Letters

Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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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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