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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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Preserving the Pigeon/Energy Guru Nicole Foss

- September 13th, 2010
Preserving the Pigeon
The Pigeon River has enjoyed the protection of the Little Traverse
Conservancy since 1983 when Agnes A. Andreae donated 27 acres and a
cabin perched along the river.
Since then, the Conservancy has partnered with landowners and
donors to preserve more than 12 miles of frontage along the Pigeon
River, Little Pigeon River and their tributaries from development.
Recently, two new parcels were purchased by the Conservancy with
funding from the J.A. Woollam Foundation. Both parcels became part of
the Vivian VanCampen Nature Preserve, adding more than 22 acres and
2,600 feet of undeveloped river shoreline.
“These additions were especially important because they provided
protection on both sides of the river at this preserve,” said Ty
Ratliff, Conservancy land protection specialist.
The Vivian VanCampen Preserve now totals more than 58 acres and
3,700 feet of Pigeon River frontage, providing habitat for mink,
otter, raccoon and waterfowl species.





Energy guru Nicole Foss
Biologist and environmental consultant Nicole Foss (aka Stoneleigh)
has a lot of ground to cover at her appearance in Northern Michigan
this week.
She plans to “explain in plain language the economic and social
challenges of the financial crisis, including the future of taxes,
unemployment, housing prices, business sales, and investments.”
Her news release states that “Foss uses common sense to explore
complex energy issues from oil supply to renewables, the unsustainable
structure of the banking system, the irrationality of market behavior,
credit bubbles, inflation and deflation, interest rates, agriculture
subsidies and farm markets, globalization, and the potential for
geopolitical conflict.”
The upshot will be advice on how to get through a tough economy and
what may lie ahead.
The former editor of “The Oil Drum” in Canada, she currently edits
http://theautomaticearth.blogspot.com.
Nicole Foss will speak on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m in Bear Lake,
and on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Traverse Area District
Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., TC.

Camp’s pitch for
the rich
President Obama’s call to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich in the
coming months has earned the wrath of Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI),
who represents the Grand Traverse area.
President Obama proposes ending tax cuts for Americans and small
businesses making more than $250,000 per year -- about 2% of the
nation’s population. The funds would be used in an attempt to get the
economy back on track and cut the nation‘s 9.6% unemployment rate.
Under the Democrats’ plan, tax cuts would be extended for American
citizens and businesses making less than $250,000 per year.
But Camp and the Republican Party are framing the cuts as a
“job-killing $3.8 trillion tax hike.” The party is calling for a
two-year freeze on all current tax rates.
In an interview on Good Morning America last week, President Obama
said the Republican plan of extending tax cuts for “millionaires and
billionaires” is “probably the least efficient way of giving the
economy a boost.”

 
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