Letters 10-05-2015

Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

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- August 23rd, 2010
Living hell
I need to thank Anne Stanton for her
exceptional reporting of the case of Joni Holbrook (8/16). The article
is excellent, important journalism. Anne’s accurate, thorough
account detailing the living hell that Joni endured throughout her
entire marriage to Benzie cop Paul Holbrook is important for people to
There is a majority of people who know her actions were totally
justified, being her only escape from a life of torture at the hands
of a monster.
However, not surprising I guess, is the lack of support from his
fellow police who had to have had at least a clue as to the dark side
of this Jekyll and Hyde personality. Like, did they not question
Holbrook’s order to ‘check’ on her frequently? Further, I’m
incredulous at the comments and denial of Holbrook’s relatives; a
clear example of blame the victim. Denial is definitely a way of
protecting oneself from a horrible truth.
I wish peace and healing for all

Sally MacFarlane-Neal • via email

More kudos to Anne
Thank you for Anne Stanton’s excellent feature story on Joni Holbrook
(8/16). I was amazed at some of the details in the story and
therefore, read it twice. I also thought your feature about Ann
Avery-Miller was intriguing too. I am originally from Elk Rapids, so
some of the people mentioned in your story drew my attention.
Thank you for keeping the readers informed. And keep up the good work.

April Putman • Elk Rapids
A toast...
Thank you for publishing information about the Wine Rack (GearBox,
8/2). I never knew this existed and think it’s a great idea all
around! They could make PTA meetings far more interesting.

Vita K. Morse • TC

Peoples‘ university
Anne Stanton’s article “Happiness U” (8/9/10) hit the expensive high
points of applying to and entering college. She failed to mention an
invaluable state resource (one that has been on the chopping block
these past months) Michigan e Library, or MeL.org.
This collection of databases, net books, testing materials
and vetted websites is a free resource for anyone who lives in the
State of Michigan, either by IP verification from home or with a
driver’s license or state ID. All of these resources are also
available online and in print form at local libraries. For free.
Please do not discount a resource because it costs nothing for the
public to use it. Public libraries and the resources provided therein
are the people’s university.

Virginia Roberts, Director, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library

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