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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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