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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Letters 12/26/02

Various - December 26th, 2002
Leave the valley alone

Driving in to NMC to classes, I almost always take Keystone Road. I prefer taking this way because I love driving down into the valley and following the river into town. Many times I see people getting ready to hike the trails and enjoy the beauty and serenity that they find along the banks of the Boardman River.
All this will change, however, if the Road Commission gets their way and builds the bridge through the valley. Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Road Commission is determined to destroy the last piece of wilderness Traverse City has left. The price we will pay, for the very little relief in traffic congestion, is too high. Traverse City does not need more roads. We need to have the already existing roads improved, widened if necessary in a way that will do the least amount of environmental harm, and leave the one place where you can go to escape the noise and smell of city traffic behind protected for generations to come.
“If you build it they will come“ as the famous line goes. If the Hartman-Hammond Bridge is built, they will come. More and more people, traffic and congestion. Is this what we want for a city that is rapidly loosing it‘s small town appeal? No, it‘s not. It‘s time the Road Commission hears and listens to the people of the Traverse City region. Leave the valley alone. Save the taxpayer‘s money and save the Boardman River Valley.

Gabe Evans • Honor

Put your money where your mouth is

In your “Jesus in the Driver‘s Seat“ editorial (12/5), you chastise SUV‘s and specifically the HumVee. Yet, on page 2 of the same edition you accepted casino dollars to run a full page ad featuring the same HumVee. On page 23, you accepted money to run a half-page ad that beings “Finest SUV‘s.“ On page 36 you again accept casino dollars to run yet another full page ad featuring another SUV. You made approximately $1,800 in this issue directly and indirectly successfully promoting the sale of a product you oppose.
May I suggest some proactive sales promotion. Perhaps for future publications, as a compromise to refusing to print those ads, you can contact these same businesses and suggest that if they exclusively promote hybrid vehicles or more fuel efficient vehicles, you will offer them an advertising discount. I think you might feel less guilty, less hypocritical, and less anti-environment when you open your wallets to spend advertising dollars that actually promote what you preach.

John Freeman • Williamsburg

Cheers for Jim

I agree with Mike Delp about Jim Olson (as I am sure all his family and friends do), that Jim doesn‘t spend too much time relaxing in front of an incense burner or anywhere else (re: Letters 12/28). He is legendary in this area for deades of noble gratis work for good causes ass partially documented by the Express in a cover article several years ago.
Only an uninformed citizen would believe we don‘t need fast, concise regulation of any private ownership or international shipping of Great Lakes water. That‘s what Jim, Holly Spaulding and all the Sweetwater Alliance are working for. Thank you to all of them!
As Jim Olson says, “This water issue is not about restricting water to the Great Lakes region. It is about stopping private ownership of water, so if people around the world do need emergency water, we the citizens, through our elected officials, will decide if it is for the public good; not those who want to own the water to profit from other‘s suffering.“
Water wars may not happen in our lifetimes, but they will almost certainly happen. How long before *you* wouold become a slave for water? Who shall control it? How about the indigenous people for a change! Not big business.

Kathy Browning • Lake Ann
 
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