
It seems like you really have ripped into The Outer Vibe (“Local CD Reviews,“ 6/22)
All I can say is seeing them in person would knock your socks off -- or should I say your Berkinstocks. They are truly an amazing group of young and talented adults that have a great sound and are very tight.
You cant compare them with Van Halen or any ‘80s or grunge band; thats a big mistake. The Outer Vibe has a sound of their own and for once you can really understand the lyrics.
Monster is one of three CDs. The second CD is Games We Play. Hands down, a great rock and roll CD. If you want grunge, then get your old records out and listen to them, but to call Outer Vibe grunge, please, youve got it all wrong.
Check them out when they are playing at Brookside over the 4th. Until then I will put this so-called paper down and flush.
Lucy Patmore via email
New at the National Cherry Festival this year is a rolling exhibit of substandard housing to enlighten those who don‘t already ‘live there.‘ The Thrivent Builds Mobile demonstrates what it‘s like to live with mildew, unsafe electrical connections, rotting floors or shivering through a winter without heat -- conditions that are endured by 95 million Americans. The exhibit is here courtesy of Habitat for Humanity and the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans group.
The Traverse City Film Festival is considering the addition of a 5k run this year which would encourage participants to dress up in costumes. The event would include the return of TC‘s Golden Mile race, which was dropped from the Cherry Festival 15k a few years back.
“It should be a hoot of an event with (comedian) Jeff Garlin judging the costume winners and some big prize giveaways and party at the end as it finishes in front of the State Theatre on a red carpet!“ says Doug Petersen, who is organizing the event.
Speaking of the Film Fest, this year‘s Open Space big-screen flicks have been announced. Running July 28-Aug. 2, the free films downtown will include:
Men in Black - Tuesday
Close Encounters/ Third Kind“ - Wednesday
Hair - Thursday
Goonies - Friday
Big - Saturday
Recent Northern Seen photos of the Festival of Tables were incorrectly attributed to Gina Aranki. Credit for the photos belongs to Sarah Brown Photography.