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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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