“Us“ and “Them“
Michael Moores new movie and his recent appearance on Jay Leno have brought a serious fear on my part that he may succumb to the evils of the capitalistic society in which he is forced to live, causing him to fall into the category of them. Them, according to Mr. Moore on Leno, are the top one percent of wage earners in this country who own all of the wealth and are trying to take more from us. In his diatribe on Leno, Mr. Moore included himself in the us category, a potential victim of them. According to the 2007 census, them, (the top one percent of wage earners) are people making more than $410,096 dollars per year. Despite his charitable efforts to the local economy, I am afraid that he may one day crumble, and become one of them. I would offer the following solution so that he can continue to be one of us poor working slobs who are being raped by them. I would suggest that when the net profits of his new movie hit $410,095.99, that he no longer charge admission. This would reinforce his anathema for the process of earning money, allow him to remain one of us, and allow us all to continue to hold him at the level of esteem and respect that we currently do.
Dennis Sternburgh Traverse City
Touched by the Loss
We wanted to thank Northern Express for the wonderful article on the stolen historic gate, and for inspiring so many people to respond to us.
Weve had a few leads, however, nothing has turned up thus far.
I did want to relay an overwhelming expression of kindness and generosity from an experienced wrought-iron artist, Dan Nickels of Traverse City.
He stopped in the office to personally speak with Ray, and to offer his skills at replicating the gate when were ready to do so.
He said he would do this for free. All Ray has to do is supply the materials. As a serendipitous side-bar, his father, Dr. Mervin Nick Nichols, was interim Superintendent of the hospital in the 60s.
As a result of your article, there are incredible people out there who have been genuinely touched by this loss.
Mini Minervini Traverse City
Top ten reasons to oppose health care reform
10. You feel patriotic knowing that Americans spend more for prescription drugs than the French or Canadians.
9. You have a wealthy uncle who will be glad to cover your medical expenses when you lose your job.
6. You believe the right to life ends at birth.
7. You get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that your premiums helped to buy a bigger yacht for the insurance company CEO.
6. You are the insurance company CEO with the new yacht.
5. You would rather have insurance company bureaucrats decide who lives or dies than have the U. S. government guarantee health care to all.
4. You happen to be one of those bureaucrats -- you get bonuses for rescinding coverage from sick people.
3. You can easily afford to buy an organ transplant in Asia if you need one.
2. You plan to reject social security payments and Medicare coverage when you retire because theyre socialistic.
1. Youre a Congressman whos been bought and paid for by insurance companies.
Alice Littlefield Omena
Serious issue with Mikko Decisions
Regarding the recent charges filed against District Court Referee Dennis Mikko.
I have been in Dennis Mikkos courtroom more times than I care to mention with custody issues.
He has been consistently dismissive, judgmental, opinionated and frankly arrogant. If I have had my life and the lives of my children decided by a potential pedophile then I have a serious issue with the entire court and friend of the court system in our community. Who could honestly say they feel good about a decision made by this man? He has had a profound affect on my life as well as many of my friends and acquaintances and our children with decisions regarding custody. Are we to presume his judgement has been unclouded by his affliction? Can I now have a review of the decisions made by Dennis Mikko or will the court dismiss this as an isolated incident without prejudice toward those effected by his decisions?
Can we as citizens enforce the ethic that we hold our judges and court officials to a higher standard? How about a non-pedophile standard. How low will we go?
I for one will want to meet with all of those who feel as I do and take appropriate action.
Marty Beaudoin Traverse City
Archie Kiel, the Rapid City man who appeared on the Northern Express cover with his lush medicinal marijuana plants in late August, is poised to become a test case for the states new marijuana medical law.
Kiel was arrested on September 17 and charged with a felony that could put him behind bars for up to 14 years.
Kiels pretrial hearing took place on September 21. Hell now face arraignment on September 30 at 1 p.m. on charges of manufacture of more than 20 plants and less than 200, said Kalkaska Assistant Prosecutor Kirk Metzger who is handling the case.
The felony charge normally carries a seven-year maximum, but that doubles with a prior drug conviction of any kind. Kiel was previously convicted on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
Metzger said he will offer a plea bargain to Kiels attorney, Ross Hickman.
State voters approved the marijuana medical law in November, which allows a caregiver or supplier to grow up to a maximum of 72 plants if the caregiver is also a patient and has five other patints.
Kiel, a father of three, is well known in Rapid City as a strong advocate for using marijuana as a therapy for cancer tumors and pain. He said he doesnt take money for his plants, but runs a sort of informal co-op out of his home.
The case will likely come down to the interpretation of the new law and when the plants can be counted as legal medicinewhen a patient receives a physical card from the state, which is backlogged on its patient applications, or when a patient can present evidence of a signed physicians statement that says marijuana will have a therapeutic or palliative benefit for the patients serious or debilitating medical condition.