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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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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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