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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Webs of Blather

Stephen Tuttle - July 19th, 2010
Webs of Blather
We’re now barely two weeks away from the gubernatorial primary
election. So, let’s review.
The Republican race is down to three, maybe four, legitimate
candidates. As this is being written, Attorney General Mike Cox and
Congressman Peter Hoekstra are in what amounts to a statistical dead
heat. Businessman Rick Snyder is a very close third and Oakland
County Sheriff Mike Bouchard trails.
On the Democrat side, Speaker of the House Andy Dillon leads Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero by double digits but a staggering 4 out of 10
Democratic voters are still undecided.
Cox has been bombarding the local airwaves. As you might have heard,
he’s tough enough to lead Michigan. Snyder, who you might have heard
is one tough nerd, can also be seen with some frequency displacing the
usual barrage of furniture store ads. Hoekstra has just started
advertising up here but he has plenty of money so we should be seeing
plenty of his 30 second black and white lectures. Bouchard’s
commercials have just started appearing on local television.
The Republican candidates have a certain sameness about them. Cox is
going to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Hoekstra is
going to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Snyder is going
to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Bouchard is going to
cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs.
Cox’s latest commercial blitz, which includes enough quick cuts to
induce seizures, makes the bold claim that he will cut spending by $4
billion. Snyder says he’s going to run the state like a business.
Hoekstra... well, he likes to point his finger and tell us to write
down what he says.
Dillon and Bernero are concentrating most of their efforts in
Democratic vote-rich southeastern Michigan though somebody is now
running pro-Bernero anti-Dillon spots on the local airwaves. Bernero
continues to be the most compelling of all candidates because he seems
perpetually on the verge of some kind of explosion. That would be
fun.
There is no way to tell what the hell these guys are talking about
from their paid media spots. There never is. So I took a bold step
and went to their web sites. And actually read them. Much as I’d
like to suggest we all become better informed about every candidate at
every level I can’t, in good conscience, recommend reading these web
sites. They are ponderously long and full of the kind of rhetoric
that will make you woozy and then give you a headache.
Cox’s site is especially disappointing, full of punctuation, grammar
and syntax errors of the sort that would require any self-respecting
teacher to demand a parent-teacher conference had a student made
similar mistakes. State employees will discover, much to their
chagrin, that Cox might or might not be tough enough to lead Michigan
but he is definitely tough on them. Much of his budget-cutting plans
fall on the backs of state workers (he wants fewer of them), including
teachers. He’d also like to cut their salaries, reduce their benefits
and turn their pensions into a 401K crap shoot. Presumably, there are
Republican voters among state workers and teachers who will not be
amused.
Hoeskstra’s site makes all kinds of claims about how he will turn
Michigan around as governor. Not surprisingly, it does not mention he
was unable to do that at the national level as a member of Congress,
including when the Republicans held a majority. Oh, well.
Rick Snyder is certainly the most interesting of the Republicans.
A successful businessman, his rhetoric lacks much of the usual BS
career politicians are so good at. His site, refreshingly, ignores
the social issues usually important but divisive to Republican voters.
His notion of running Michigan like a business is appealing until one
realizes government is not a business and cannot be run like one. His
site does not mention if he’ll attempt to eventually sell Michigan to
Taiwan-based computer giant Acer, as he did Gateway.
Alas, the Democrats’ sites are no more interesting or encouraging.
Andy Dillon’s is interminably long; literally a book. His philosophy
seems to be there is no issue that isn’t worth talking to death.
Criminals would be discouraged from committing additional offenses if
they knew part of their sentence was going to be to read this thing.
Did I mention it’s long?
Virg Bernero is mercifully brief by comparison but the tone is
generally the same. There will be some budget cutting, some
consolidating, some eliminating waste, some of the always popular job
growing and some improving education.
Here’s the problem: none of them have the power to do much of
anything they claim they can do. The governor can establish a mood
and set some goals but they don’t write or pass legislation and they
can’t enact their favored programs by executive fiat.
For all the bluster there isn’t much to choose from on either side.
We’ve got plenty of cutting and shrinking and toughness, but very
little smartness. What we need is someone capable of making the
legislature work together, get something accomplished and instill some
much needed confidence in the people. And clearly understand that
this is our government and our future they’re talking about.

 
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