Michael Jackson fanmail
Youve got to be kidding me with this article: your Northern View on the death of Michael Jackson was rude and insulting (re: “The King is Dead... Get Used to It“). It was plain to read Ross Boissoneau did not take the time to do his research on the king of pop.
Does he pull the wings off flies while they are still alive too? I grew up with the music of Michael Jackson and that man had more talent than anyone could ever comprehend. That man was a musical genius and more. Hasn‘t the writer ever heard him mouth musical instruments? Hasnt he been to one of MJ‘s concerts? Didnt he know that financially, MJ is written in the world records book as the most charitable entertainer in the world? Did he mention how many thousands of children MJ has helped over the years that were sick and dying? Did he ever meet Michael Jackson?
Before you wrote this trash article, Boissoneau, did you bother to take the time to really think what it must have been like to be Michael Jackson, world famous, but yet so lonely? I think the media can blame themselves for what they did to him, name-calling and all. What do you look like in the mirror... circus freak!
Out of respect for the dead alone, Boissoneau should be ashamed of himself and perhaps report back to the National Enquirer.
Sylvia Bowling via email
The courage to say it
Bless Ross Boissoneau for his frank and honest evaluation of Michael Jackson. We need to appreciate his music and talent, but definitely not gloss over his bizarre and damaging past. Thank you Ross for having the courage to say it all.
Dan & Barbara Goodearl via email
Lesson for young losers
As of late, I am wondering if the younger generation of Americans are worth giving jobs to? Small business owners that I know all say the same thing: you cant get good help.
Young Americans have been brought up to understand you get rewarded even if you dont perform, and when they go into the job market they have no ethics or reason to take on responsibility for their actions or follow directions. What a shame that we have raised such a bunch of losers. They dont want to start at the bottom and feel they deserve top pay for doing nothing or next to nothing.
Maybe hiring illegals is the only way some businesses will be able to survive and prosper. The people of America have to change the way we raise our kids and quit pampering their egos with a false sense of accomplishment. If they come in second or last, it isnt the end of the world, but would show them they need to try harder to be #1.
James C. Williams Kalkaska
Another example of our local government enacting a tax:
I own property in East Jordan. I do not live in East Jordan, so I pay property taxes at the higher non Homestead rate (which I knew upon purchasing the property several years ago). In addition, in annual increases in taxable value (despite significant evidence that property values have decreased in recent years), I recently opened my summer tax bill to find it was more than 50 percent higher than last years summer tax bill.
Upon investigating this, I learned the following:
East Jordan School System decided, unilaterally, to change the school‘s portion of property tax collection from a one-time collection from the winter tax bill, to collecting one-half in the winter, and one-half in the summer tax bills. I was told this was not a tax increase. Yet, I paid the full school tax with my winter tax bill. I am now paying another one-half with my summer tax bill, and will pay another one-half with my next winter tax bill, etc.
So, today, I have to come up with another $1,100; my future tax payments (on an annual basis), will not be reduced by $1,100. This is a tax increase, pure and simple.
This is particularly underhanded in that I had no notification of any public discussion of this; I received no notice when it was passed; my only notice came with my tax bill, with a due date of less than 30 days of receipt of the bill.
I find this sort of sneaky, back door behavior by public officials insidious. Of course, since I am a non-resident, and cant vote them out of office, they probably dont care what I think. When you tax everyone out of their properties (local businesses, and anyone with non-homestead property got hit with the same tax increase - homestead property did too, but at a much lower rate), youre not going to have much of a tax base left.
Thank you, East Jordan School Board, for demonstrating bad government doesnt exist just in Lansing and Washington. You qualify to leech off of the public just like they do.
If youre a voter in East Jordan, please ask yourselves if these are the type of people you want educating your children.
Tim Prophit East Jordan
Moonbeam‘s CD, which was reviewed last week, was an unfinished work in progress. The CD was intended as a demo only, and was inadvertently passed on for review. For an article on Moonbeam, see page 22.