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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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- January 18th, 2010
Overwired hipsters
After reading your article, “The Great Beagle Chase,” I was struck with a
much deeper understanding of why so many people in the rest of the world
have come to hate and fear us and why we in fact have come to feel the
same way about each other.
It is not so much that they hate our freedom as much as what we do with
it. It’s true, we face many issues greater than one more over-wired,
self-absorbed urban hipster but, I do not think it was “ironic” that Lima
was found by the one person paying attention and not spending time
‘tweeting’ on their iPhone, updating Facebook and writing a blog.
While it may be that I fall on the side of Mr. Howe in matters of politics
and culture in this very divided country, let me make one thing perfectly
clear - if you have a Facebook page for your dog you are part of the
problem.

James Carpenter • via email

Different viewpoints
Regarding Tim Butler’s letter “Tea Party Viewpoint” (1/11), certainly the
Bill of Rights gives Tim the right to speak his mind about the Express,
but those same rights are given to the Express and it’s loyal readers.
While he may have had relatives enjoying tea parties, I have relatives
serving in the armed forces of this country to guarantee Mr. Butler’s
right to speak out about his beliefs, his relatives’ right to protest, and
my right to laugh at the wonderful satirical cartoons in the Express.
Perhaps I should write a letter to Fox News confronting them with their
lies, fabrications and crazy right-wing scare tactics. I might even
threaten to withhold advertising dollars just to really scare them. OR, I
could just pop some popcorn and sit down for the laughs Sarah Palin will
surely get as their newest pundit!
I appreciate the Express and it’s views, and cannot wait to get each new
issue, especially to read “This Modern World.” Keep up the good work!

Wendy Daniels • Bellaire

Rock Hall‘s dirty secret
In response to Rich Cenci’s letter in last week’s Northern Express,
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has absolutely nothing
whatsoever to do with artistic merit, influence or popularity. The
choice of inductees is decided by Jann Wenner and his board of record
company executives, who then decide whose catalog they need to move
this year, and that’s who gets in.
That’s ONE scenario. The public has no say in the process at all, so
all the superfans of one particular artist out there who are constantly
circulating petitions are wasting their time and energy.
As to who belongs and who doesn’t, that is all a matter of personal
opinion. Billie Holiday? Yeah, maybe she doesn’t “belong” (perhaps she
was an influence on some R&B performers), but since the Beatles
incorporated classical themes into their music, does that mean they
don’t belong either?
One of my all-time favorite bands, the Pretty Things, will probably
never make into the Hall of Fame but do I feel they belong? HELL YEAH.
Why? For the same reason the Dave Clark Five belong in the Hall. They
made GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RECORDS. All a matter of opinion and taste.
To sum up: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is a great museum, but a
flawed concept.

John Trembly • TC
Give thanks
Something to think about: Be thankful you have a job, if you’re tired
and wish you didn’t have to go to work.
Be thankful that at least you’re getting paid for this day, even if you
have a bad day.
Be thankful, that at least you got paid, even if the money doesn’t seem
enough.
Be thankful you have a steady paycheck if the rat race gets you down.
Be thankful you have benefits and days off. Would you rather have no
heat, no money for gas, no money for insulin and medicines, no money
for food? Fill in your own needs.
Remember, and be thankful.

Susan K. Johnson • Williamsburg

Population crunch
In reference to the review of the film,
Collapse, in the January 4 issue: The collapse of civilization because of
the end of oil is not as immediate as the population crash in certain
countries where the birth rate is no longer enough to sustain current
populations.
When the average number of children per family drops below two, the
population will decline. Russia is worst off, with little more than one
child per mother. As a result of the low birth rate, poor health care and
alcoholism, Russia is losing 500,000 in population every year.
A similar decline is taking place in Italy, Germany, and Spain where birth
rates no longer sustain the population. What’s left is an aging
population.
Even China and India are experiencing demographic crises because of a
shortage of female babies. A future wife in India can now refuse a
marriage contract if the groom doesn’t promise her a proper toilet. There
is a shortage of potential wives.
More and more children are raised as the only child of parents who
themselves had no siblings. That means children with only one parent, no
siblings, and no uncles or aunts.
We are already experiencing the difficulties of this situation in our own
classrooms. Children raised by one parent who have no siblings and sit for
hours playing computer games have problems relating to other kids.
Splintered families lose the benefit of living in a multi-generational
environment.

Harley Sachs • Houghton, MI


 
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