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Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Letters 09/26/2011

- September 26th, 2011  

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Call of the Wind

One sunlit and breezy summer day I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand the beauty of what a wind farm could be.

Just off 115, south of Cadillac across rolling farmland not so unlike our own Benzie County, windmills stand in exquisite harmony with their surroundings. As I watched those marvels hard at their work it became clearer than ever; these are not things to fear or dread, for as in many manmade creations there is a gentle and artistic grace to them.

So sometime when you get a chance, travel to Stony Corners Road. See for yourself. Hopefully you’ll then appreciate why so many of us in Joyfield Township are advocating for this elegant source of power.

Thomas Hart • Joyfield Township

Support Jobs Act

With 25 million Americans lacking adequate work, our country and our state needs jobs now. Please back President Obama’s job plan.

Republicans should not stand in the way.

Nearly all of the proposals in the American Jobs Act have been approved in the past by Republicans, so there is no reason for them not to pass the President’s bill except to play politics with American jobs.

Bonnie Mitchell • Johannesburg

marketing campaign (Letters 9/19). Why stop there? About 70% of us all too readily believed the lies of the Bush II crowd about the need for war.

You may recall during the Cuban missile crisis that our ambassador Adlai Stevenson used U2 spy plane pictures of missile sites in Cuba at the UN to justify our blockade. Kennedy called French President Charles de Gaulle and offered to have a military jet fly the pictures to Paris. While de Gaulle was no fan of the USA, his response provides great contrast. He reportedly told JFK that a special flight was not necessary, since no America president would ever lie about circumstances that could justify war.

The much bigger question is how 51% of us voted for Bush a second time—after the 9/11 Commission found no connection between Saddam and 9/11 and after the Duelfer Report (Iraq Study Group) found no WMD programs in Iraq.

Is it any wonder why the Bushies now avoid foreign travel, lest they be arrested and put to trial for war crimes? The other 70% of us will have to live with their varying degrees of personal culpability and think of an excuse to use on Judgment Day. As Fox Noise shows daily, many still prefer to rely on their opinions rather than any real examination of truth and facts.

True Lies

David Monroe of Interlochen apparently didn’t like Stephen Tuttle’s article about our immoral and unnecessary invasion of Iraq. He provides a list of prominent Democrats who also initially believed the WMD

Leonard Page • Cheboygan

More on ‘The Wrong Turn’

I spent a few days in the Traverse City area after Labor Day and was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of Northern Express Weekly and read Stephan Tuttle’s column, “The Wrong Turn.”

I recently retired after having had the privilege of spending the past 18 years as an employee of the U.S. House of Representatives and the American taxpayer while working as a staffer for two members of Congress. As a result, I spent more time looking closely at national issues than most do, or, sadly, more closely than most people are willing to invest the time to do. Mr. Tuttle has summed up the situation in which we find ourselves as a nation in a succinct and understandable column that every American should read.

Too many of us are letting sound bites from talking heads replace the reading, listening and thinking that should be invested in forming our own opinions.

From my generation’s war in Vietnam forward we have shown a willingness to applaud and support the same flag-wrapped phrases that continue to cost this great country embarrassment internationally, squander precious tax dollars, and more importantly, cost thousands of precious American lives. My thanks to Mr. Tuttle for putting his thoughts on paper and to Northern Express Weekly for printing it.

Jim Lewis • Saginaw

Wise viewpoint

Stephen Tuttle is a gem. His calm, evenhanded approach to writing about various issues is a welcome break from the panicladen discourse one usually finds in our present day media.

His opinion piece titled, “Take a Shot” demonstrates the staggering success rates for vaccines that have sadly passed through the taken-for-granted realm of our lives and entered the conspiracy theory realm. His efforts to bring people back to levelheadedness will be worth it if even one or two people contemplating NOT immunizing their children change their minds after reading his piece.

Thanks Stephen Tuttle. Keep it up.

Bob Buelow • Harbor Springs

Chose not to vaccinate

I am writing this in response to Stephen Tuttle’s article, “Take a Shot.” I have researched vaccinations for over 12 years now and have read article after article similar to what was written here. I’ve become tired of the fear-based rhetoric to scare parents into vaccinating their children.

I’ve become weary of the calls of conspiracy theory and urban myth in order to discredit reasons people choose not to vaccinate. I chose not to vaccinate myself and my children but I didn’t make that choice lightly and I didn’t make it as an uniformed mother of two. I made it after doing my own research, talking to physicians and other parents, and looking for healthier, more natural alternatives. As a natural health practitioner, I talk to many parents whose children are suffering from vaccine-related health issues. Those parents don’t need scientific studies to know how and why their child was harmed (even though the studies are out there) and they don’t need anyone telling them that they can’t prove it. As a parent, you know. That is enough.

My plea to parents and individuals is not to choose to vaccinate or not vaccinate because someone tells you what you should or should not. Don’t listen to me. Don’t listen to Stephen Tuttle. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Make an informed choice, not an empty one. That’s what I did and that is why I am 100% confident in my decision not to vaccinate. I am healthier for it and so are my children. But that’s me. You need to make your own choice.

Tuttle asks me to keep my unvaccinated children away from him and “the rest of us.” But Mr. Tuttle, if you have such confidence in the vaccines you are getting, why would you have to worry about that?

Heidi Kistler • Lake Ann

The legacy of biomass

To understand the result of removing “sustainable biomass” from our state forests, travel through an area in the Upper Michigan Kingston Plains, sometimes referred to and appropriately named “the pine barrens.”

Here, 120-year old stumps show the size of the white pine trees clear-cut from an area that remains “barren” today.

William Griffiths • via email


Credit for the photo of Father Fred on last week’s cover should have gone to Bob Ashmun of Traverse City.

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