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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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- March 19th, 2012  

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Thanks utilities

I think we all need to highly commend the utility companies for all the extremely hard work they (with basically no sleep) have done to get Northern Michigan’s power restored last week!

I can’t imagine trudging thru very deep snow to find broken branches and where the lines are down. Then on top of it all, with high winds March 7 causing more outages that they had to repair.

As Nick Edson (from Cherryland Electric) said on AM 580 March 7 that they will not stop until every last person has power.

What incredible caring people we have in this area! We thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!

Nancy Wright • Maple City

School funding inequities

I attended the Northwest Michigan Economic Summit held at the Hagerty Center on Friday, March 2, 2012.

During the Q and A with Governor Snyder, Mr. Luciani, President of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, questioned him about inequitable school funding.

Gov. Snyder shared he would put it on his list and it might be considered in a couple of years.

In the meantime, any cut to the foundation grant for TCAPS results in a greater percentage cut than higher funded districts. Any increase in the grant means a smaller percentage increase for our district.

The bottom line is TCAPS takes larger cuts and smaller increases at the whim of the governor and legislature. The students of Traverse City simply can’t wait a couple of years.

Take relentless positive action by contacting Gov. Snyder and our local legislators.

Tell them you believe our children are not worth less than other children around the state.

Tell them our children deserve equal opportunity with students in higher funded districts.

Tell them we can’t wait a couple of years to end this discrimination.

Mary McGee-Cullen • TC

Hold all acccountable

Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying something like “Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.”

In 2001 after 9/11, Bush said more than once, paraphrased here because his actual statements are now obscured, “We will not change anything due to these attacks – doing so would be giving in to terrorists.”

Yet the so-called ‘Patriot’ Act and related laws say and do otherwise – see aclu.org/reform-patriot-act for details.

I recall a work manager saying who cares about electronic privacy – if you have nothing to hide then why worry about it!

Imagine the Nazis being able to use the snooping that we allow today – and remember our Declaration of Independence:

“. . . Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Join MoveToAmend.Org – once corporations are accountable to government instead of the other way around perhaps some sanity may prevail.

Jeff Mort • TC

 
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