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Letters 08-01-2016

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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Best Idea for Bringing Jobs to Northern Michigan?

- March 26th, 2012  

• Build a brewery
• Finally build the Meijer store in Acme
• Elect a new governor
• Affordable housing in town
• Expand Agritourism and farming
• Artisan foods and beverages
• Ask companies to come here because it is a great place to be
• Better 3g cell service
• Better tax structure for the state
• Breaks for small business
• Bring back the fi lm incentives
• Build a tunnel under the lake to Chicago
• Create a huge new wedding/entertainment venue
• Bring in a Trader Joe’s
• Bring back train service
• Build more golf courses
• Buy more local made products!
• Cut wages from the top and give more to
the honest hard working people
• Developing our wine and food tourism industry
• Don’t re-elect Obama
• Dump Rick Snyder
• Eliminate over half of all federal departments
• Enhance tourism & advertising
• Expand NMC to a medical school
• More Festivals!
• Fully legalize cannabis for both industrial and medical use
• Giant indoor waterpark
• Give new buisness a tax break
• Have a longer summer
• Hiring 50 plus year olds
• Reopen Sugarloaf as premiere ski resort!!
• Keep stores open later and the nightlife thriving
• Competitive taxes
• Legalize prostitution
• Less restrictions on cottage industries
• Make a Judes hospital here
• Make more movies here
• No taxes for sole proprietors for first year in business
• Pay people a competitive wage
• Reduce government involvement
• Create a Science museum (all ages)
• Supercar manufacturing

 
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