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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 12/12/2011

- December 12th, 2011  

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Biomass not the answer

I find somewhat amusing the position the TCL&P (Traverse City Light & Power) Board has taken. Having attended two of the meetings about biomass with over 100 people present and a few TCL&P Board meetings, I will have to agree with Mike Coco that the meetings were open to the public and the public had input at them.

The rate-payers, residents, and citizens overwhelmingly turned down the idea of biomass for Traverse City at both meetings. The only thing that was transparent at the end of each meeting was that the TCL&P Board didn’t care what the people wanted, but that they were going to move ahead with biomass and do it their way. The TCL&P Board needs to be dissolved, Ed Rice needs to retire, and Mike Coco needs to take a hike.

One can only wonder how reliable the report is about removing the dams on the Boardman River. If TCL&P wants clean and renewable energy, we already have a system in place. It may cost a few million dollars to upgrade them, but it IS going to cost millions to build biomass plants or to remove the dams.

Larry Domine • TC

Fracking letter offbase

I feel disappointed in the Northern Express for publishing LuAnne Kozma’s letter with the title Exposing Duplicity in the November 28 issue.

Does the Northern Express have an obligation to investigate allegations of duplicitous conduct against a person in a letter to the editor? Does the Northern Express have any duty to contact the cochairs of Don’t Frack Michigan to verify those accusations before making a judgment and joining in the allegations with a headline of Duplicity Exposed.

It seems to me that the Northern Express has a professional duty to verify facts of a letter before accusing someone with duplicity. Perhaps it did; but if not, then the title should read Duplicity Alleged?

Ms. Kozma’s letter to the editor, and its headline, accuses Jo Anne Beemon of working on behalf of the gas companies, writing their legislative bills. Is Jo Anne Beemon working on the side of the gas companies?

I know Jo Anne Beemon and what she stands for. On Fridays, for over ten years now, Jo Anne and I, and other Women In Black, have occupied the corner of East Park in downtown Charlevoix to stand against War.

Jo Anne Beemon faces the world with an open, smiling face, not a duplicitous two face. Was I mistaken in my impression that the Northern Express is a professional news journal rather than a tabloid?

Even if you have to publish whatever wild accusations some disgruntled person may make against another, you do not have to join in the hatchet job by highlighting the accusation in the letter headline. You were not fair to Jo Anne Beemon or your readers. By publishing Ms. Kozma’s letter; you have contributed to a divisive, personal agenda, destructive to the credibility of the organizations working to stop fracking in Michigan.

Meriwether McClorey • Boyne City

Editor's Note: For more on the fracking controversy, see our story on page 10.

Where our money goes

There was once a frequent public service announcement on the radio, asking parents, “Do you know where your children are?” With cell phones, that is far less of a concern now. It’s time to change the announcement to “Do you know where your money, personal and taxes, has gone?” Walking away from a cashier, we don’t think twice about our spending and the consequences.

Your taxes buy death as do many of your purchases. Your taxes buy inhumanity to others, degradation, starvation, and worse.

Isn’t it time to say no to your pocketbook and the government? No more funds to support the worst that humankind can do; no more funds to pay for land theft and destruction of livelihoods. No more funds to promote ethnic cleansing.

Please join me in reviewing how you spend your money. Where that money goes whether through corporate support of policies that promote human rights violations or funding through taxes to assassinate individuals without trial, the blood is on our own hands for not saying no.

A list of companies to avoid is easily found on endtheoccupation.org. Look up “boycott corporations” to find those that support child labor and death in other countries. Who died or is suffering for your new possession?

Barbara Young • Bear Lake

Funding for prosecution

My wife and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Traverse City and had occasion to read the Northern Express Weekly.

I was pleased to see and read Stephen Tuttle’s article, “Something Isn’t Right,” which was very timely and appropriate in light of the Penn State fiasco. We were also aware of the Clark case, as we know the attorney who successfully prosecuted the case.

I think it is important that you are made aware that the funding for Clark’s prosecution, and similar types of cases, was derived from a grant from the federal government, administered through the Michigan Attorney General’s office, and handled through the prosecuting attorneys’ offices of the several counties that were jointly involved with the grant.

This meager funding was efficiently utilized for professional fees to prosecute these cases with the overhead of the office space etc. already in place and covered by the prosecutors’ offices.

The initial funding established by the federal government was to sundown this year with the hoped-for belief that the results of this grant would be self-evident, and therefore the funding would be replaced by the respective counties receiving these services.

With the present economy, this tragically has not happened, with again the real potential for people such as Clark to slip through the system.

I am hopeful that you will do further investigative journalism and ascertain the number and types of cases that were handled and successfully prosecuted.

By bringing this information to light, it is possible that it will generate enough interest to allow this program to be appropriately funded by the respective counties whose citizens have benefited from this program. I truly believe that almost 100% of the people are in agreement with the aggressive prosecution of the despicable perpetrators of these crimes.

Pete Carmody • L Anse


The date given for the Frozen Foot Race sponsored by Running Fit and the Traverse City Track Club in the Winter Fun Guide last week was incorrect. The correct date for the race is Jan. 21.

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