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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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- January 4th, 2010
Don‘t change term limits
I once had a professor tell me that no politician should be elected to office more than once.
His reasoning was if they aren’t smart enough to line their pockets in one term we sure don’t want them around for two terms.
If you give a politician two drinks at the well he will want three and so forth. They will never be happy with the limits we need to put on them.
Our federal government is a prime example of what you get when you give anyone power and no end to its use. I have heard the word trust used in the argument to remove term limits. If you know a politician you trust, please write a letter to the editor and tell us why. Also, tell me why they can’t get the job done in one term. We limit the highest office in our government to two terms.

Norbert Tutlis • TC

No problem with
local concert scene
I’m joining those who’ve objected to your question, “Where are the Concerts?”
While I don’t have a venue to promote like Mr. Curths and Mr. Jenneman, I am a trained musician and an habitual concert attendee. And as such, I think your article represents your own lack of appreciation of a wider music culture that is abundant in Northern Michigan.
We are not all oriented toward the Modern Rock and ForePlay musicians; there are excellent jazz, regular Irish music sessions, fine chamber music, and a variety of talented folks who join together in social music-making, whether it’s folk, religious, or family-based.
In addition, Northern Michigan is home to a collection of professional musicians who are on the road part of the year playing bagpipes, piano, trumpet and bass and who are often found in local venues when they are at home.
One of the great joys of my life is finding music locally and enjoying the diverse sounds of Northern Michigan.
I wish the Northern Express would go on such treasure hunts as well.

Judith Lindenau • via email

‘War on Terror‘ lives on
Exactly when did that “Endless War On Terror” end (re: Random Thoughts, 12/28)? I don’t want to miss celebrating VT Day next year.

Charlie Johnston • via email


 
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