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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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Protesters head for Washington

Express Staff - December 19th, 2002
Protesters head for Washington

Citizens opposed to the pending war in Iraq will voice their opinions at a massive rally in Washington, D.C., on January 18, with a bus scheduled to make the round-trip from Traverse City.
Sponsored by the local Mideast: Just Peace organization, the 54 seat charter bus leaves Traverse City on Friday, January 17 for Washington D.C. returning mid-day on Sunday, January 19. Up to 500,000 people are expected at the demonstration.
Local marchers plan to take a banner to Washington proclaiming: “We the People of Traverse City Michigan Say NO TO WAR ON IRAQ.“ The banner will include the signatures of hundreds of local residents.
Seats are still available on the bus, at a fee of $77. For information, email Carol at as866@tcnet.org, or check out www.nrec.org.
Locally, antiwar marches are still underway every Saturday at 11 a.m. in Traverse City at the canoe sculpture on the Boardman River at the corner of Cass and Grandview Parkway. Weekly marches have been underway in Traverse City for nearly three months.
On Dec. 7, over 150 antiwar activists from across Michigan traveled to Wayne State University in Detroit to organize statewide resistance to the war. The group included five organizers from Northern Michigan.

Congressional hearing possible

Tony Hefner, the Rapid City author of “Between the Fences,“ who was profiled in the Dec. 5 issue of the Express for his efforts to expose corruption at an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) camp on the Mexican border, may get the congressional hearing he‘s been seeking.
Rep. Bart Stupak has requested a hearing with the House Committee on the Judiciary on Hefner‘s behalf. If a hearing can be arranged in the next session of Congress, Hefner hopes to share his information on sexual harassment and other abuses at the INS camp.

Star shines for Leelanau Conservancy

Amy Smart, who starred in the films “Rat Race,“ “Road Trip“ and Varsity Blues,“ will be shooting a public service announcement on behalf of the Leelanau Conservancy in a show of concern for her support of environmental and clean water issues.
Smart, who was featured last year in “Vanity Fair“ as one of Hollywood‘s most promising actresses, vacations in Northern Michigan with her parents. In her home state of California, she is an advocate for clean water issues. Currently, she is also working on a film called “Blind Horizon“ with Val Kilmer and Sam Sheppherd.
 
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