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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 11/21/2011

- November 21st, 2011  

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Buy ‘Made in USA’

I love buying products made in the U.S.A. In a second-hand store the other day, I realized my generation missed out on the good feeling of holding something of great quality, turning it over, and seeing, “Made in U.S.A.”

But there is a brilliant and bold loophole, second-hand stores. They are proliferating here in Traverse City! Brilliant because it is more cost effective to buy quality used products. Bold because buying something made 50 years ago in the U.S.A., that still works better than something made at present, in country X, or shall I just say it, China, is a bold statement in itself.

I eat food from local farms and sit on a chair made in Tennessee in 1923. My plate rests on a table made in Wisconsin of REAL wood.

The other day I found a power drill made in Illinois, which had a sticker on it that said “Still Works!” I was like, hurray! I found myself crouched over it along with a sturdy green tool box made in the same town, feeling awe and gratitude.

These products came this far due to the care and craftsmanship of our good neighbors in Illinois. Growing up in a time where things are built to fade, and produced in countries thousands of gallons of oil away, it is refreshing to unearth these old pieces of our culture, still boldly drilling away.

And most of these products cost one tenth of what it would to buy new, poorly crafted items from the China stores: Walmart, Meijer, Target, Big Lots, etc.

Why not buy something less expensive, of better quality, and keep the money circulating here? Not only are you supporting Americanmade products, but also recycling.

Landfills in Michigan are becoming the highest elevation around. So here’s to Illinois drills!

Joe Warner • TC

Attention IPR

During your fund drives you indicate that you and your listners are very satisfied with current national and local programing.

You also share, and I to find it suprising, that only “10% to 15% of listeners in this mkt contribute.”

As one who would like to see NPR continue to add to listner diversity and local news, I can't help but wonder what efforts you and NPR could make to understand what these noncontributing listners might suggest to improve this approval rating?

Adrian DenHaan • Beulah

Thanks for the support

Over one year ago our family set out to become energy self-sufficient and in our own little way promote renewable, sustainable energy production at our farm Leelanau Lavender Breezes by installing a residential wind turbine. To prove the old axiom that no good deed goes unpunished we were subsequently sued for the alleged “nuisance” that we created.

At this writing we don’t yet know the outcome of our trial, but we wanted to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all of those who offered their support in all manner of ways. That list is too long to thank individually, but you know who you are!

It was truly humbling. One couple incurred ramifications that we can’t undo and for that we are very sorry. Tom Gallery was invaluable as our local expert engineer who spent countless hours on our behalf, but with the greater good at heart.

We were placed in the unenviable position of trying to protect our rights and investment. We continue to struggle to understand the logic of a legal system that “forces” us to spend exorbitant amounts of money to prove that we have done nothing wrong. We pray that the trial that we have endured will soon be over so we can return our attention to raising our three children with the time and energy they deserve in this truly special community we call home.

Shandy and Penny Spencer • Cedar

The 99 Percent is who?

We are the 99%, you are the 99%. This chant has echoed up and down Front Street for the past two weeks, though many of our populace has no idea what it means.

We are talking of the continuing wealth gap in America; the richest families in America keep getting richer while the middle class and other working Americans and floundering.

The average American CEO makes 343 times what the average American worker makes. What makes this most troubling, aside from the fact any wealth gap this large is unsustainable and ultimately bad for the economy, is that with our corporate structure and new campaign finance laws money equals power.

Last year in a controversial 5-4 decision the United States Supreme Court said that corporations were now allowed to give contributions without limit.

Our congressmen are now being pandered to and pandering different lobbying associations and worrying in the long run only about serving the interests that pay their way through the legislative process.

This has far reaching consequences into just about every facet of our life; without a fair and unbiased government we cannot have logical nationwide conservations on the wrongs that ail us as a country, such as global climate change. Without money our elected officials are no longer listening to us.

The system as it is set up now will only serve to perpetuate the wealth machine of the richest Americans at the cost of our hard work and the natural environment; this is not the American dream.

If you have any questions, concerns, would like to join, or partake in some friendly debate please do so. Information can be found at Facebook.com/occupytc and Occupytraversecity.org.

Matt Tomlinson • Grawn

CORRECTION

The MyStyle feature in last week's Express with Melissa Smith should have referred to her as the host of TV 7&4 News Today.

 
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